Hope you guys had a fantastic week and that the weather is getting a little warmer up there north ;). We had a great week here in the offices. It is kind of busy around here because we are gearing up for a mission tour with Elder Levrino, an area authority here in the mission! So other than that, everything is going well! I am getting to the point where sometimes I don't even know what to do in the offices because I trained the new secretary already. So, basically I am just doing what I can and waiting for President to call me and tell me where I'm going for my last area!
These last 5 months in the offices have taught me a lot about leadership, organization, and the importance of certainty. Many times when I first started, i would think that my assumptions were good enough, or that "it will probably work," but I quickly realized the importance of not letting anything get passed me or slip through my fingers. I have learned a lot about business and how things need to be run to be effective, and how to plan way more effectively, and a ton of things from President Smith, his family, and all the great missionaries I worked with here in the offices! I will be eternally grateful for the time I had to learn in the offices, and I know that I have a lot of responsibility to apply all that I have learned!
I don't know why but I was just reading back in my journal over my whole mission, and I am so grateful for how much the Lord has done for me! I am so incredibly grateful for the growth and mighty change of heart that I have been able to experience and have in my life! My mission will always be very personal for me, and extremely special because of my own conversion and the changes I have seen in the lives of others.
Lucas, a kid I baptized in my 2nd area, just sent me an email telling me that he is sending in his mission papers within the next few weeks. I'm so proud of him. That was to this day one of the most amazing experiences of my whole mission; teaching and learning and crying with him as he was able to learn for himself the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so incredibly proud and excited for him as he enters into the best time of his life, that will change him and generations forever!
In my studies this week, I read a talk titled "The Simpleness of the Way" and it was incredible. I loved it! We make things SO complicated as human beings, and lose sight and lose the importance of consistently doing the small and simple things. In the talk, it says that having the spírit is a 4 point program:
2) Study & Learn the Gospel
3) Live righteously
4) Give service in the church
These things we learned in primary, but now that we are older we seem to lose the importance and drive of being consistent with these 4 principles. We need the Spirit in our lives! And this outlines how we can always have the spirit. We take the sacrament every week and we keep doing the small and simple things and obeying the commandments and we will always have the spirit.
Mosiah 5:2 -
And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
If we have the spirit, we can have this mighty change of heart, which will help us to not have any disposition to do evil! I can personally testify of this process, as I have experienced this mighty change of heart, and have lost all desire to do wrong. Of course, I am not perfect, and never will be, but I know what is required of me, and I know that the Lord will help me in every way! I hope we all can experience this in our lives!!
Now, another part of the talk refers to the story of Moses when he the wicked Israelites were cursed with fiery serpents, but a way to be healed was provided. All they had to do was look upon Moses' brass serpent and many of them didn't even do it. It says in the scriptures that "because of the simpleness of the way, many perished."
Now we are all thinking, wow that is the easiest thing ever. All they had to do was look, and they would be healed. I'm sure the Lord still thinks that- when we don't read our scriptures, or say our prayers, or repent daily, or do a lot of the things that are so simple, but we fail to do them because of the simpleness of the way! I think we can all evaluate how we are doing with this, and then work on it! I mean it may be easier as a missionary, but I know how important it is for when I get home to continue to grow and progress.
I read a quote that was in this talk and I thought about my mom. It says "A loaded train doesn't jump the track, only when the boxcars are empty is the train liable to leave the track." We may think that we have a ton to do, and not enough time to do it, but the only time we can fall off the track is if our box cars are empty! So I dont think we should worry about being over burdened, because that is how we can always stay on the track!
"You read your scriptures every day, and some days there just isn't time." I love this. We must always read our scriptures, or do all the little things that are asked of us, and many times there really isn't time, but we dont need to think about that until we already have it done!
Keep moving forward, giving your best effort, because that is what is asked of us!
I love you all! And hope you all have a great week!
|Playing basketball today for Pday|
|Training the new office elders|
|Had to get a new rim, Haha!|