Monday, March 17, 2014

Trust in the Lord

Holla Familia,
So first off, I read this talk "Trust in the Lord" by Richard G Scott and it is amazing. Read it. It goes along with what happened in my week. We met this family that has just recently come back into contact with the church. It all started off with one of the daughters deciding that it was time to go back. She just recently came back a month or so ago, but she contacted us to go and see her mother, father and her sister. They are an amazing family that want to change to do what is right. They have been battered, bruised, and scarred, with the things of their past. But they know there is something greater and bigger for them to do. The mom's name is Betty and the daughter that is living with her is Laura. Laura has a little girl named Jasmine who is such a sweet heart. She loves God and Jesus, and she lets you know it. Jasmine even ties letters to Balloons and sends them into the air for God. Which Betty thinks is bad for the Ozone or something... They are also super random and funny. Laura has been through a ton in her life and is reaching out right now for help. To overcome addiction, to straighten out her life, and learn more about God. She knows just enough about the church, to know that it is true. She asked for a Priesthood blessing to help her get on the right path and doing the right things. We brought Bishop with us and he had a good long chat with her and the family. The daughter that contacted us, her name is Amie; her son is on date to be baptized in the next few weeks and the missionaries are working on the rest of her family. The son is awesome. He has really dived into the Gospel. He loves President Monson. He loves the Priesthood. He loves it!! He is already talking about serving a mission and he isn't even a member yet. He was an amazing support for his Aunt. I can see the Spirit touching him in his life and reaching out trying to bless those who are around him. He knows it is true and he wants to share it with others. That burning within his eyes. I have only seen it in a few, and that includes missionaries. Every member of this church needs to have a fire in their eyes. They need to glow with the light of Christ. We grow our light by Reading, Praying, Going to Church, Serving others, and doing all we can to share the Gospel with everyone. Everyone! That includes members. There needs to be more comfort in asking questions. If you have the slightest question - ASK - family, friends, bishops, anyone that you trust. Even if you think it is a stupid question that every member of the church knows. If you thought of it, other members without a doubt have thought of the exact same things and have felt the exact same way about asking others. Because "Every" Mormon is supposed to know that or this or whatever. It isn't true. Knowledge is Forever. You will never know everything. Ever.
I have thought a lot about Pride, Hypocrisy and other things this week. I had to do a deep looking within me to see if I was being Prideful, or anything else, and yes there is always Pride and other things floating in the way. But the hardest thing is identifying and living with it. I know we all don't want to be Hypocrites, right? But have we ever stopped to think about what we are doing, or what we are saying to others? Are we willing to change ourselves before demanding someone else to change? Three Scriptures I found this week:
"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger" Proverbs 15:1
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4: 31-32
"But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world. and Eternal life in the world to come." D&C 59:23
Yes we want this world to change. But are we willing to be the change that we want to see in this world? Are we willing to put away the natural man and becometh a saint?
Another thing that happened this week, we had Specialized Training. We learned about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it. Funny huh? We, missionaries, need a reminder of how important the Book of Mormon is. The key thing with the Book of Mormon is that if anyone says that the church is not true, tell them to read the Book of Mormon. They need to disprove the Book of Mormon to say that the church is not true. If they have never read the Book of Mormon - ALL of it - then they have no say. Because the Book of Mormon is true, we have modern Revelation, we have a Prophet of God to lead and guide us in these days, we have temples, we have standards, we have Truth. No one can fight against you if you have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know that it is true. You won't even be able to deny it. But remember the introduction: We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
We need to do this. If we have not already done it. Know that the Book of Mormon is true, and base everything else off of that. The Word of Wisdom, the Law of Chastity, Everything stems from thee Book of Mormon. Once we know the Book of Mormon is true. We need to read the Doctrine and Covenants. It isn't the History of the beginnings of the Church. It is for us today to learn and to grow. It will help us now! This is what Elder Perry told us this Sunday during Stake Conference. Read the Doctrine and Covenants.
Well I hope you know I love all of you, and I hope you are all doing well. Keep the light burning and keep growing!
Sister Karen Call

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