November 18th, 2013
Well this week has been very eventful. I got a new companion on Wednesday and his name is Elder Stewart. He has been out for 18 months and a really good guy. I'm geetting a long with really well and he likes Slough a lot cause people listen a lot more haha. I also got a new Distric Leader whose name is Elder La Mazza. He is INSANE.
He goes home in 3 months and was a zone leader for the last year and just does work! Haha he is a good guy and I look forward to serving along side these great missionaries and laerning from all their experiences.
We are starting to see the work pick up little by little. We are finally starting to get some solid appointments and people to teach.
I pray and hope that we will be able to say and do the things the Lord will wants us to do so that we can help these people enter into the waters of baptism. I love being a missionary and all the challenge it brings. It sounds crazy to think challenges are fun or good but they are! That is how are Heavenly Father tests our faith and when we succeed we gain and even stronger testimony and a deeper conversion.
Alwasy remmeber our Heavenly Father sees us in an Eternal perspective and knows when and why we need things to happen in our lives. I hope all of you have been doing your part in hastening the work of salvation.
My spiritual thought for this week is on charity. Charity is a really hard topic to speak on and hopefully I don't just mess it up. In todays world people just think that charity is love. It is so much more then that and we know that charity is the pure love of Christ.
Paul and Mormon both say exactly what charity is.
" Charity suffereth long, and is kind, and enveith not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in inquity but rejoiceth in the truth, bearth all things, believth all things hopeth all things, endureth all things."
Now the question for many of us today is how can we have charity become who we are. It first begins with humbling ourselves as Mormn says in Moroni 7:43. We must come before God meek and lowley in heart. We then must exersice our faith in Jesus Christ and always be doing the things that increase our faith. Once we have faith then we will get hope. If we have hope then we will have charity. "The meek and lowly in heart, and confess by the power of of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity." (Moroni 7:44)
As I was doing my personal study today I have been focussing a lot on light and darkness. It hit me that charity can also be considered light. As we make decisions and feel our lives with light we will be filled with the love of God. Just as Christ tells the Nephites that men do not put a bushel over a lit candle, but that he puts it on a candlestick to shine light on everyone in the house. I was watching the Joseph Smith movie the other day and in there Joseph says "A man filled with the love of God will not only want to share it with his family." As we strive to feel or lives and ourselves with light and the love of Christ we will become a beacon to others will be drawn to Christ through the love and light we show them as we strive to follow Christ. We must remember as Paul counsels to not just think faith and hope are enough. For as Paul says, "Though I have faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Hold up your light and shine the love and light on Christ with all thoughs you come in contact with. As we increase our faith and hope we will not want to keep it to ourselves, but share it with everyone and let them benefit from it. Our Heavenly Father will then in turn pour out the blessings of Heaven upon us. I promise you that as you do this you will feel the love your Heavenly Father and Christ has for you. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
LOVE YOU TO SHREDZZ!!
Taken in Front of Windsor Castle
His new companion Elder Stewart