Monday, November 10, 2014

11/3/14 - Eternal Potential

Hello Friends and Family,

The proceedings of this week: LOTS more tracting :), I've been learning a lot being able to follow-up with the sisters in the district every night, We've planted A LOT of seeds Dinner with a recent convert of mine named Dakota Colson, I was 3 days in the mission field when he was baptized, it was cool to catch up with him as he moved almost right after the baptism so we couldn't teach him the follow-up lessons. He moved back to Shelley so now we might finally get him those lessons taught. It's been 7 MONTHS since he's been baptized and missionaries in Idaho Falls never picked him up and started teaching him. It's so easy for people to fall through the cracks, unfortunately. 

For Halloween, from 6-9:45pm, we watched Tarzan and Frozen. I've now officially watched Frozen twice... On my Mission. I didn't think I'd like Tarzan, but after not having seen it since I was 8-10ish years old, I kind of enjoyed it! I was dying with a headache though so that was rather unfortunate. Been having quite a few headaches lately, now I kind of know how Elder Downey felt. 

I'm in a debacle, I really would like to stay in an area for longer than 3 months in hopes to get to know and love the people a bit better, but I kind of like having a change of scenery. So right now I actually think I would prefer to leave Shelley at the end of the transfer (December 3). I think it'd be good for Elder Wright to take lead in an area as well. It'd be a good growing experience for him. It'd force him to take lead in teaching situations and other situations as well. I'm almost positive one of us is leaving though. I think 3 months may be the longest I'll ever have a companion. I guess we'll see I can’t pretend to prophesy of things to come.  

I have this gift from God. I wish I could share it with everyone. The gift I have is the love for everyone whom I come in contact with. This gift was not given all at once. It was developed over time. Through many different experiences in my lifetime, I've developed this attribute. Now when I say this, I do not mean I have a perfect Christ-like love for everyone, I'm still imperfect, but for the most part in reflection on things in past and in present, I understand people in a different way than most. I can look at a person with genuine love knowing that he is my brother or she is my sister, no matter what they look like what they are involved in or how they act. I'm so grateful for this aspect of my life. I hope to bless the lives of many with this God given gift. I don't consider myself a very powerful teacher of the Gospel. I don't know that I really am efficient as a missionary as far as applying the, I guess you can call them, 'tactics and skills' that a missionary should have. I do my best to recognize how I can improve myself in hopes to be able to do ALL THAT I CAN to spend these two years wisely and bring as many souls unto Christ as God has placed in my path. I dread a day to come in the future in the which I may come across those whom I simply walked by that God was preparing to hear the Gospel and I did not have the faith to invite them to do so. No one is as complete as Christ was, but the Gospel has blessed my life so immensely, it'd be wrong not to share this joy with others. As I share the gospel with those in my areas I feel God's love for them and for myself. I desire nothing but the destruction of Satan's armies and the exaltation of my loved ones. Look at the people around you and see their eternal potential...

2 Nephi 26: 27-30 (“Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance. Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden. He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.”)

Love,
Elder Gillespie

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