Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More Fun Experiences in Greeley!

Last week we taught the Word of Wisdom lesson (no alcohol, drugs, coffee, tea, or tobacco) to Heather and she loved it. She drank coffee before the lesson and as soon as she learned what God has commanded us to do she agreed to give up coffee. It was sweet to see. She is so prepared :D Her baptism is going to be on June 7th so that is exciting. 

The housing guy from the stake called and tried to get us to move out of our apartment to a member's home. Only problem is that the member lives in the Ashcroft ward and we serve in the Peak View ward... and we are on bikes so we told him no! We explained the situation and we are no longer moving. I'm glad because I like living with the Spanish Elders although they don't clean up their messes. We helped move a family and they gave us their lazy boy couch. The Zone Leaders and us took 3 hours to help them so they took us to Golden Corral. We rearranged our living room to fit it and now we have two couches and a nice talking/sitting area. We are refined :) 

President Brown's family, consisting of his 89 year old father and two brothers, came to speak to the Greeley and Fort Collins zones. They shared some sweet stories. One of the brothers (Mike) taught a Navy man in Jacksonville Florida and set him with a baptismal date. Before the man's date came, he was deployed to Rome Italy where it just happens that Barry (the other brother was serving). Barry met the man who said he wanted to be baptized and asked him who the previous missionaries were who taught him. His reply was, "Elder Brown". How cool is that?!?! One brother taught him in Florida and the other brother baptized him in Italy. Coincidence? I think not! Grandpa Brown got up and told us never to waste a moment of our missions or our lives. It was precious. The reason the brothers came with their dad to visit President Brown is because they don't know how much time their dad has left. When Sister Brown told us that, I was really touched. President Brown let us share in the experience of perhaps seeing his dad for the last time in this mortal life. It also reminded me of the sacrifices he is also making as a missionary.

We were biking up a hill the other day and this really dark Hispanic dude pulled up and offered us a ride. We told him to take us to 27th St and 57th Ave and guess where he takes us? Two miles away from our destination to 47th Ave and 30th St. We would have been better off not taking the ride in the first place. Don't take rides from strangers, children!

Yesterday at Church, the Stake President spoke. He recounted five truths that he knew with all his heart. I know these to be true as well. 
The first being Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer. He is literally Son of God. Because of His sacrifice, we can all return to the presence of our Father in Heaven. 
The second truth is that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. He truly did see God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. He was called at a young age to do this "great and marvelous work". We do not worship him, but we respect and honor him for the courage he had to do what is right even in the midst of great adversity. He was martyred for what he knew to be true. He truly is the Prophet of the Restoration! 
The third truth is that the Book of Mormon is the very word of God. Every page testifies that Jesus is the Christ. It contains His everlasting Gospel. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, "The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on this Earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than any other book." Test out that for yourself!
The fourth truth is that we have prophets on the Earth today! Just like in times of old, we have prophets that receive revelation from God to speak to the world. We read about prophets throughout the Bible and Book of Mormon (Eph 2:20). If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why would he give them prophets and leave us in the dark today? That seems unfair, but it is also untrue. We have prophets and apostles on the Earth today. Thomas S. Monson is His Prophet today. 
The fifth truth is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only full, true, and living church of Christ on the Earth today. When Christ walked the Earth, he preached his Gospel and established His Church. He gave Priesthood authority to act in His name to worthy servants. This allowed them to baptize, confirm the Gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 19:6), and do works in Christ's name. We have that same Church here on the Earth today. It was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon is evidence of that. The Priesthood has been passed down generation to generation and I know this to be true.
If you want to find out for yourself, ask of God. Take the council found in the Bible and Book of Mormon and ask of God with a sincere heart. Just do it #Nike

This week should be more exciting because we have more appointments and more things going on. Lots of random things happen out here. For instance, last night Elder Penaranda and I went outside to play Frisbee with the local Mexican children. He was asking them if their parents were interested in having us come over. Of course he isn't my comp, Elder Miller is. We went on an inter-zone exchange but we live together. 

Much Love,
Elder Sell

Elder Penaranda and Elder Sell modeling the Book of Mormon


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