Monday, October 20, 2014

Why not give more?

Hello Everyone,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!  I love you.  Just so everyone knows I have the greatest father on the planet!

This week was a good week of many great experiences.

I attached a picture of Mandioca.  It is kind of like a potato, and is the root of a tree/bush thing.  The big 
store by our house has been closed all week because of the death of the father of the person who owns it.  The store is name after the father, Djemy, our friend, who passed away on monday.  So, we didn't have much to eat on sunday, and so I went out in our back yard, and with a rock, harvested 
some mandioca that we ate with some rice and beans.  It was really good.  We also have some banana 
and papaya trees back there and some other plants.  Roughin it in Africa.

So this week there were many a blessing.  

One of those is that we have been assigned a new high councilman from the stake that is really helping 
our branch to do what it is supposed to do.  His name is Bispo (Bishop) actually Ex Bispo Oliveira.  He 
is a little quarky, and full of energy, and is really going to make a big difference here.  It is an answer to 
prayers.  He is not afraid to sacrifice, and is going out with the members to work until they learn to do it 
for themselves.  

Church was pretty rough with 26 people and no investigators.  We are hoping to almost double the 
number of people in church next week. 

Elder Wallace and I also spoke in sacriment meeting which was good.  There was a lot on my mind, 
and I was struggling in knowing on what to focus on.  But it ended up being a good talk.  I would have
 like to have prepared more too.  I will do better next time.  

So a great example for everyone this week is Sy.

Sy is the only fully active young man.  He turned 17 on saturday.  For his birthday he wanted to have 
a family home evening thing at his house, and so he invited the branch and his family, and stuff.  We 
sang and prayed and I shared a spiritual though, and had food, and it was a great familiy and faith
 based birthday party.  We can all so better to be like Sy (Pronounced See).  There are so many of 
normal ways to share the gospel.  After everything, the greatest task is to preach the gospel.  That is 
what Christ did, and we must do the same.

One easy way to do that is to go to the movie Meet the Mormons with a less active or non member, 
or someone that is struggling.

I know that this church is true, and the the plan of salvation applies to all of us, but that salvation 
only applies to those who, with a broken heart and contrite spirit, want it.

Thank you for your prayers.  

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  It was pondering about that this week.  That means that in 
everything we say and ask in our prayers, we must do exactly as Christ would do, nothing deviating.  
We are not perfect, but that should motivate us, and not be an excuse.  When you pray for me, and 
for missionaries, and anything else, you must be willing to work for those blessings.

The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for 
others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that we must ask for in order to obtain.
We pray to the Father in Christ’s name (John 14:13–1416:23–24). We are truly able to 
pray in Christ’s name when our wishes are the wishes of Christ (John 15:7D&C 46:30). 
We then ask for things that are right and thus possible for God to grant (3 Ne. 18:20). 
Some prayers remain unanswered because they in no way represent Christ’s desire but 
spring instead out of the selfishness of man (James 4:3D&C 46:9). Indeed, if we ask 
God for unrighteous things, it will turn to our condemnation (D&C 88:65).

Elder Sampson

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