Wow, this week flew by. It seems like just yesterday I was emailing you guys. Funny how time works. Anyways, I've done a lot this week. Elder Sanford and I taught two people who were posing as investigators. We committed one of them to baptism, which was cool. I found another account of Joseph Smith's first vision which I though was really cool. Here is the link for anyone who wants to go and read it. http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/history-circa-summer-1832/1 I studied a lot about His Atonement this week, and I learned a lot.
We went to the temple today and it was really great. I love going to the temple and feeling the peace that is felt there.
I sang in the MTC choir because I was told it was really cool, and I have to admit, I liked singing in the choir. What I really liked about it is the fact that the director would teach us while we were learning the song. We sang a song called "He Is The Christ" and I loved singing it. One thing that stuck out to me is a phrase in the song, "How many drops of blood were shed for me?" as well as what the director said, "How often do you really think about how His Atonement affects you?" So I would ask you the same question, how often do you think about His Atonement and what it does for each of you? If you don't think about it very often I would invite each of you to ponder that even if it is for a brief time. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and that only through Him are we able to return to live with Him and with our Heavenly Father again. We must repent and come closer to Him.
Elder Huot said, "We need to ask God questions." I think that if we don't ask God questions we will not grow, but on top of just asking questions, we need to have the faith that He will answer those questions. And it might not be the answer we want, but we should all strive to do what God tells us to do. We need to rely on Jesus Christ, for He said, "Without me, you can do nothing." If we don't rely on Jesus Christ then this work will be so much harder and we can't do it alone.
Elder Sanford and I got the opportunity to pass the sacrament on Sunday. it was a good experience. We also talked about how it isn't the Atonement, but His Atonement. If it was the Atonement, it would just be an act. But His Atonement gives it meaning, because He did the Atonement we can all access His Atonement and we can all become better. Mitch Davis Came on Sunday for the devotional and one thing he said that stuck out to me is "God will bless you your whole life for this one mission." I have heard so many times that my mission shapes the rest of my life and I know that I could be doing nothing that would shape my life better than serving a mission.
That is all this week. Don't forget to pray, and listen for the answers in your life.
Picture one: a picture of one of the fountains at the MTC
Picture two: another picture of that fountain
Picture three: Me and my zone leader, he left on Monday for Scottsdale Arizona