Monday, March 16, 2015

Well, this week was a pretty solid week.  We did a lot to help prepare our investigators for baptism.  We baptized a tat this week which was probably one of the most entertaining and awesome experiences.  You would never think an 85 year old woman would be so energetic to get into the water and get dunked.  We did not have a lot show up to church this week.  We planned on about 10 being there and only 1 was, but, now she can be baptized this week! 

It is really important to be obedient in this life.  It's a super big blessing that God has given us and he has given us the best gift of all, agency.  He gives us the ability to choose everything for ourselves and come to know the truth for ourselves and accept his will.  In DC 130:20-21, it says that all blessings are predicated by the law, which means that our blessings are already there and God is just waiting to give us them, all we need to do is obey his law and do the things that we have been taught to do and we'll receive them.  They are always in God's time, but what's wrong with that? It means that much more when you know that you have endured and been patient and have done everything asked and then he just showers blessings on you.  I also found a scripture that will be one of my favorites forever, DC59:23  23 But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.  
I just like how it says he will find peace in this life as well as the world to come, eternal life.  It all depends on what we do.  We all have the ability to be amazing in this life and build our mansions in heaven by the things we do in this life.  It's been super fun to see the change in me and my companion when we try to focus on just being better people.  This gospel is everything to me, and to my companion, and to these people here.  God blesses everyone so much, it's a blessing to know of the gospel and to live it.  We had a district meeting last week that really stuck out to me because our district leader talked a lot about giving thanks to the Lord, for anything.  He also said that there is a common theme that happens to people who give thanks to the Lord, Alma48:  11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
 12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold,the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever;yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

I really do know that if we are all giving thanks constantly to God for the tender mercies we have, we will receive more, because we acknowledge that everything good is from God.  Love you all and hope you have an amazing week! Keep on praying and never give up!

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