Date

March 5, 2018

Area

1st Area

Companion

Elder Paongo

Kicked out of houses, but all for the benefit

I have decided that I am no longer counting the weeks. Mainly because I don't want to mix up the weeks, but hey, you know, whatever works. Man, time just seems like it doesn't even exist anymore. The weeks are flying by and it seems like it is just going without any respect to events.

So, we had a few visits in the last week, and they went well. We shared messages about faith and enduring to the end. And let me tell you, reading the Book of Mormon daily prepares you for any kind of spiritual message that you may have to prepare. Even if it is just off the top of your head no warning, just telling you that you are sharing a message. I have started to reply to Elder Paongo by saying, "I always have a spiritual message." And the Book of Mormon sets you up so that you do always have a spiritual message.

One house we went to, he is a member, but his family isn't. So we went to visit with him, and his grandpa's wife, being SDA (Seventh Day Adventist), listened very carefully to what we said while she was in the background. We visit with Ty for a while, then we get to sharing a message. Ether 12:6. It is a good scripture. You can not deny that it is a good scripture. But she asked who said that. We tell her where it is from, she discredits it, and says that we can not use the Book of Mormon in her house, and we ask if we could explain the scripture. She says no, so we use Hebrews 11:1. It says the same thing, basically. In the King James Version of the Bible. She uses a different version and therefore discredits our bible. But we just share the message on faith, and then we leave. Ty apologized for her behaviour. Then the next day sent us a message saying that she doesn't want us to go over to her house any more. So that was sad.

That is pretty much it for this week. So on to the spiritual thought.

The thought I would like to focus on today is on our thinking, and our experiences. Life is full of experiences. And that is a wonderful thing. Yes some of them are going to be hard. Yes some of them will be easy. But regardless, you are able to change the outcome. It is much like our attitude. It doesn't matter how hard life gets, how much someone else puts you down, what you are going through in life. The only thing that matters is how you look at the experience, and what you can learn from it. Yes, you can choose to take things that may have hurt you and use them as road blocks and not learn anything from that. That is your choice, and you have your right to that agency. What I would suggest is using those same "road blocks" to show which paths you have tried, and that have failed to give you the results you want. Don't be afraid of failure. Because we are not truly afraid of our failures. Use all the knowledge that you gain to continue to learn and to grow. You choose your own progression. As long as you want to grow, you will grow. You have to choose to become better. If you choose to stay stagnant, you will stay stagnant. If you choose to grow, God will provide the experiences, the trials, the things you need in order to grow into your path. You have to see them with the perspective that God sees them. They are there to help you grow. So learn, and your perspective on life will be altered. You will see your life differently, you will see trials differently, you will see all experiences, whether they be good or "bad," as experiences for your benefit. See Doctrine and Covenants 122:7.

I'll end by attaching a quote on our fear. And I feel that this is how a lot of us feel, even if we don't feel like we feel this way.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?"

Hope all is well to whomever is reading this,

Elder Anderson




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