Day 376 17 Feb 20
The TMJ has subsided, it diminished through yesterday and disappeared today. Our ward mission leader took us to Costco, so now we won't starve. Not much else happened. I read more of the book Truth Restored and it was very good and I learned a lot about the Restoration, feel free to go get a copy. We did not do much, we went to the Stake center and did more uneventful things. Next P-day should be better.
Day 377 17 Feb 20
We did some contacting down by the beach. We saw a dolphin, or something that lives in the ocean.
We met a man who was interested in coming to church on Sunday. We got swarn at while tracting, and then met a very nice man. Tracting is a toss up, like a lays chip bag, you never know how much your going to get. We had a lesson cancel, she was inside and could see us but closed the blinds on us and ignored us. But on the bright side we were able to do two and a half hours of service, and the ocean creatur. In case you had the question of "Can I buy a lighter in the state of California and be under the age of eighteen?" the answer is "No, you can not." The more you know.
Day 378 19 Feb 20
Today we struggled to find things to do in the morning but we managed. In the afternoon as well. We saw a very big dog and a lot of crows. We found two people to teach from tracting. One said that she wasn't interested but then started asking questions, as it would be she was very interested. We had two member lessons, we biked 4.4 miles one way to get to from the first one to the second one. We got back to our apartment at 10pm, exciting. Jesus Christ is our Savior.
Day 379 20 Feb 20
We were focussing a lot on the gospel of Jesus Christ and I had a thought about repentance. The repentance process is as hard as the sin is evil. We had district council and that was nice. Elder Maglio (Mall-ee-oh) was there, he's not an assistant to the President anymore, but is now a travel missionary. He was with our Zone Leaders today, I would say Elder Maglio is the perfect example of a concecrated missionary. I went with one of the zone leaders and Elder Maglio for finding time (5pm-7pm) it was a great experience. Elder Maglio could get almost all of the people we tracted into to have a conversation with us for a couple minutes. I want to be like that. It was a nice experience to see him work before he dies at the end of the transfer. (missionary slang for go home) we had a member lesson, and it went well. We also helped a guy build his fence higher, very fun, I got to hit nails with a hammer and lift heavy things. (just like the oil field, but you don't get fithy)
Day 380 21 Feb 20
How is a heart softened? Is it like a rock that when subject to much force it shatters and brakes into smaller pieces, say this goes on until it is sand. Is the sand softer than the rock? Is this how a heart is softened?
Today we did some street contacting, some very good conversations came out of it. Planting seeds or just reaffirming the steriotype of we are nice. We ate at a Thai restaurant and it was very good, especially the wanton. We did weekly planning and that was as it always is (long and boring). We had some dinner, we went out to find people to teach, we found one. We meet a very nice man tracting and it was a good experience for him, he said he would mention us in his podcast. We went to the temple for recent convert baptisms, I wasn't supposed to be there because the recent convert from the Capistrano Beach ward canceled last second. But I was already in the members car and heading onto the freeway so away we went. There were a lot of missionaries there, a lot. We didn't leave the temple until about 10:10pm and we didn't get home till about 10:41pm. But it was a nice experience at the least.
Day 381 22 Feb 20
It rained, with thunder! Very unusual. We had a lesson with Kevin and that went well, I'm sure he felt the Spirit. We then went out of our area (with approval) to go to a baptism in Elder Vento's old area. The baptism went well, we got some snacks and then went back to our area. We went by some potentials, we met an ignorant woman who was not interested in us teaching her that we believe the Bible to be the word of God. After this encounter Elder Vento and I discussed how the early members of the church and the persecution they faced, because of bigotry. Anyway we found a new person to teach and we had a member feed us dinner.
Day 382 23 Feb 20
We went to church, I reflected on what I have learned about the sacrament, how we renew our baptismal Covenants to always remember Christ and to take his name apon us and always remember him. If we partake of the sacrament in a repentant state God renews the remission of sins that we got at our baptism. But we must be worthy to take it. An area 70 but it this way about what it means to be worthy. If we desire to improve (which is to repent) and are not under priesthood restriction, then, in my opinion, we are worthy. If, however, we have no desire to improve, if we have no intention of following the guidance of the Spirit, we must ask: Are we worthy to partake, or are we making a mockery of the very purpose of the sacrament, which is to act as a catalyst for personal repentance and improvement? If we remember the Savior and all he has done and will do for us, we will improve our actions and thus come closer to him, which keeps us on the road to eternal life." the more you know.
We had no one we are teaching come to church, a disappointment. But we were able to set up an appointment with a family who has a kid that is 9 and not baptized. We will see how this goes. We had dinner and did studies. We got fed dinner, which is always nice. We taught about the Plan of Salvation. We lived with God before we were here on the earth, we lived as spirit children of God. We agreed to come down to the earth and be tested if we would follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. (have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized by immersion and with proper authority, we are given the gift of the Holy Ghost after being baptized and then we must stay true to the testimony of christ till we die) we then go to the spirit world after we die. The spirits of the wicked and those that didn't have the opportunity to hear the gospel are taught the Gospel and have the opportunity to accept it. Then all people that have ever lived are resurrected (their bodies and spirits are reunited) then we are judged on our works and the desires of our hearts. We are judged into one of three Kingdoms of Glory. Celestial Kingdom
The celestial kingdom is the highest of the three kingdoms of glory. Those in this kingdom will dwell forever in the presence of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. This should be your goal: to inherit celestial glory and to help others receive that great blessing as well. Such a goal is not achieved in one attempt; it is the result of a lifetime of righteousness and constancy of purpose.
The celestial kingdom is the place prepared for those who have “received the testimony of Jesus” and been “made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:51, 69). To inherit this gift, we must receive the ordinances of salvation, keep the commandments, and repent of our sins. For a detailed explanation of those who will inherit celestial glory, see Doctrine and Covenants 76:50–70;
Those who inherit terrestrial glory will “receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father. Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:77–78). Generally speaking, individuals in the terrestrial kingdom will be honorable people “who were blinded by the craftiness of men” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:75). This group will include members of the Church who were “not valiant in the testimony of Jesus” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:79). To learn more about those who will inherit terrestrial glory, see Doctrine and Covenants 76:71–80, 91, 97.
Telestial glory will be reserved for individuals who “received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:82). These individuals will receive their glory after being redeemed from spirit prison, which is sometimes called hell (see Doctrine and Covenants 76:84; Doctrine and Covenants 76:106). A detailed explanation of those who will inherit telestial glory is found in Doctrine and Covenants 76:81–90, 98–106, 109–112. - the gospel topics.
In a nut shell that's God's plan for us.
We biked around, and not a whole lot happened. We stopped by some people, none were home. But we tried, an honest effort is an honest effort.
I need to be more comfortable talking, a hard thing to do when you think less is more. Perhaps I'm looking at it wrong, anyway I'm working on it. (this is unfortunate for those of you around me for when I come back, because I'm sure you will only want me to stop talking. Won't that be so fun.)