Date

July 26, 2016

Area

Aberdeen, Maryland

Companion

Jayden Dyer

Importance of the Restoration

Hey everyone, looks sounds like there's a lot of things going on right now with everyone. Time keeps flying by over here! Thank you to everyone for your support I can truly feel your prayers each and everyday!

This week was defiantly a hot one. The temp. was only in the 90's but the humidity was killer haha. You walk outside and you are drenched. Crazy, California will be a cake walk when I get back;) We met a lot of interesting people this week while street contacting. No one seems to run their AC here so they are all outside chill'n on a lawn chair, makes our job so much easier, they have nowhere to run to....haha. We were able to pick up a few more investigators this week. Can't wait to see what Heavenly Father has in store for them!

Today was a pretty average preparation day, nothing like the last few we have had. We went and played some basketball down in Baltimore. Of course I dominated, drained some threes, made a few layups then got out...Overall this week has been really good, a lot of the same stuff but as we are persistent we shall find!

For my spiritual thought this week, here is a question that I've had and want to explain how I got my answer. The question is, "Why is the restoration of the gospel important, specifically for me?"

"Behold the days shall come saith the Lord, that I shall send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." (Amos 8:11-12)

I know that there was a dark period of time where people sought truth. Where they did wander, and did not find. I am so grateful for our Loving Heavenly Father that put me in a time of Light where truth has been restored, never again to be taken from the Earth. That scripture portray's a very terrible scene where many cannot see the light, where their opportunity was not for them in this life but awaited them in the next. We are so blessed with the wonderful opportunity now to be Saviors on Mount Zion.

In this next scripture the Lord gives a charge to all men of the Priesthood: "Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began." (D&C 86:10)

Its says we have remained, and must remain until the restoration of all things at the second coming of our savior. Without the power and authority of the Holy Priesthood we would not be able to perform saving ordinances required for our personal salvation. And all those living during that time of darkness are relying on us to help them receive those special blessings that only take place in Temples.

So why is the restoration important to me? Because we live in light, we know the things that God has promised to us are true because the Holy Ghost has testified of its truth. As a missionary I get to share the restoration of the Gospel with people on a daily basis and after sharing it so many times, it eventually takes a deeper meaning. It becomes hope. Now when I speak of Hope I speak of Knowledge. It gives me assurance, comfort, and peace. The Lord has given us Authority or permission to do things in His name. Brothers and sisters we must not take the priesthood lightly, it is given for us to receive blessing not of this world. The restoration is a light that burns with in each of us, and I hope we each can take the time this next week to ask ourselves what the restoration means specifically to you.

I know Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that the priesthood has been restored to the earth. Not only do I know but I truly believe. God's plan is perfect, and I hope that I can live up to the privileges that he so lovingly has given me! I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love Elder Shouse




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