HELLO EVERYONE! good ole 2010! how crazy right?!?!
so this past week has been another week at the MTC, it's a crazy place if not crazier as the time goes by. i'm down to about 3.5 weeks here and OFF TO CAMBODIA I GO!!!!so this week we've had AMAZINGGGGGGG speakers. we had mission conference this past sunday because of fast sunday. a lot of them spoke about this one question: HAVE YOU DONE ANY GOOD IN THE WORLD TODAY? ask yourself that. i can prmise you as you go about serving others each day, by doing even the smallest things - someones life will be blessed. i can promise yout hat the lord will bless you for caring and loving for his children and for your brothers and sisters. remember to always show love in all that you do because remember the golden rule? do unto others as you want done unto you!!!! so try this week to sit next to people youd on't know while eating on campus or find someone random to sit next to during church and REACH OUT TO PEOPLE. everyone needs a friend!!! you're missing out on opportunities to meet amazing people and you're limiting the lord's love for you and those around you. love em love em and LOVE EM!
okay sooooo i love preach my gospel. if you don't have preach my gospel i strongly encourage you to get one. not only is preach my gospel great for a mission but i'm pretty sure it's made as a guideline for how to live a christ like life on and off the mission. its a great tool from the lord and i love it. in preach my gospel it talks about the level of understanding of our investigators will be influenced by our personal worthiness. i am 1000000% sure that we need the lords help. i know that we need the lords help in everything that you do and we need the savior in order to be completely worthy of the holy ghost. i can promise you that if the holy ghost isn't with you while preaching the gospel, it is no good! remember that we have to be pure and clean before the lord and when you are pure and clean, the people you meet and teach to will understand the gospel more clearly. that leads to my next point, we always have to pray for the spirit's guidance, and valiantly follow the promptings we receive (preach my gospel pg. 91) it is soooo important to pray for the holy ghost an have the courage and strength to press forward in doing what he has told you to do. i can promise you that the lord will never put you in a bad situation and the holy ghost can and will only lead you aright!
okay so speaking about being worthy. we all kind of avoid the topic of repentance... because it's hard am i right? okay so we had a great discussion about this. so here are my two sense for this one so going to someone and telling them what exactly you did wrong is abut 4 steps fruther than just stoping whatever you are doing or have done wrong. it takes true courage and faith in the savior to get you back on your feet. slowly or quickly, you will surely get back on your feet someday. sinning is seriously such a scary thing. my teacher brother olson made a great comment saying that.... life will get hard sometimes and thigns can get AWFUL BUT YOU'LL MAKE IT THROUGH with whatever happens but when you sin.... that's where you go wrong. when you sin you make that personal choice and inflict upon yoruself and open your own door to satan to come in. i seriously begggggg ALL of you to sincerely, to have more faith in our savior jesus christ. the savior will come and help you as long as you sincerely call out to him. ask yourself this.... during yours prayers are you telling god, okay i'm sorry i did this and just saying it or do you really mean it and sincerely and humbly ask for his forgiveness? there is a huge difference. i challenge all of you to sincerely pray to our father in heaven for forgiveness. do not do it in vain and do it beacuse you know you should but do it because you want to do it and mostly importnatly because you know you have to do it.
i promise all of you that the lord jesus christ has the power to do anything. to heal you, help you, and love you. i'm grateful fort his wonderful opporutunity to teach the cambodian people about our loving father in heaven for the next 18 months of my life. remember that we have something that people out there NEED. remember what i always say
ITS BETTER TO KNOW IT AND NOT NEED IT THEN IT IS TO NEED IT AND NOT KNOW IT!
have a great week!!!