Date

December 10, 2017

Area

1st Area

Companion

Elder Taylor

Week 07

Hello Everyone,

So I was able to go to the temple this last week and it was amazing. I invite any of you who are able to attend the temple as much as you can. In it is where I feel the most peace and know that it is the Lord's House. The Perth Temple is amazing and I will put up pictures next week, because I forgot my camera today.

A word of advise I was given this week is to always have the most recent conference talks a part of my daily scripture study. That is something that we all should do, because those talks are the modern scripture that we need for our time right now. I am going to start doing so, I plan on printing them off, and keeping them with my scriptures to study daily.

We are setting up a weekly pickup game (basketball) in the community. We are doing this because it will get us more involved with the youth of the community. And that is something that President Fife has told us to focus on, is the youth of the community. Those who are aged 14-25 because they are able to choose for themselves if they want the gospel in their lives. I have studied the preexistence, and it is perfectly reasonable to say we did indeed exist before we came here. There would be no point in us living now if we didn't have a goal on where we wanted to go. Just remember what you are doing here, it is a probationary state, or a place where we prepare to live with God. But where you end up after this life, is entirely up to you. You decide based on your actions where you are going to live after this life. So I would exhort all of you to build the relationship with your Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. But that is something that you have to do and want to do on your own. You have to build that foundation and when you do, if that foundation is on Christ, you will not fall.

I am actually talking to people now, instead of just waiting for Elder Taylor to talk to people and I just sit there and listen. So I am growing a lot. Did you know that they still do arranged marriages in India? I didn't know that. You may have known that and if you did, good on you. We had the ward Christmas Activity this last weekend, and it was really good. We had a sausage sizzle, and the good kind of sausage too, not the hot dogs. So that was good. It is still really weird having no snow and knowing that Christmas is just two short weeks away. There are two quotes from Jeffrey R. Holland that have been in my mind and I am going to share with you. The first comes from this last General Conference, "be ye therefor perfect, eventually." We are not perfect, nor will we ever be in this life. But eventually we can become perfect, even as He, our Savior, was perfect. The second quote, "Why should we expect it to be easy? When it was never, ever, easy for Him?" This ties in with the first quote because it is so very true. We can not be perfect in this life, we will try to be, and we will be the best we can, but we will still never be perfect. As we try and live the best life we can, we will find that it is hard. And we will have to bear a small part of what Jesus Christ chose to bear during His Atonement.

Church was good. The topic in sacrament this month is forgiveness. Which forgiveness is just another form of repentance. You might be asking yourself, "Self, how is forgiveness repentance?" It is repentance because it is change. Change of heart towards that person who you have forgiven. Jesus Christ has counseled that we should "forgive not seven times, but seven times seventy times." Why would he counsel us to do this? The answer is simple. We can not become as He is, without forgiving others and building them up as well as us. We also went and saw brother Guilford yesterday. He is a less active member who has not been to church in a while. He still has a strong testimony of the gospel, but was offended by a missionary who told him that he needed to repent without telling him anything else. We also went and saw Simon and Elizabeth. Simon is a recent convert and Elizabeth is a member. We taught them about the temple. And about family history and work for the dead. It was a really good lesson and they learned a lot.

That is pretty much all that happened since you last heard from me. You won't hear from me again until next Wednesday. Next week is transfers. So PDay will be on Wednesday. It doesn't seem like I have already been here a transfer but I have. So, I will talk to you all then. I would love to hear from you all. Have a good week.​​

The pictures are pictures of the Ocean I got two weeks ago that I forgot to put on last weeks email.

Thank you,

Elder Anderson




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