Monday, October 10, 2016

A Wedding and Two Baptisms

The week for us was a really crazy one. I honestly can't even remember everything that we did. The wedding and the Baptism were both really good though! It is really cool to see how the Atonement can work in everyone's lives. As long as we are trying our best and striving to follow Christ, then we can all be changed and become more like him every day. We helped out a lot with setting up and taking down for the wedding. It was really cool to see how the Relief Society rallied around each other and did an awesome job of making sure that there was enough food and everything. Some of that stuff was kind of last minute, but that is just a testimony builder of the truthfulness of the church, because most people don't work the way they did to make sure everything went perfectly. The Baptism was really good too! There were probably 25-30 people there, which was awesome. It is really cool to see how the ward really came together to support Shane and Cortni. We have a lot of younger couples (Staci and Tiffany's age) that are all awesome in being supportive and accomplishing all that they are asked to do. 

On Sunday, the confirmations were done. But it was also really cool because the four kids were all given blessings after church so that they could be put on the records of the church. It is really cool to see Shane and Cortni have a desire to go to the temple and be sealed for eternity in a year. It is also really cool because Shane can't wait to baptize Eva, the oldest, next year in June. He always talks about being able to baptize them and how he can't wait for that. 

Friday was also a really cool day. We had Zone training meeting down in Redmond and then New Missionary Training right after that, so we didn't have a ton of time to proselyte, but in the afternoon we saw some really cool miracles and met a lot of people who were interested in learning more! 

I studied Alma 5 today and it was awesome to read. It really makes you put things into perspective of how you are doing and how you can more fully follow Christ. It talked about deciding whom you are going to follow and how Christ is always going to be the Shepherd calling out your name. It also talked a lot about being able to stand before God and how great the joy will be if you are righteous, and how terrible it will be if you are not. It is all about repentance and becoming clean through the Atonement of Christ! One thing that I think Elder Bednar talked about was "knowing Christ" not knowing about Him. That is one thing that I really want to continue to work on. 

I am grateful that Christ was perfect in all that he did and that he never gave in to temptation of any kind. He is the perfect example in every aspect and I come to realize that more and more every day. In the MTC we saw a talk by Elder Bednar called the Character of Christ, It is so important for us to act rather than be acted upon. At the end of the day, we all have the opportunity to act and to choose for ourselves, but it is up to us to be diligent in making correct choices and keeping the commandments. When we are being casual about making those choices and acting in accordance with God's will is when we begin to slip backwards, even if just a little. 

This week will be interesting. We have District meeting down in Redmond tomorrow and then drive all the way out to Newberg on Wednesday for our Tech meeting so that I can get my iPad on Wednesday. I can't wait for that! Then we have transfer calls on Saturday or Sunday. I am pretty sure that Elder Halaeua and I will both be here still.

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