August 15, 2016


Arlington 6th Ward


Elder Anthony Virgin

Blast from the Past

It has been really fun being back in Arlington! Seeing people and

places that I knew in the past. Elder Virgin and I have already had

awesome memories and have been teaching a lot which is great! It has

been a long time since I have been in an area that has been this

active teaching wise. As far as investigators go, we have a lot that

might be getting baptized soon it's just going to take some commitment

on their part and some faithfulness and obedience on ours.

I have seen so many people from the first Ward already. The bishop,

stake President, Cory Carroll who is in my ward now. He moved to sixth

Ward. and a bunch of other members. It's pretty awesome! We went to

the temple on Saturday for a recent convert to do baptisms and in the

five minutes that I was in the lobby, I saw bishop Heidenriech from

the Belton Ward and a member from the 1st Ward. All I needed was one

from Flower Mound 3rd and I would be set! haha.

We have a man that is our closest that we have to progressing and he

is doing really well. His name is Sam. He has some family issues but

hopefully we will end up teaching the whole family instead of just

him. He used to live in Africa and he is super awesome! Hopefully we

will also have a baptismal date for him in the next few weeks!

Bob is in a part-member family. He is actually more interseted than

his wife! He has some pretty interesting ideas about religion but he

will probably be able to get past his ideas. He flies planes and used

to sail yachts around the world. he shipwrecked near the philipines so

that is where he lived for some years haha. he is a pretty aweosme


Elder Virgin and I were talking the other day about how we can make

our contacting more effective and we realized that making our lessons

sweet an short are how we do it. We figured, let's just go back to

Preach My Gospel on it. We went to the end of the lessons where they

have a suggested lesson outline and they have a short little one that

we can use when we contact. We have been working on that to teach

short, sweet, simple doctrine. Then get a return appointment and teach

to needs.

What does it mean to you to have faith? Having Faith can mean a lot of

different things can it not?

So what does the dictionary define "faith" as?

Faith: "1. Complete trust or confidence in something or someone. 2. A

strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on

spiritual apprehension rather than proof." The funny thing is that the

Book of Mormon defines faith as "Things which are hoped for and not

seen." (Ether 12:6) That is basically the same thing that the

dictionary defined "faith" as. I had a friend tell me that he didn't

feel that he had very much faith and I have been in the same boat and

i am fairly certain that the majority of us have been in it at some

point in time or another. So, if you're not in it right now, how did

you get out of it? What either helped you realize that you have more

faith than you knew, or helped your faith grow?

I think ultimately it comes down to wether or not we are willing to

take Alma on his word and "experiment upon [his] words" (Alma 32:27).

We also know that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). The more

we exercise our faith muscles, the greater desire we will have to do

what we need to do to have our will and our lives in line with God's.

I.e repentance. Speaking of that, faith in God unto salvation needs

three things:

        1.      An idea that he actually exists.

        2.      A correct understanding of his attributes, characters and perfections.

        3.      An actual knowledge that the course one is pursuing in life is in

line                    with God's will.

How do we learn these things?? We do the basics. We pray sincerely,

search the scriptures and learn of Christ and his gospel and we make

our sabbath days meaningful. That is how it happens. If you don't feel

like your faith is strong enough, then be diligent, keep trying and

pressing forward! Your faith will grow!

That is about all that I have for you today!

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies


Does this couch look familiar? It is one of Sams couches.


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