Monday, August 25, 2014

Hey Y'all!

Hey y'all
Thats way exciting about Elder Webster reaching the mission field this week! And I'm sorry you guys have been sick this week, but on the bright side, no one died could be worse. And thats cool that grandma and grandpa got to go to see Hermana Schiess. Glad to hear she made it back alright. And congrats mom! Thats way cool about your friend accepting the invitation! Good luck! Haha if I think of any advice, I'll let you know.

This week was pretty good. Our mission got a visit from Elder ViƱas of the 70, so that was really cool. He talked a lot about the atonement and about how to know if we have received a remission of our sins and how to help others recognize forgiveness in their lives. He also did a pretty intense activity. He had a list of the names of every person that had been baptized in like the past 5 years in our mission, and it was divided by ward. And he would call out a random ward, and the missionaries from that ward had to stand up and tell everything about the situation of everyone on his list. But he was actually pretty impressed at how well we did. So that was cool.

Unfortunately, this week we didn't get to go work in our area very much, so that was kind of lame. But on the bright side, Johny passed his baptismal interview on Thursday! He's set to get baptized tonight, assuming all goes well. So we're all pretty excited for that. Haha almost everyone in the office has taught him, because its been really hard for any of us to consistently be available at the times of our appointments, so its kind of like one big shared baptism. We've also been making a lot of changes in the office. None of us are particularly happy about being in the office because a lot of the time we don't really feel like missionaries really, but we realized we can change that. At least a little bit. So we've been making an effort to do a lot better at that, and I think its helping quite a bit.

So, verse(s) of the week. This one is kind of a lot. So, I read Mosiah 3 this week, and in that chapter, King Benjamin is telling his people about what an angel told him. It mainly talks about Christ and the Atonement. What I thought was interesting was verse 3 and 4. Its sort of a prologue, given by the angel, about the message he was going to share. He says that it was a message meant to make him happy, and that when he shared it with the people, they too would be filled with joy. So as I read the chapter, I thought, "Does this message fill me with joy? Why or why not?" In Mosiah 5:4 we read what the people thought about the message--that they were filled with joy because of the faith they had in the things they had heard. I really like that. That the joy they felt because of Christ and His atonement was directly related to the faith they had in it. And since faith is related to action, the more we act with faith in Christ, the more joy His gospel brings to us. Pretty cool stuff.

Anyway, I'm sure I'm leaving something out, as always. But I hope you all have a great week! Keep being awesome!

Elder Webster

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