Such a fun week! Last monday after emailing Elder Yarber and I, along with 16 other missionaries, all crammed into a bus and we went to the City of Rocks to go hike around and have some fun. It was such a blast! It reminded me a lot of “Rock City” on Mt Diablo back home. Got me missing rock climbing, etc… quiet a bit and i was thinking about it and realized that as much as i might miss doing all that stuff right now, i dont miss it nearly as much as i know i am going to miss being a full time missionary for God.
I read a scripture this week. One that i had read before, but had long forgotten. The original text is found in the words of Isaiah of the Old Testament which the prophet Nephi quotes in the Book of Mormon. He asks the sobering question, “Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? Shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it?” We are all merely instruments in Gods hands. Though it is easy to see that it is foolishness to say that an ax or saw could boast of or magnify itself, but for some reason we as human beings have the tendency to honor ourselves and to take credit for the work of God merely because we are the tool that he decides to use. Truly it is a great miracle that God is even able to find a way to use the dull, rusty, broken tools that we all our and then we have the audacity to claim, after the miracle is performed, that it was us who deserves the credit! I am so grateful for a God that has been so merciful and patient towards me, the undeserving child i am. For taking the time to humble me when he finds me forgetting that i am nothing more than an ax (and not a very good one at that).
This week we were able to witness and be apart of the baptism of Carson Mai. What an incredible young boy and amazing parents that raised him!
Love you all and have a great week!
p.s. Happy Mothers day to all you moms. I recently had a birthday and i have always thought it was weird that the child was celebrated and given gifts on that day when we all know that it was the mother that did all the work. Maybe it should be us giving the gifts on our birthdays instead of receiving…
p.s.s. Sorry to all you out there who did not get to have my mom as theirs because there is none greater than her.
Hello Family! I am officially in Paul, ID! kinda…. i actually live in the town of Heyburn, but the area i do my missionary things in is a part of Paul, ID and also Hazelton. It is ALLL country. The biggest town i cover is Hazelton which has 300 people and over half of them are Mormon. I get the feeling that i will be ‘chuckin’ a lot of hey out here. It actually reminds me a lot of my first area, Arco, ID. The first atomic powered city in the USofA! My new companion, Elder Yarber, just got out on his mission! He was born in Japan and is a ‘Military Brat” so he has lived all over the place. He has such a pure heart and loving spirit! Elder Yarber and I showed up on Thursday and we found out that the missionaries were giving talks (speaking in front of everyone) at church on Sunday, Easter Sunday! So Elder Yarber’s very first Sunday as a missionary got to speak in church and we just found out we are speaking again in Hazelton this next Sunday! It is actually a huge blessing because it has/will be a great way for us to get to know everyone here!
On Saturday we were in Hazelton knocking on some doors (all 50 of em) and it was getting late and time for us to go home, but we decided to knock on one more door. That one more door was Ed’s. Ed is in the process of his wife divorcing him, last year he was working on a machine and someone turned it on and 4 of his 5 fingers were chopped off. His kids never visit him, and he has next to no relationship with his parents or siblings. He is alone, hurt, and in pain. That night we introduced the restored gospel to him and brought the spirit into his home. We helped him feel the love that God, his heavenly father has for him. anyway gtg out of time! lOVE YOU!
Hi Mom! Man i did not realize how much i had grown to love the people i spent so much time studying for, praying with, and teaching. I was not expecting it to effect me so much, but it literally felt like my heart broke when i left. My new companion is awesome! He is VERY quiet and reminds me a lot of Elder Sparks who i trained back in Kimberly. He has such a pure heart and powerful spirit! This new area is great! It might take some time to get things going, and as much as i miss BSU right now i am so excited to be here! Elder Yarber and i actually got to speak yesterday, Easter Sunday! Elder Yarber spoke on the Prince of Peace easter video and talked about how had it has been for him to leave, but that just as nephi states in 1 Nephi 3:7 he knows that through Christ’s atonement there is no commandment that he can not do! I, of course, spoke on the atonement as well. I read “The Parable of The Push Ups” and i was unusually emotional while reading it and just cried my eyes out. I remember shortly before chelsea leaving for her mission i gave an FHE lesson and for my lesson we read that story…
… love you mom!
p.s. the people in these pictures are from Bosie. they are very special to me and i will have to tell you about them when i get home!
This week we spent most of our days in meetings. We got there early to set up around 8:30 and then we are there till about 4 or 5. and we had that same meeting (for different parts of the mission) 4 different times so there went most of our week. It was awesome though!
The video hasn’t been posted yet, but our Mission President has access to it so we got to watch the new Easter Video for 2017! It is incredible! There are going to be activities starting in the beginning of April leading up to Easter that is all focused and centered around PEACE, the PRINCEofPEACE. As you consider this Easter season and what we celebrate, commemorate, what comes to mind as you look at this picture of Jesus Christ? What does Easter mean to you, to your family? Do you know anyone who has recently lost a loved one who might be comforted by this message? Do you know anyone who is suffering with some sort of critical illness that might enjoy a measure of peace by hearing this message? If we told you that your Easter season would be made brighter, your love for Jesus Christ would increase, your appreciation for Him will be enhanced, would you take a few moments to watch this video?
I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. That he lived, died, and lived again. And because of Him we will ALL live again. Death will have no sting, the grave no victory. Hearts will be mended and peace will abound. I love you all and pray that we may all live in such a way that we may become free thought Him.