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.