Monday, January 26, 2015

Something learned at more meetings

Hey don't worry about Sydney going home. Honestly time freezes while you go on your mission. I still refer to things that happened a year before I left as a year ago... and then I remember it's 2015.(Steve and I had both written him our concerns about him feeling homesick because Sydney comes home this week.)

We had more meetings this week. We read a scripture in Matt. 17 where the apostles fail to cast out a demon, out of a boy. When Jesus shows up theres a commotion, and he casts it out. 

The apostles reply with... how? why could you when we couldn't? 

The answer "for your unbelief" 

We talked about raising our spirituality, sanctifying ourselves, not seeing a difference between obedience, and exact obedience. 

It's like saying Jesus was obedient in doing the Atonement, but he didn't do it with exact obedience so only 3/4ths of mankind is saved. It's a little ridiculous, right? 

The act of obedience always requires exactness.

How the apostoles were called and set apart. Maybe they even had little missionary outfits too, but there's a huge difference between poder y autoridad.(power and authority)

We exercised this power this week. There's been this one lady that goes to church that we just haven't felt right about. There's something going on that she's not telling us, so the message that we felt inspired to share, repentance. 

We read D&C 20:37 with her.(37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.) We told her that as members we can't be two different people in the light and in the dark. That we shouldn't worry about hiding from the eyes of man, instead hide from the eyes of God. But God sees everything we do.

The spirit was so strong. We invited her to repent, and sanctify herself before God, stood up, and we left. We'll see her again this week, I hope she's changed. 

That's it, tell Syd to enjoy the house life. See you guys there soon. 

I'm getting the push ups down so I'm bulky when I get back. Love you guys, bye

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