Sunday, February 16, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Well this week went quick! They all seem to now. Here is some advice.
This week was truly humbling. We went to meet with a family of a man who wanted to come back to church. They had no running water, or food, or money. Something I am learning a lot about in the South is our needs. We really don’t need all that we think we do. Half of the people we teach have no bike or car or really anything. We are so blessed to have both!
Well here is a thought I had about a story I was reading:
There is a story in the Book of Mormon of a group of people who got in a lot of fights. They fought so much that they killed many in battle. One day a great missionary came and taught them about the gospel and forgiveness. They repented of their sins and decided to not fight anymore. They were so committed that they buried all of their swords deep in the earth so that they could not sin and be tempted. I love that concept! We need to get rid of all the things that cause sin and temptation in our lives. If we smoke, get rid of the cigarettes. If we want to go on a diet, get rid of the sweets!
The second part to this story goes as follows: They put away all of their swords. “Since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God.” (Alma 24:15) They knew repentance was hard and they didn’t want to risk having to repent of that sin again. They knew they needed to get rid of the things, so that they would not relapse, and fall back into their old ways.
Well they went on with that, but soon the enemy came to attack. The Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s decided to not fight back. “But behold, they had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of their enemy” (Alma 26:32). They cared for their enemy, children of God, so much that they wouldn’t fight back becuase that would take another life. They decided instead, to sacrifice their own.
The enemy took advantage of that and started slaying them, so they started praying. Many were killed, but pretty soon the enemy noticed that they weren’t fighting and felt guilty. They saw their good example and decided to not fight them and come closer to Christ.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Hello Ya’ll! This week it snowed in Conway, South Carolina!
The people went crazy! School was canceled for four days because there was so much black ice on the road. The whole county was covered in an inch or ice for two full days! We weren’t allowed to drive, but when the weather got better, we were able to go door knocking. It was a very successful week because it was so cold that everyone was home.
There was just sheet of ice everywhere, we could walk across it over the grass and it wouldn’t even crack! The weather is typically warm here, so everyone freaked out. They bought all the milk, eggs, and bread out of the stores. They warned us for days that this would happen. It was like the end of the world was coming. Stores were closed, people stayed bundled up inside, and jobs were cancelled. Then everyone referenced that we must be use to this being from Utah, I just smiled and laughed. Everyone member naturally assumes we are from Utah.
Something that I have been thinking about it a scripture from Mark 8:36 which reads “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Here are a couple situations from this week:
1) A lady we are teaching is going through a difficult time financially and family wise. Sadly, she has made very poor decision in her past that are now catching up with her. Well, she wants to change and be baptized! In order to do such she needs to stop smoking and live the law of chastity. She has been trying to do both because the Lord has a clear standard. After just moving into a new home, she must kick her boyfriend out (she chose not to marry him) and during this stressful time (when she wants cigarettes even more) she must quit.
2) We have been teaching a very well known and respected Reverend for a couple of months now. He is like our church a lot and he is a wonderful man. But he must be baptized into Christ church to receive all the blessings, by doing so, he would be denouncing his past church. The whole community will take notice.
The first part of the scripture reads: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul? We are all called upon to give up certain habits, life styles, pasts, or futures. I guess the question is: What will be give? Or rather, what will we not give? I know that there is no price to big, no cost too heavy in order to follow Christ.
There was a King in the Book of Mormon, named Kind Middoni, who was taught by a missionary named Aaron. He learned about eternal life and said: “What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? He then continued: “I will give up all that I posses, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.” (Alma 22:15)
King Middoni realized that gaining the world will not carry with him in the life to come. On this subject, President Uchtdorf, an apostle of the Lord, stated: “You could pile up the accumulated currency of the entire world and it could not buy you a loaf of bread in the economy of heaven.” I know that if we follow Christ, we can have that eternal life. He already paid the price, for us, we just need to follow him to receive the gift.
It’s called the Bible Belt for a reason: Many people study their bible throughout the day. Some people, even debate it for fun with each other. We started teaching a lady named Iris, who every week, has her sister come over and they debate the Bible. Well we happen to be teaching Iris, when, her Sister came over for that weekly appointment during out appointment (of course). We were able to stand our own because “we have been called of God to share what we know, and we know that our message is true.” I enjoyed having another person to teach, two is better than one, but it was exhausting! Needless to say, I went home and memorized some more Bible scriptures. Its really not that bad all the time. Some people know the Bible up and down, but some people really don’t. It just depends.