December 6, 2017


1st Area


Elder Taylor

Week 06

Hello Everyone,

This week has been a long week, and it has been pretty eventful as well.

Alright, so we don't really have any investigators, so we are tracting pretty much every day. That is fun. I am growing and becoming better at talking with people. So that is good.

We had Elders Pday, and I got some pictures of the ocean. They look really nice. That is basically all that happened last Monday.

I learned something new, and that is the four prophecies of the Islanders. Elder Taylor explained them to one of our less active families and these are what they are. 1) Come from the west, not the East 2) Come in pairs of 2 3) Have a record of their (islanders) ancestors (ancient Americans) 4) The chief went 14 miles away with a rock, placed it on the ground and said that work for the dead would be done there, now there is a temple where that rock was. So I thought that was pretty cool. How much do you love the Savior? If He asks you as He asked Peter, "Lovest thou me?" What would your response be? You should always strive to show that love in the Savior.

We also had followup training this week. It was a really good training from President Fife. One thing we need to remember is that we will all need His Atonement throughout our lives, it isn't "if we need His Atonement." It is "When we need His Atonement." Jesus Christ suffered more than any of us have ever suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane. All He had to do was think the thought that He did not want to do it any more, and He could have stopped His Atonement, but He never even thought for a second of doing that because of His eternal love for each of us. He makes us MORE than WE can EVER be on our OWN. Jesus Christ is the way. He is the Iron Rod, the Straight and Narrow Path, and the Tree of Life. The Fruit thereof is His Atonement. In everything you do, try your hardest to follow Him and eventually return to Him. Remember that "Past" means that you have already fought that battle. You have finished, you don't need to linger on the past, but push forward in the present. You are done with that part of your life. Learn from it.

We met a guy from Brazil, he didn't speak much English, but he was really glad we were spreading the word of God, and told us to keep up the good work. We had dinner at the Penketh's home tonight, they are new converts and Brother Penketh is studying Engineering. So that was really cool too. Always try and build your fortifications now, so when Satan comes to tempt you with his "shafts in the whirlwind" you will already have that sure foundation. If you have a sure foundation you will not be able to fall.

Personal revelation comes to all those who are worthy, and by this personal revelation you can receive direction in your life. Strive to always be worthy of that personal revelation and you will always see the good in your life, because it is there, you just have to know where to look for it.

I have been reading in Alma recently, and when he and Amulek are preaching the gospel. The people were astonished because multiple people had the same witness of the gospel. I was thinking of the importance of this and thought that it was super important that we go out on missions in pairs of two, because we both have a witness of the gospel and are able to share our experiences.

One of the people we were teaching told us that she didn't want anything to do with the church anymore, so that was kind of hard to go through. The feeling I had is described in Mosiah 28:3. And it goes along pretty well with what I felt. Pretty much you should always stay positive, because when you stay positive you will see that your life is better.

Alright, I read an experience form Elder Orson F. Whitney this week. And it goes as follows, He had a dream where he was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and he saw the Savior suffer there, and he ran to the Savior after all was said and done and asked Him, as He was about to ascend into Heaven, "Please take me with you." To which the Savior replied, "Your work is not yet finished." Orson Whitney asked, "Promise me that I will come to you at the last?" The savior sweetly replied, "That will depend entirely upon yourself." This stood out to me because it is true. How much does it matter what we do, the answer is everything. We will be judged on our works and the desires of our heart, so if we do everything we can to serve Him in this life, we will be able to return to Him at last. Do not sleep at your post as Peter, James, and John did for that hour they were asked to remain awake. This does not make them evil, because they repented. But you need to rely wholly on the merits of Him who will save you. That person who saves you is Jesus Christ.

That is all for this week, next week I will have pictures of the temple to share with all of you. Have a good week.

Elder Anderson


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