Date

February 20, 2017

Area

Burleson Ward

Companion

Elder Matthew Newey

All things are one in Christ

This week was great! We had a lot of meetings and a lot of driving to

and fro but it was all good. We actually finished the Book of Mormon

this week! We have been listening to it on audio for the past 3 weeks

as we drove so it was cool to listen to it in 3 weeks.

Brian has been cutting back on some of the things that he is striving

to overcome for baptism! He has also been reading and praying everyday

which is awesome! He is progressing and we still have 3 weeks until he

is baptized. He will make it and it will be wonderful!

Victor is still moving forward, he is more comfortable at church and

everything. He just got his temple recommend so in the next couple of

weeks we will be making a trip up to Dallas for that. He is hooked on

family history! He has found so many people it is crazy! He is the

only member in his family so he has a lot of work to do but he also

has a lot of time so hopefully that will take care of it all for him.

On Saturday we had a blast of a lesson with Violet! We read and broke

down Alma 7:11-16 which talks about the Atonement and how we access

the Atonement: the Doctrine of Christ. It was perfect for her as far

as we could tell so now as we move on to teach her about the

commandments, she will be able to have sincere and complete repentance

which will prepare her for the covenant of baptism.

Mel is being baptized this Saturday and she called us and asked me to

baptize her. A while back I told myself that I would not be the person

to perform the ordinance of one of my converts so that the convert

will have a connection to someone in their ward. But, I guess I can

make an exception here. I just hope my pants fit me haha.

We had a special MLC this past Friday I loved the things that we

learned. We had Brother Gonzalez and Brother Glazier fro the

missionary department who helped us understand the connection between

the doctrine of Christ which is our true purpose and connected that to

CPR as well as what they taught about planning. Ever since I realized

how connected everything is to the doctrine of Christ, I have been

connecting more and more sciptures to it. You want to talk about "deep

doctrine?" Study the doctrine of Christ.

Elder Newey and I had an experience on Friday night when we tried to

contact a less-active that no one in our ward knew. They people were

sitting in their garage smoking when we asked for the name of the

sister that we thought lived there. They replied that no one by that

name has lived there. They asked us who we are and Elder Newey

responded, "We are representatives of Jesus Christ." One of the men

asked, "Have you ever seen Him?" "No," we replied, "we have not."

"Then how can you represent someone you have never met?" We then

taught about priesthood authority and prophets and how we have been

set apart by that priesthood to represent Jesus Christ by sharing the

message that we teach. The man invited us into his garage and we

proceeded to teach him for the next 45 minutes. Over the course of the

visit I strived to let my feelings through and show him how much this

means to me. I could see his heart being softened by the spirit as we

spoke. It was a real sweet experience.

Now, "I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ" as it has been

on my mind lately. This is a connection that I have loved to make this

past week and I will hopefully try to make it make sense for y'all!

Remember that the Doctrine of Christ is all one big thing. It is not

separate, it is all part of the same thing. The elements of the

Doctrine of Christ are Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement,

repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.

Faith and repentance are inseparable. Repentance is a change. A

constant look to  God and faith is a dependence upon Jesus Christ and

a knowledge that you can win the assurance that no matter what, as

long as you look to Him, all will be well. That is what faith and

repentance looks like. A constant look to Him and dependence upon Him

as we keep His commandments and knowing that when we mess up, we can

get up and try again.

We need to be baptized, but why?

 "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall

of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the

enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and

becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and

becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love,

willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict

upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." Mosiah 3:19

Keep that in mind.

"11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and

temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled

which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his

people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of

death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their

infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to

the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his

people according to their infirmities.

13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God

suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins

of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according

to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony

which is in me.

14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the

Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of

heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be

washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who

taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to

cleanse from all unrighteousness.

15 Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin,

which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction,

yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to

repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his

commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the

waters of baptism.

16 And whosoever doeth this, and keepeth the commandments of God from

thenceforth, the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will

remember that I have said unto him, he shall have eternal life,

according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which testifieth in

me."

Verses 11-13 teach about the atonement. In verse 13 Alma says that

Christ can blot out transgressions according to the power of

deliverance. In Romans, Paul exclaims, "For I am not ashamed of the

gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every

one that believeth." The gospel or Doctrine of Christ is the power of

God unto salvation. I find it pretty awesome that Alma teaches the

doctrine of Christ right after he teaches about the Atonement.

The way that we yield to the enticing of the Holy Ghost is through

putting off the natural man, but that isn't all. We need to become a

saint through the Atonement of Christ. But how do we do that? How do

we access the Atonement?

The powers of the Atonement are called many names. Grace, enabling

power and the power of godliness. Why is it called the power of

godliness? Because the atonement is what enables us to become like our

Heavenly Father. The Atonement is the power of Godliness.

"And [the Melchizedek] priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth

the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge

of God. Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness

is manifest. And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of

the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the

flesh;" D&C 84:19-21

In the ordinances thereof, the power of the Atonement is manifest.

Therefore, the only way that we can have full access to the atonement

is through the ordinances of the priesthood. Notice how at the end, it

says that without the priesthood and the ordinances, the power of

Godliness is not made manifest unto men. That is why it is so

important that there is the priesthood on the earth.

So, when we are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost we have access to

the Atonement. And when we continue to partake of the sacrament, we

are enabling ourselves to further be perfected through the Atonement

as we continue depending on Jesus Christ and become more like Him as

we practice repentance in our lives.

I know that when we live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can find the

most peace and the most happiness. If you aren't happy or experiencing

peace, then look for things that you can do differently in your

worship and try to look at yourself and the world through the eyes of

Heavenly Father as you grow closer to Him. This takes practice, but it

is worth it.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power unto life

and salvation!

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies




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