Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 6

Another week goes by! Days seem to drag at times when the work isn't there. From lunchtime to 4:00 it is hard to visit and find people because most people have jobs. On the other hand, weeks seem to fly by. Quite the paradox. We went sledding for the second time last p-day. It was high 40's, almost no breeze, sunny, the snow was harder/slicker -- basically optimum sledding weather. By the time I walked all the way to the top of the mountain, I was sweating in my jacket. I took it off and just enjoyed being there. Enjoy the small moments. That's something I've learned out here so far. Enjoy the little things. Whether it is a baby's smile, a beautiful view, or having a conversation with a friend. ENJOY IT! I mean, why not? If you're going to do something no matter what, might as well enjoy it.
 
Each Elder in my district went down the hill twice before we were too tired to walk all the way back up. The last run of the day consisted of putting four sleds together and all six of us getting on and going down this smaller hill that had three jumps on it. Now that's district unity! Speaking of district unity, transfer doctrine (a voice mail containing who is staying and who is leaving) came this Saturday. My companion is leaving as well as the other two old missionaries in each set. All three of us younger Elders are staying in our areas. 

We taught a 13 year old boy and his mother the importance of the Book of Mormon as well as how to recognize an answer from God through prayer. The Book of Mormon is important because it is the keystone of our religion. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet and he truly saw God, The Father, and Jesus Christ, then Joseph really did restore Christ's Church to the Earth, then The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unequivocally Christ's Church on the Earth today led by a living prophet of God. I mean, it's pretty simple really. Either Joseph Smith was the biggest liar in the history of the world, OR he was what he professed to be. There is no gray area. In Matthew, chapter 7, Christ concludes His Sermon on the Mount. 

 15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’sclothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

 17. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

 18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupttree bring forth good fruit.

 19. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,and cast into the fire.

 20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


Verse 20 is the best because it is so true. The fruits of the Prophet Joseph Smith is the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God. Look at the fruits of this Church. The humanitarian aid, the emphasis on strengthening families, the core values of hard work, morality, financial discipline, and integrity. All these things are the fruits of this Church. It is growing at an ever increasing rate. 80,000+ 18-25 year old young men and young women are currently serving missions. This is because we all know the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the Earth!
 
I challenge anyone and everyone to READ THE BOOK OF MORMON. Prayerfully study it. Honestly ponder it. Ask God if it is true and you will receive the confirmation that it is true. If you've read it once or twice already, that's good, but read it again and again and again and again... Practice what it teaches. It teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is faith unto repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. Practice what the Book of Mormon teaches, then ask yourself if you are not happier, feel closer to God, or more confident that Jesus is the Christ. So that's my challenge to everybody.

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