Date

January 1, 2018

Area

1st Area

Companion

Elder Taylor

Week 10-11

Hello Everyone.

Seems like it has been ages since I have emailed any of you. But, here I am again. A lot has happened since the last time I emailed, but I will keep it pretty brief for all of you who don't like reading a lot.

Alright, so I am going to share some thoughts that I received at zone conference and why they stood out to me. One of them is from a song called "Growing Young" by Greg Simpson from EFY in 2004. The line is "Is Your love stronger than my foolish pride?" Talking about our Heavenly Fathers love for each of us. And we all sin, and we are all prideful. So yeah, His love for each of us is indeed grater than our own individual foolish pride. And it always will be. He loves each and every one of us, and He always will and He will do anything and everything He can to help us back into His presence one day. One thing I would like to ask each of you is a set of three questions that I would like to ask each of you to ponder about. The questions are 1) Who is Jesus Christ to you? 2) What is His role in your life? 3) How can He help you this year? So, I invite each of you to answer these to yourself honestly, and I will answer them now with my answers. I know that Jesus Christ is my brother and my Savior. He has suffered all of my infirmities, my sins, my pains, my pride, my weaknesses, my transgressions. He has suffered all things for me, and He has for each of us, His brothers and sisters. I am eternally grateful for His Atoning Sacrifice. And that is His role in my life. He is there so that I can come to Him when life gets hard and I can become perfected through Him. By doing so, I will eventually be able to live with Him and my Heavenly Father again one day. I know that He can do this continually as I repent and that is how He can help me this upcoming year. I know that as I repent, I will gain the enabling power to change and grow through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As long as I am willing to follow Him when the spirit prompts me to do something. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, Amen.

So, fun story for all of you. We had exchanges this last week, and Elder Harris and I were companions for that. He is a pretty good Elder, still getting used to the mission life seeing as he came out the transfer before I did. He is from Logan, Utah. So not far from home. We went tracting and one of the houses we tracted into was a really interesting house. The guy came out and started talking to us. He was saying that we were just trying to replace everything that everyone believed and that we were wrong. So he said that we needed to repent or we would not take part in the coming of Christ. So he basically condemned us for our beliefs. So that was interesting. After we started walking away he came out again and blew a horn that looked like it was supposed to be used for a battle call. But, that was that for the story.

A really sad part about Perth is that a lot of people do not believe in God, they just think that they are here to live and die, and there is no purpose to it. And they don't want to hear anything that is along the lines of us becoming better or the purpose of our life. I feel really sad when we see people like that, because I know that I can help them, but they have to choose to accept that help. And nine times out of ten, they don't choose that help. So, the moral of this is to never give up on yourself. You do have a purpose here. Everything you are going through is for your benefit, it will give you experience. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that there is no temptation that is too great for us to bear if we put our trust in God. So everything can be better if we turn to God in every thought, and realize that everything He has done for us is for our good. Don't give up on yourself, or on God. Because there is always hope for you. You can become as He is.

There is a poem from the Ensign that I would like to share. It is called "O Wretched Man."
There are those days
when shadows of
my lesser self
obstruct the light,
and in my groping,
Nephi's words
reflect my plight:
"O wretched man... I am!"
With him I grieve,
and sorrow
over frailties
that haunt my
conscious mind
and temp with
hoplessness
relief
I seek to find.

Yet there is One
whose light
will never fail,
whose mercy
makes a way
for my escape.
He opens up the gates,
His love can make me whole!
And with Nephi
I rejoice
and plead,
"O Lord,...
redeem my soul"!

This poem stuck out to me because of the theme of His Atonement in it. Because it is only through His Atonement that we can be redeemed. So make sure that you completely understand His Atonement and apply it in your life.

Did you know that your testimony is a spiritual gift? It is, it is stated in Doctrine and Covenants that it is a gift. In section 46 it states, "To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God... To others it is given to believe on their words." So just remember that it is a gift from the Holy Ghost to know the things that you know, and believe the things you believe. As you do so, you will find that you can grow in your faith. Why? Because a gift is when you give a part of you to someone, so a gift of the spirit is literally a part of God to be with you. So you can use that part of God to build up your testimony. Use the Holy Ghost which will testify of the truth of those things in your life.

My last thought for today will be on the Spirit of Elijah. And why it is called the Spirit of Elijah. As we all know it is talking about family history. But why Elijah? The reason why it is the Spirit of Elijah is because Elijah was the last prophet before Jesus Christ who had the authority to seal. So It is the Spirit of Elijah because we are sealing our family to us so we can be with them for eternity.

So that is what has happened for the last little bit.

Here are some pictures,
1) We were given some pretty large Gingerbread cookies, and that is a picture of Elder Taylor Holding it.
2) A former investigator gave me his old Book of Mormon and this is a picture of it.
3) That is the Bausing family, where Elder Taylor skyped home on Christmas. They are a really good family.




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