February 11, 2018


1st Area


Elder Paongo

Week 17

Hello Everyone.

Another week come and gone. Last week for P-Day we went to Lesmurdie Falls, and I will attach some photos of that. It was really not a great waterfall, but the view of the city and the valley that Perth is in was really cool and nice.

We had Zone Conference this last week also, and a story was shared that I really liked. It is called Pushing Against the Rock. The moral of the story is God tells you what to do, He does not tell you what the outcome will be. And if you are told to push a huge rock, and you see that it doesn't move, don't think that God has abandoned you. Satan will tell you that you are worthless, that you aren't doing what God has asked, that you are terrible. That you aren't your best self. But when you go ask God, this is how He replies in the story, and how He would reply to each of us. "My child when long ago I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you to push against the rock with all your strength, and that you have done. But I never asked you to move it!!! At least not all by yourself. Your task was to push! and now you have come to Me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed and ready to quit. But is that really so? Look at yourself, your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewed and brown. Your hands are calloused from constant pressure and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your ability now far surpasses that which you used to have, yet you still haven't succeeded in moving the rock, and you come to Me now with a heavy heart and your strength spent. I, my friend will move the rock. Your calling was to be obedient and to push, and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom, and this you have done."

God tells us only a few steps at a time. We do not know the whole story. But He does. We have to put our faith in Him, and He will lead us. He will strengthen us, He will help us become the son or daughter that He would have us be. We need Him, and we have to acknowledge that we need Him.

Yesterday we had a regional conference. And it was really good. One of the things that I really liked was when Elder Kevin Pearson talked about what our purpose on this earth is. And what really stood out to me was his statement that we all are on a mission away from our home. Each and every one of us. As much as we thought that we were sad when we left home on our actual mission for those of us who have gone, or sent someone off on a mission, just think of our Heavenly Father and the sadness and also the joy He felt when we came to the earth. We are all on a mission here to serve Him. And we show how we will do that by our faith towards Him, and that faith leads us to action, and that action shows who we truly are, if we have become disciples of Him who sent us.


Elder Anderson


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