I had a few people ask me, so here's me notes on my favorite talks from General conference! Uchdorf: * sometimes the the truth may seem to simple and plain for us to appreciate its full value * when we chase after shadows we are pursuing matter that have little to no value * we, as church members, should ask the same questions that investigators ask as they come to the church * the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ can turn a life from ordinary and dreary into extraordinary and exasperated * are we making our discipleship TOO complicated? * we need to make and effort to dedicate our time to the simple things that ACTUALLY MATTER * living the gospel doesn't need to be complicated * hear-listen-love-follow-walk-desire to learn-hear (cycle of discipleship) * we need to start where we are- use your weakness to help you learn * we don't need to be more of anything to start becoming the man God wants us to be * god sees us as we can be and as we will be, not how we think we currently are * if we look at ourselves only through our mortal eyes, we can only see what we can do better- God sees us as we truly are, and as we can be * because of the grace of Christ, we all can be in the tellestial kingdom. But we need to stove for more * exaltation is our goal, discipleship is our journey Transfer calls were this week!
Monday, October 12, 2015
October 12, 2015: General Conference & Transfers
I'm gonna be mean and make you read it to find out!
I'm fine, just some minor scrapes left. My leg actually feels better than it has for a while. Prolly a combination of blessings from the lord and the fact that I am actually taking my pills most morning now. XD
No, that lady still leaves us alone, but she spends most of her time in her backyard gardening. Only reason she came up that day was to tell us where to find the moose.
And thus- because of the events that occurred afterwards, we did not even see the moose really, just something that looked like one, but didn't really get to see it that close!
That family we visited is always super busy, mom dealing with the issues that present themselves, and dad is a truck driver, so it's hard to schedule something cause mom doesn't want to have a lesson unless dad is there, and whenever dad is there they're dealing with the family... So we're praying for something!
We try to work with the youth, but there is 2 active young men and a single active young woman, so working with the youth in Ennis is hard. As it comes to Three Forks, we are trying to take a "Peter and Sean" approach- taking the youth out with us as much as possible! We have a few really cool priests that love coming with us, and we love to have them!
Yes Elder Pino did [pull me aside and talk to me personally], no I don't have pictures.
I'm super happy, it's rained at least once a week for the whole time I've been up here, and for one week a while ago it was raining basically all week!! Definitely different than what I come from, but (at least at the moment) it's something I could get used to!
I have a piece of advice for a few things for ya, so listen up! ;)
1. for study each day, we think about what might be able to help us in the coming week/day. Whether that be studying for a specific person or for something that can uplift us, as we pray for guidance we always seem to have something to study. So my advice to you is this: find something that you might be having a hard time with during the week, and ask God to help you find things to study about it. I hope that'll help!
2. If that doesn't help, turn to PMG ch.2. The whole chapter is about studying effectively and teaching. If I'm ever at a day without something to study I just turn to there, pick something, and work with it!
3. If all else fails.... PONDERIZE. Lol, try to PONDERIZE each week anyway, as well as your studies. Something that our zone leaders said was that if you've picked a scripture for the week, put it somewhere (I have it as the background of my iPad) and as you think about it throughout the week, study scriptures that are similar in theme or message during the week!
4. For hastening the work- in the stake here, the stake prescient has issued a challenge to the stake- President Rupture's House of Hastening:
And the whole stake loves it! My favorite one that I invite you guys as a family to do, is set a date 4x a year to have a non-member family come over to be taught by the missionaries. SET A DATE. Even if that date isn't the day you can have the lesson on, set a "deadline" per say by which you will have a family to teach. We have invited every member in our ward to do it, so I've heard every excuse... And I know no matter what excuse you can think of, If you PRAY about both the date and the family (or person) as a family, I know that that tremendous amount of faith in the Lord will bless you. But, just like the brother of Jared, you can't expect to have someone thrown in your face. You have to try to solve the issue on your own, then the Lord will bless you. The Lord has/will prepare someone in your life to receive the gospel. As it says in Alma 13:24, someone is ready. They may not know it. You'll probably not know it at first, but someone is/will be ready. No matter how busy you think you are, no matter how little nonmember friends you think you have, if you pray earnestly as a family and with real intent, not just cuz I told you to, the Lord will bless you. Invite them over for dinner, over for an FHE one Monday (or Sunday, cuz I know sometimes that works better), have a game night one day. Invite the Mills too! But most importantly, tell the missionaries about your efforts. They will support you. There is a statistic that I read from President Hinckley- 1/4 doors that missionaries knock on end in baptism. 1/3 found through members and taught through their home end in baptism. Share that. Get everyone excited about missionary work!!!
5. Last piece, and I this one is easy. As the second councilor in the bishopric, you have power and authority to help direct the ward. As such, you actually do have some stewardship (not a lot, most of it falls under the bishop, but even the prophet relies on his councilors all the time!). With this, the Lord will give you revelation, but not always as you are ready for it. I invite you to begin to think about people throughout the day, active, inactive, nonmember, whatever, that would benefit specifically from the missionaries visiting them. Then, as you get some point free during the day, call or text the missionaries. Tell them the people they should visit, and if possible give them a why. I know at times it will seem inconvenient, but as you do it, not only will you be blessed, not only will the missionaries be blessed, but the ward that I know you love so much!
I know that is a lot to do, but I also know that these things have been able to bless me as a missionary, and I've seen it bless members. If you work hard at these, "hastening the work" not longer becomes some abstract thing ("I don't know what it means, I don't know what to do, but I know that I need to hasten the work!" -Elder Pino") but it becomes a very, very real, and very accomplishable thing!
Now that my "little" rant is over, I'll actually answer your questions!!!!
Yes, voice male and eclipse are fine, as long as it's hymns, or arrangements of hymns.
It sounds like both you and mom are saving my emails for me, so man don't worry about making me another email, just make sure those emails don't go anywhere!!!!!
I'm doing my best to write, but I seem to always be short on time, so expect type-os and grammatical mistakes, as I am typing this VERY quickly!
Last full week before transfers!!! D:
Preparation day, fun stuff! We got to go play golf today, and I remembered that I really am not good at sports... Even golf. It's cool thought, I had fun, lost prolly a dozen balls among the foliage and the water. As the person I am, I was slightly sad after we go done, but anytime I'm done with being bad at something I get upset. I get to blame my parents for that, right? Haha no, but I do know that that is something I need to work on, making sure that I know that I can't be good at everything, but I finally think I starting to realize that the Lord will help me with all I need!
After that we went to Bozeman to play around with our zone, and to go shopping at the one Walmart in the zone.... Not as many as we had thought!! We got to play some kickball, and then we did a tie trade cause there was an elder who was on his last transfer in his mission! I got a few ties, and actually walked out with more ties than I walked in with! Fun stuff I guess!
After we were done in Bozeman (I bought a new watch, $8 at Walmart. But unfortunately, it is now broken. Going to Walmart today to see if anything can get fixed!) we went to Ennis, and really all we had time for was dinner and one visit. So that's what we did. We went with the old branch mission leader to go visit someone in the branch. We did that, then we went home and planned!
10/6/2015Lots of fun on Tuesday! We got to do service, basically all day. Best kind of service though, DEMOLITION. We went to a part member family, who needed some help in taking down a wall.
That building (inside and out), is no longer there.
We spent basically all day there, and the. We tried to tract a bit, with no success :(
District meeting! It was a great meeting, lots of focus on planning and training. We took a picture at the end-
And then there's my companion, fruity as ever. Everyone tryin to be serious, and then does that.
After the meeting we got to go teach A, an 8-year old dude who wants to learn the gospel! Fun, fun stuff goin on!
More service!!! We got to do our weekly "shift" at the food bank, and again we got to go hang out at the bomb shelter. It's always great to be able to go and spend a few terrifying moments in the zombie cave, as my companion has most recently called it. Oh man, this mission thing is gettin fun.
We got to teach both D and K, and they are both SUPER excited for their baptisms coming up. K's is coming up this Thursday, and D is coming up on Halloween. We can't wait to see them move forward!
More service!!! We got to go help a member paint her house and finish some repairs so they could sell the home, I think she sent you pictures. I dunno. Didn't do much else, we got to teach A again. Besides that it was a pretty boring day, Tracting and attempting to find an whatnot. Dad's birthday, I was a little sad, but attempted to keep busy so I couldn't think about it.
Fun weekend day, even more service!
There was a less active in our ward who needed some help moving, so we were able to help him move stuff around and getting things from his storage unit to his new home. We actually spent most of the day with him, everything but planning at night and studies in the morning. We got to "accidentally" watch a little bit of college football, and even though I am very lost when compared to my companion, I enjoyed the little bit I got. Another boring day besides that though...
Church, as normal. Nothing too exciting, except fer transfer calls! Lol nothing exciting tho, both Elder Potter and I are staying in Three Forks/Ennis, so I get to finish my training with Potter! Super excited and I can't wait to get another 6 weeks in! Besides that, nothing super exciting happened, just a few lessons with members, and I started to make some things for the family. I don't know how long it's gonna take to make them, so I might make them Christmas presents.... I dunno.
And then it's today! :D
My PONDERIZE scripture last week was Abraham 3:24-25, my one for this week is Mosiah 3:19
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
Definitely invite all of you to pick a scripture to read this week!!
Elder Braden R Wallgren
Montana Billings Mission
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints