This week was really good! We are seeing the work progress here in many ways and of course there are hard parts, but it is fun being out here in a Branch where you get to learn a lot about how the structure of the Branch is and help to see if ordinances are being done properly. I think that is so interesting how the ordinances need to be done just as the Lord revealed. Anything mas o menos (more or less) is not acceptable. Whenever I think of performing an ordinance or offering a sacrifice a little different than how the Lord revealed I think of Cain. He didn’t offer the sacrifice how the Lord had revealed and therfore suffered the consequences. He just didnt have the faith to do it and as a result of that he has zero faith right now. So it is a great learning experience being here in this Branch.
Archive for October, 2014
This week was good. During one of the juntas (meetings) there was a little earthquake so we were all in the Church building when everything started to shake; it got a little loud but then calmed down.
Below are some pics of my area and the sky and also a pic of some of the Elders in my generation (mission group). We saw each other at a conference we had last week in Salina Cruz. It was a really good conference – I love the message President shared with us. He talked about how we are the leaders in this world; the world doesn’t know that, but one day they will. We just need to do our part right now! And then I thought of something I studied a little bit ago in 2 Nefi 25:23,26 it talks about how we are saved by grace.
We have all read or listened to the talk of Brad Wilcox when he explains grace so well, so we can understand this power in our lives. Later I was reading in DyC 93 how Christ grew, and how he grew grace for grace. If we keep reading in that section we read in verse 20, “For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fullness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.” So in this chapter we understand how we need to progress and–no surprise–it is exactly how Christ progressed: grace for grace. But this is two fold: we receive grace and in order to receive more we need to give grace. It’s really quit simple – we get help from above and as we do that, that is when we begin to grow.
As I am trying to do that and figure it out a little more each day, I receive joy! I love that! It is a formula to be happy in this life and in the eternities. No wonder people like to go to the temple or serve missions because they are helping some one else do something that they can’t do themselves. In other words, they are giving and receiving. But when we recieve we need to give more. God gives so we can bless his children. So, as Nefi writes: “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”
That campout with the YSA ward sounds like fun! And Dad, we are for sure going to go mountain biking in Moab, go fishing at Ryder and lots of other outdoor stuff. That’s good that there are three more with us in the Priesthood session. That joke about Grandpa made me laugh so hard – it was a good one. Keith, all I ask is to have the wedding when I get there so I can be there. Aslo, Jared and Kathryn – that’s crazy but awesome. And Dad still likes the rush, doesn’t he? Can’t stay in the same spot for too long.