On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 7:31 AM, Jared Sampson <email@example.com> wrote:
This week was great.
We Struggled a lot, but we are learning to be better, and to be grateful for what we have.We really need new investigators. Pretty much everyone that was making progress before is no longer making progress. This area needs a big push. A change of heart.
As I studdied the war chapters at the end of Alma this week, I realized more profoundly the power of the snowball effect. Sometimes we dont see the change something small can make if we take advantage of it and keep things going. Moroni goes with a very strong determination and takes back the kingdom from the kingmen, and calls all to take up arms in defense of the truth. Then, he uses them to take back everything from the Laminites, resulting in happiness in all the land.
So, what do we learn? We need to be greatful and see the small and simple blessings and take advantage of them to get things moving. This week we started working on being more grateful. We would go back and forth being grateful for things in the streets. Trying to do our best to see all of the blessings. Because, if we base our happiness on our weaknesses and the sins of others, we will not be very happy. If God was put down every time one of us was bad at life, he would never have the joy he has in being our father. We must have hope.We talked to a guy yesterday who has no hope. He is miserable, but doesnt want to leave stuff that claims to believe but doesnt follow. He says he stays there because of his conscience. Concence? consience? One of those spellings. His church doesnt require anything from him, and so he feels that he can lull himself into a dull sense of conscience. So. Do we do the same thing? Do sometimes we forget that our hope should be in Jesus Christ, and Him only? Do we lull ourselves into a drunken state of buzziness, not feeling, and not wanting to feel? Do we hear what we want to hear, or do we hear what we are told by the mouths of God´s prophets? Let us live the gospel.
This week, we had a big blessings with Tony. He has been meeting with the missionaries for a long time, and then stopped going to church and stuff, and then was picked up again but dropped because he would never come to church. Then we started working with him because 2 weeks ago, his woman had his first child. Except that he still hasnt seen her child because she went to another island to have the baby and hasnt been able to make it back yet but this week she will. He finally came to church this week, and was participating, and it was fantastic. We had a good talk about the Law of Chastity and Family which was a good review for him, and we are praying that his woman will also be opener to accepting the gospel and creating a family! Yeah repentance!
Speaking of repentance, it was my week to teach Gospel Principles in Church, and instutute/scripture study class this week which was super good.
In scripture study class we talked about Mosiah 19, and about moments of pressure, and what we have to do to make the right choice. The people of Alma had fled, so they avoided a difficult moment of pressure, King Noah was so wicked that he didnt even think about making a right choice or not, but the majority of the people had to make an instant decision of righeousness or wickedness. And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue them, and did overtake them, and began to slay them. Now it came to pass that the king commanded them that all the men should leave their wives and their children, and flee before the Lamanites. Now there were many that would not leave them, but had rather stay and perish with them. And the rest left their wives and their children and fled..Some made the right choice, and others did not. We talked about what happened for them to make the right choice in the moment of pressure, and how to prepare so that we can be spritually strong.
Choose ye THIS DAY whom ye will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. -Joshua.I shared a story from Bishop Stevenson from Converence in October of 2012:Let Us have courage to stand up for the right, choose today, and act true under pressure.Also, at church I taught about Repentance and as everyone came in, I gave them a closed note from God. Those who showed up on time got a note saying that they would receive all the Father hath. and those that didnt make it on time, a not from God saying that they hadnt qualified, and that he couldnt save them. We talked about repentance, and then at the end they opened their notes and realized that all debts have to be paid. The Law of Justice is not nulified by the law of mercy, but that we must repent to have the effects of it. Then we read in D&C 19:16-19I Love you All!!!Elder Sampson