|It Could Be Worse|
|Good Morning Cunen!|
I want focus more on what I learned this week by reading and listening to Elder Holland's talk. These words in his talk are beyond true. Elder Holland said, "I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary." Those words have extraordinary meaning. Salvation is not cheap. It isn't enough to firmly believe, salvation requires effort, something of the soul and as Elder Holland says to understand you must, "spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane and have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary." Without those experiences we wouldn't learn, we wouldn't come unto Christ! Elder Holland continues by saying, "Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price. If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass, then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life." We need to remember today’s trial is tomorrow’s testimony. Heavenly Father is more interested in our growth than our comfort. Then why should our life be easy when our Savior's life was not easy. When you get tired, frustrated, mad or what ever feeling you have that is not from God say to yourself these motivating words, REMEMBER HIM. The Savior's example gives me and has given me courage to press on. He served so unselfishly with unconditional and so can we. When times get hard point all your feelings toward the Atonement. The Atonement will carry you and your families as it has carried me and my family. The Atonement continues to carry me everyday on my mission. Joseph Smith said these words about Atonement, "all things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to the Atonement of Jesus Christ." Everything points back to the atonement. Our message is simple as spoken by the Jesus Christ himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Trust in God everybody and good things will always come. Families Are Forever. I love all of you so very much.
What I love about Mom is that she made me breakfast everyday. What I love about Dad is that he would help change bike tires.
|Loving Some Hammock Time|
|Better Than The Tile Floor|
January 27, 2014
Tortilla count for the week: 30