This has been a week filled with much inspiration and learning. Preston and Adyson are getting baptized this Saturday so we are SUPER STOKED about that. I said a couple of months back, "I feel like February is the month for these two". That was previous to us knowing whether or not they would have permission to be baptized or not. It was almost to a point where we weren't sure if they were going to have to wait till they turned 18 or not. Those two kiddos were elated when we showed up at our lesson this week and were so excited to tell us their decision. Preston and Adyson now have a baptismal date for this Saturday!!! They were super excited when their Dad gave them permission to be baptized. The little boy was super funny... when we asked him he was hesitant to say anything (keep in my mind they already knew they wanted to be baptized at this point and the Mom knew as well) and was playing it on as though he was still questioning it. After a couple minutes of prying he yelled, "Yes!" and ran upstairs to hide. The kids are super fun and kind-hearted kiddos. I didn't think I'd be very good at teaching kids because before I got to Shelley…
Thursday will mark the 11th month I've been serving my mission. Crazy to think only about 12 months (no I'm not bad at math, most Elders' missions are only 23 months) until I'm able to return to a life filled with lots of extremely loud techno music and long drives. Now I have new territory to explore here in Idaho when I go for my drives, so I'm excited! I have learned so much, I can't wait to put to test the skills I've developed outside of a missionary setting. I'm not getting trunky (homesick) don't worry, I'm just sitting here soaking it all in. We don't generally get much time to soak in and appreciate the things we are learning out here. So many THINGS happen on a mission it's incomprehensible.
We find out on the 19th what happens with these next transfers. 'Twill be very interesting to say the least, we have no idea what's going to happen. We usually have a pretty good guess, but not this time.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is contained in full within the Book of Mormon. I know that's true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel including God's priesthood authority on earth again. Though the church is perfect the people that run it are human and are imperfect. I know be a divine witness that this Church is the only true path to ETERNAL happiness. We gain happiness through secular things in this world and we might carry on in darkness and never know it and be entirely content. I do know however if we seek with a sincere heart and real intent to find the truth, we will be guided and directed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to find the fullness of truth. I do know that there is more to this life and the next than we can possibly comprehend. We have the inheritance of our Father in Heaven, who is the Almighty God, the All-knowing and Omnipotent God, waiting for us if we do what is right. He recognizes our weakness and he knows our hearts true intents and desires. He wants ALL of His children to return to him, not just a few here and there, but he wants ALL. That is why every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ, our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. We will all come to know of the fullness of truth. Eternal salvation is not easily acquired though. I don't think it was intended to be such. We are given 'commandments' not as guidelines but as rules and regulations in hopes that we may grow, progress and experience peace and joy with the knowledge that we obtain of His plan. These commandments are NOT suggestions; they are NOT to be broken without suffering the consequences. We are to experience sorrow and misery in this life that we may know peace and happiness. We can be living a perfectly righteous life and ask why does this happen to me.. Why have I been cursed with this horrible disease.. Why did my wife and kids have to die? Doesn't God love His children? How could he allow all of this evil and suffering to occur in the world? I would never allow that to happen to my children if I had a say in it... Let us instead tell our Father in Heaven, thank you for loving me enough to cut me down that I may be built up stronger. We go through trials and suffering that we may get just a taste of what our Brother suffered for us. Enough asking, "why me" and more asking, "what's next Heavenly Father, I'm ready".
I love you all,