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Archive for October, 2014

Serving in a Branch

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.

Sorry I haven’t sent a pic for a while, but I’ll get one soon. I love all of you; keep doing the small and simple things.
Elder Moore

Melchizedek

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.

This week we had a good experience with finding a new investigator. So my comp and I were shopping in Soriana on Monday (p-day) and a lady came up to us and asked if we are the Mormons; we told her we are. She said that she had lots of questions and wanted some help in her life. Then she said that she had questions about Melchizedek and we were a little surprised because it’s not every day that some random person has a question about Melchizedek. So we went to go teach her and it turned out she was having a really hard time and had heard that we have the Priesthood, that we give blessings, and she wanted one. We gave her a blessing and she felt the power of the Priesthood really strong; she now knows that it is real.
It was a really good experience to be ready to give aid to someone who needed it. And that experience has made me think about all the blessings I received from dad and how they blessed my life and gave me guidance. So thanks for everything.
Love you all!
Elder Moore

Grace for Grace

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.”

While reading the scriptures I have realized how I can use the atonement to be at one with God. Nefi and all the prophets are helping me understand they are still serving me through what they did so long ago. I don’t understand it perfectly, what Christ did for me — but i do accept it by faith.  And as I think about it I can only think of the song, “I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.”
The gospel is amazing. And I love my Savior. Love you all and keep reading and going to the temple.
Elder Moore
Christopher with Elders from his mission entry group El cielo en Huatulco

General Conference

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.

Conference was AMAZING!!!!  Each year it goes by faster and faster. I remember before the mission it took forever and the sessions were so long, but now they aren’t long enough. I loved Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk about light. Tad R. Callister – he just comes off as a very refined man. And Richard G. Scott. Some things I loved this conference was hearing some talks in Spanish. Also I loved when Richard G Scott said searching the scriptures is more important than sleeping, eating, social media, etc.. I really liked that quote and also when someone said that a spiritual question requires a  spiritual response.
The talks spoke a lot about personal revelation, prophets, and there were two talks on the law of the fast. You can tell they focused a lot on individual growth and testimony. And that is how the establishing of Zion will happen in these the last days. The establishing of Zion starts with every individual becoming converted to the gospel, and should be a main focus right now so that the righteous can seek refuge during the second coming. We all need to become more converted to the gospel so we can participate in the gathering of Israel.  The gathering of scatterd Israel has and will always start with the individual on a spiritual level. The tribes were scatterd because first they stopped obeying and listening to the spirit, thus separating themselves from God.  Then they were literally scattered. but we could go on and  that is another topic. The point is that we need to be more spiritually prepared for what is going to come.
Below is a picture of the whole zone eating between conference sessions. Love you all! Keep studying the scriptures and going to the temple!
Elder Moore
Zona Huatulco eating between conference sessions

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