Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I don't have a ton of time to email this week but I'll try to write down some good things that happened.
Page is as good as it always is. It's Monsoon season here so every once in a while we get a lot of rain here. Haha one day we were completely soaked riding around and the streets had rivers running down them. Compared to the hot weather it was pretty nice to cool off in the rain. Today for P Day we actually got to go down to the Glen Canyon Dam and take a tour. I was trying to think of all the times I have been to the visitor center for our soccer trips and vacations. We actually got to go all over the dam and down into it and then down and out on the very bottom which was awesome! I took so sweet pictures so I'll try to send some home. They as we were driving to email someone called us and asked if we would help them move in and we were glad to do so. Charity definitely is the pure love of Christ. I am grateful for opportunities like that.
This week went pretty well. The people here are awesome! I wish I could do more work here, I guess I just need to work harder. I want to share an experience a little while back about a man who was talking to us about Alma 32. That chapter talks a lot about Faith and how our Faith will grow into a great tree as we let it grow. But before it talks about all that it talks about humility.
It talks about how the people were thrown out of their synagoges and were compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty. Alma then states that they are blessed because they are compelled to be humble but how much more blessed are those who "truly humble themselves" with out having some great trial or challenge to humble them. The man who talked about this chapter talked about how much better he realized life was when he realized he didn't need hard trials to constantly humble him, but rather he could humble himself and try to stay humble. How much better is life when we can stay humble as we humble ourselves and constantly listen to the voice of the Lord. I definitely need to work on this. Humbling myself so I can be a better disciple and so I can be a better servant of the Lord.
Love you family! Sorry to keep it short! Have a great week!!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Hmmm it seems like just yesterday I was with the scouts lifting the flag up at the church. Haha times flies by.
How are you guys? This week has been a pretty crazy week. Lots has happened. On P Days usually we go and email at the community center and then we try to get out and do stuff. We have done a lot of hiking. This morning we actually went over to upper antelope canyon and had a tour there. It was beautiful! The other people with us were actually from the Czech Republic so I was talking to them a little as well. We usual try to go out and hike because it is beautiful here and super hot. We usually go to Walmart and then play basketball or soccer.
Well this week we had a bike crash. It rained a little bit after church and my companion turned a little bit too fast and slid out and crashed... He was alright just a little bruised but we decided to keep going to our appointment and the appointment went well.
On the fourth we really didn't do too much but it was a fun day! In the morning we went to an a Museum type place where this man talked about the Native American traditions and also about the culture as well. He taught us about the Hogans too. Pretty awesome stuff. That was an awesome experience! Then at night we sat at our house and watched the firework show, which was pretty good as well. Then this pastwe had a zone conference as well.
We had some really cool experiences this week. We had three lessons with an awesome family . I really felt the Spirit as we talked about the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation. We also taught another part member family (where the nonmember is traditional), who I honestly thought at first was not very interested, but as we spoke about the Book of Mormon, the husband said that the traditions had been good for his family. That they had helped him and them, and that if this book helped his family as he read and prayed about it that help would continue to read it and search. I know if he does read it and pray about it, that it will help him and his family. I feel grateful that I am able to serve with the Native Americans. There is a ton of great people here. They have such great faith. The Book of Mormon is about a lot of their ancestors from way long ago. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I am learning a lot from it and a lot from just being out here doing this work. More than I could have ever imagined.
One thing I heard recently from a good friend has been on my mind. This is the Lords work. (I believe Elder Bednar said this.. but I am not quite sure) So get out of the way. Honestly sometimes I feel like my own stubberness and pride blocks the work that could be done here. Sometimes I think I have the "right" way or the answers when in all reality... He has all the answers. This is His work. He knows what to do. He knows what needs to be done. I believe this applies in all the callings that we have and even in our day to day lives. We need to "get out of the way." We need to be more like the Savior who said, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, but nevertheless Not My Will But Thine Be Done." Heavenly Father and His Son will help us, but it takes the humility to allow them to help to start the change happening. I know that this is true. This is His work and He will help me to do it the way it should be done, the way He wants me to do it. I still have a lot to learn and a lot to overcome, but it all begins with obedience.
Love you family! I hope things are going well. Just remember that by "small and simple things are great things brought to pass," especially in this great work. Talk to you next week!!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Hey Family!This week has been a pretty good week over in Page. One of the best ones so far here and definitely one of the hottest ones as well. Lots and lots of things have happened here.
I really have a testimony that the Restoration is the foundation of everything that we teach, and it all starts with that first principle that God is our Loving Heavenly Father. God loves us so He gave us families to make us happy and so we can grow and learn and love others and I know that families can be together forever. He loves us so He has called Prophets who hold the Priesthood to guide us and lead the people here so we can make it back to Him someday and I testify that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet in this day. He loves us so He sent His Son to Earth the literal Son of God to atone for our sins and to break the bonds of death so that if we follow Jesus Christ by exercising faith in Him, repenting, being baptized, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end we will return back with our families for forever to Heavenly Father again some day. He loves us and wants us to listen. Many times people have rejected the Prophets and the teachings that bring true lasting eternal happiness, just like how people rejected Jesus Christ and His teachings and His apostles and they were killed. Those teachings were changed and that important Priesthood authority was lost. But Heavenly Father, because He loves us saw fit to call another Prophet, Joseph Smith, in these the Latter days to restore that important Priesthood and those important teachings so we can be happy and so that one day we can make it back to Him someday. He loves us so He brought forth the Book of Mormon, holy scripture of God. He loves us so He wants us to know all these things are true, and so if we read the Book of Mormon and ponder it and pray about it, He loves us so He will answer us. He will let us know that the Book of Mormon is true and also that these teachings are true through the Holy Ghost, which we will feel in our hearts and in our minds and we will know this answer is of God. (This is a quick and short and not very great haha example of how that first principle of lesson one applies to everything that we teach about.)
One thing a young man here in Page said has especially influenced my testimony. He said that if he could do his mission again he would "Bear His Testimony A Lot More." I have taken that to heart and it is true. When you bear your testimony that is when the Spirit has a great opportunity to testify of the truthfulness of this Gospel. Teach and testify, testify and teach. They should always go hand in hand. There is amazing power in a sincere testimony. A power that changes the person and the people around him. Its not fake, its not a lie, its not deception, its not just an act, but it is a witness from God through the Holy Ghost and it is true. I know that is true.
I know that this Church is Jesus Christ church again upon the Earth. Joseph Smith, as a young man, was called as a Prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is true. The people in that book truly lived and it is just another example of how much our Heavenly Father loves us just like the Bible is. I know Thomas S. Monson is the current Prophet of Jesus Christs church today. And I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, the literal Son of God.
Oh and I totally saw Jake and it was awesome. What a great man. Him and Ben Robbins taught me so much about missionary work, and I am so grateful to have such great people in my life. Love those guys. Well family love ya,best of luck with everything this week!