|Parker in Full Bloom!|
we are on the verge of some incredible things happening here! i just cant wait for the dam to break and the baptisms to flow! we are teaching and finding some great people. our zone is also having some incredible weeks and great miracles! we are very excited to move forward and help more people come and receive the fullest blessings of the gospel as they are baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
It can be very frustrating when investigators commit to come to church, and then never come. they just dont know what they are missing! satan is good at what he does, he will make it seem impossible to get to church, but if you want to put yourself in a position to hear what God has to say to you, then YOU WILL BE IN CHURCH. no matter what!! its that simple! but gary strong (hopefully everyone remembers him. he is the husband of a less active member in the ward) was at church for the 3rd week in a row with his family. they are a beautiful family and they are doing really well! gary is still reading the book of mormon even though he has been very busy! he learns each time he attends church!
this is gonna be the craziest week ever! tomorrow we go to lansing to be taught by an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ (Elder Holland) and Elder Hallstrom. Wednesday we have zone conference in grand rapids, and friday we go to the temple with sis pawson's mom for the first time to take out her endowment!! that NEVER HAPPENS: going to the temple twice in 3 transfers with the same companion. unheard of!
quick thought, then i gotta run! you become what you believe in. what you believe in is what you spend your time thinking about, talking about, and doing. isn't it funny we spend most of our time talking about things that will never bring us anything of eternal worth? president Hess illustrated by talking about how everyone gets so excited about the next big movie. he said, "oh look, superman 48 is coming out! here it comes! im gonna talk about this for a long time and get really excited." it sounds funny when you think of it that way! its not bad to have hobbies, its not bad to have jobs and to worry about those jobs and things you have to take care of. but the most important thing in our lives must be faith in Jesus Christ and keeping His commandments. anything else will lead our lives in a downward spiral of self-indulgence, selfishness, and unhappiness. living is giving and giving is living. true happiness is found in helping other people. Enjoy your hobbies and cherish them. but analyze what you think about most and what you talk about most. are they things that really amount to anything in the eternities? i love sports. i will always love sports. but do i need to let it consume my thoughts, words, and actions? NO. and why should i? no one was ever given eternal life because someone won a football game. but because of Jesus Christ and His gospel, EVERYONE can have eternal life. read the Book of Mormon. It has SUCH POWER. it will teach you all things that you should do. it will bring the Spirit of God into your life. i know these things are true.
have a great week everyone!