April 4, 2016


El Monte South


Elder Stoker

Let us all press on!

Well this week was effective as we had about two or three days to do proselyting in our own area. On Wednesday we were able to do exchanges with Elders Olinger and Strickland to see how they are doing. It was a
interesting exchange and I was able to encourage Elder Olinger as he has been struggling with some of the difficulties he has to deal with.
They did a scripture study class in there area with a past stake president. Now that was a really cool experience as we learned a lot about the New Testament. I think the biggest thing I learned is that Jesus Christ was probably married to Mary Magdalene, because he has to be married in order to have the plan be completed for himself. In Luke 10:39, 42:
> 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
> 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
> 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
> 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

It talks about her sitting at his feet listening to him. He then talks about how she hath chosen a good part and he shall not be taken away from him. Later on in John 20:17 it says that Jesus Christ said touch me not. The Joseph Smith version says hold me not and if we think of
holding what a better way to hold someone than to hug them. One of the reasons there relationship probably isn't talked about is so that it is not profaned in anyway it has a stunning relationship to the idea how we don't ever hear about our heavenly mother, but that was cool. A little bit of being marriage trunky, but I tell you more later.

We had a great Thursday as we went on exchanges with the Chinese Elders, Elder Oh and Ng. The district meeting was rough as one companionship has been causing a lot of grief. Now that the transfers have come some of the grief has been taken care of. The day went really smooth for us as we were able to do a lot of work.

Saturday and Sunday were amazing I just heard a lot of encouragement. I really like the talk about the father sinking. It really helped me realize that during my service out here I cannot allow myself to sink. I have to keep going and nourishing my faith. Elder Donald A. Hallstrom was one of my favorites about us being children of God. He talked about how we should never or forget that identity and it should help us change ourselves for the better.

Elder Renlund's talk was also amazing. I deeply enjoyed how we should be searching for motives and means to be faithful. We have to get the things done so we can be of use to God and not be a slothful servant. The harder we work the better we are able to help people. I also loved how he pointed out we allow get different blessings when we are faithful and we have to be preparing ourselves to live up to those blessings. It just makes me think of the analogy you gave dad about the two men praying for rain and one goes out to prepare for it. I have been trying to do the best on my mission now we should not be slothful and allow other influences to stop us from doing our best.

Priesthood session was powerful. I was loving the idea that President Nelson posted that we are fighting a battle against Satan. He is a dirty man and doesn't have any power over us. I had a hard time the rest of the conference as I got so much information about marriage. I try not to think about it to much, but I hope for a brighter
future if I am faithful.

I just thought of you dad during Elder Christopherson's talk. Thank you for doing the right things when you were younger. It just really helps me know that I am blessed to have such a great and humble father. I can give thanks to my Heavenly Father for helps you become the man you are today as well. Keep being a righteous example and I
look forward to serving with you one day in the Elders Quorum.

Sunday morning with Elder Ucthdorf's talk was pretty nice especially since I feel like we are in a destructive waste land. We are literally in he parable he spoke about. He said "The sheep is worthy of divine rescue because of love. The shepherd knows when we are lost and he knows when we need help." I feel like we have to work harder and love deeper as the world is following apart. It really helped me see we don't need to be destroyed as well.

I loved Elder Holland's talk as well. I just felt love as we were able to understand we must keep going. We cannot be stopped by our limitations. We can always do better. He really reignited that flame to keep going. I can repent and change we are not ever to stop. Let us be strong and let us build one another. I want to continue doing the work even though it may be hard. I must persevere and look for the good things to come. Just as Samwise said, "even darkness must pass and a new day will come and when it will come it will shine out the clearer." I can't wait for that day to come home and be stronger than I was before. I can't wait to improve and continue to take the next steps in life. It is my humble prayer that you can do the same in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Richards🐉🇺🇸🇲🇽
A faithful disciple of Christ!


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