Monday, February 27, 2012

Missions are SUPER AWESOME!

 Elder Richard G. Scott

Hey hey hey!
Missions are great and everybody should go on one...I don't know what else to tell yall. You can never fit everything that happens in a week into an email. So many cool things are happening here in Colonial Heights I honestly don't know where to start.

Any funny stories? mmm...nothing that yall can appreciate. uh...we ran into a Catholic priest at Walmart today and had a really cool conversation with him. We turned into an aisle and almost ran into him and when i saw the collar i thought, "uh oh". So I just smiled and said hi and what-not and it turned into a cool conversation. I was hoping he'd follow us to the Chinese Buffet we went to for lunch so we could talk with him more. Unfortunately, he was borrowing a Bishops car and was like, "I gotta go or else the Bishop will be really mad." Yeah. It was funny. Yeah...

SO! This Saturday we have a baptism of an entire family and I. am. STOKED! The work is moving forward every day and I'm so privileged to be a part of it. This last Sunday we had our stake conference which included 43 other stakes from around the area (it was broadcasted from Salt Lake). Every talk was amazing! The final speaker was Elder Richard G. Scott (oh, did I mention that Elder Scott's nephew is my Stake President?'s sweet. And he looks JUST like him. It's crazy) and his talk was E.X.C.E.L.L.E.N.T. I have had so many awesome spiritual experiences...It's actually kinda frustrating that I can't write it all.

It seems that nowadays the church and its members are in the spotlight a lot. Nearly everyone has heard of us and, unfortunately, many want us to change to fit in with society. We are asked to lower our beliefs and standards so we may become "unified" with the rest of the world so we can all be "friends". That is not our role as Latter-day Saints. We have the fulness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ and with such knowledge WE are called and chosen to rise up and be an example to all the world. "Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;" (D&C 115:5) Do not go with the flow of society. This life was never meant to be easy. We are to fight the current of ever changing standards and morals and when we finally choose to do so, then and only then, do we qualify for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. We must always be aware of ourselves and where we stand on the grand scale of morals and behavior. Examine yourselves and determine now to change and be better. We aren't snatched all at once. The process and path to hell is very slow and very hard to discern. "For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security...and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell." (2 Nephi 28:20-21) Too many Latter-day Saints have fallen because they thought they were "safe". It all begins with one "little" commandment we miss. We decide to miss a day of church here and there. We decide to skip out on one day of scripture reading or prayer. Or, we decide to let one little thought linger for "a little bit longer" in our heads. Or, maybe, we decide that some little rule is too strict and it's ok to loosen up a little bit. It's ok to laugh at that standard. It's ok to listen to that song....No. That is when the devil has hold upon our hearts and leads us away from the light into everlasting darkness. Arise, and let your light shine forth unto the world! Don't settle for anything that the world may pretend to offer. It has NOTHING. Be strong. Listen to and obey EVERY. LITTLE. WORD that the prophets, apostles, stake presidents, bishops, and parents have told you. Meticulous obedience is the key to eternal life.

"Oh be wise. What can I say more?"

Elder Hyrum Smith

P.S. It's nice for missionaries to receive mail. Just throwing that out there :)

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