September 12, 2016


Arlington 6th Ward


Elder Anthony Virgin

Guess Who Was Driving at 1:30am

I have been so tired it is not even funny! I have no idea why but both

of us are super tired and we have probably taken more naps this past

week than I have the rest of my mission put together. I. Was. Tired.

Our exchange with Arlington 5th might have been a reason why we were

both so tired. So I'll tell you the first part of the exchange first.

It went really well! I was here with Elder Burton And we taught the

Cox family again. This time, we set expectations with Brother Cox. We

told him what we and God would like for him which is to be sealed to

his wife and children for time and all eternity. He said that he would

like to work towards that as well. So now, we are working towards

baptism with him!! :) Then we stopped by Gabrielle and talked to her

for a few minutes. We had a stellar night that night as we went out

and taught a few investigators. After nightly planning at 9:30 (this

is when it gets fun), Elder Burton and I get a call from Arlington 5th

asking us if we could go pick them up. We asked why and they said that

Elder Hutchison needed to go see the doctor for his leg... What!? So

we get there at about 10pm and we go to where the mission nurse told

us to go but it was a wrong address. So now, we go to the only other

24/7 emergency clinic that we knew of all the way in north Arlington.

We get there about 10:30ish and we wait about a half hour before the

front desk lady says that the Comay would be about $199 - $500... Our

co pays with our missionary medical is only supposed to be $10... We

said we would be leaving. So, we left but I had a thought about a

different place we could go. We went there, co pay was $10 so we

stayed. And stayed. And stayed. 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 then finally we

get out of there at 12:45 IN THE MORNING!!!! We didn't get home and in

bed until 2am!!!!!!! We were dead haha. That led to several 2 hour

naps in the following couple of days haha. We were wiped. It was

really fun!

Obedience is the first law of basically everything in the gospel. The

blessing that come from keeping the commandments all come because you

exercise your agency or your ability to choose for yourself. The

gospel works in such a way that everything builds upon Escher. The

more you keep the commandments, the more love for you have for God and

men, the more you remember Christ and he more you have the Holy Ghost

to be with you and much, much more. All of those things will help you

be happy and deepen your desire to keep God's commandments out of love

for him not because of mere obligation or because of the blessings.

So, if that is so wonderful and brings all of those blessings, how do

we do it? We simply choose to keep the commandments. Whoa whoa whoa...

Elder Jefferies, can it really be that simple? Yes it can be. There

are stumbling blocks that get in our way, temptations that throw us

off and knock us down, but we just need to choose to get back up. But

it comes down to choosing. Exercising our agency. There is a quote by

President Spencer W. Kimball that reads:

"I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and

when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is

speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the

scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns. I find

myself loving more intensely those whom I must love with all my heart

and mind and strength, and loving them more, I find it easier to abide

their counsel."

All in all, I know that if we keep choosing to keep the commandments,

our lives will be immeasurably blessed and it will become easier as we

continue to work at it and deepen our desires to follow God.

Love, Elder Jefferies


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