Hello Family and friends!
Well it was another good week this week. We had our Stake Conference this week, so I got to attend that on Sunday. It was inspiring to hear more thoughts from my mission president, President Hiatt. He really stressed the importance of members getting more involved in missionary week, because this is a missionary church.
Members are not just members, members have the same responsibility as missionaries in that they need to invite all to come unto Christ. In fact, members are just as if not more important than missionaries when it comes to the week. They have the responsibility in fellowshipping the investigators, recent converts, and less-actives so that they may retain what the learn. That is a very important phrase right there. Retain what you learn.
The problem with many recent converts is that they have no one close to them besides the missionaries to help them retain the importance of following the commandments of our Heavenly Father. Missionaries constantly move around, so we depend on the members to make sure they fellow ship those we get to church. We work as hard as we can, but we need the strength of members more than you know. Members are key in helping progress the work. That is why this Church is called a missionary church.
Anyway, this week we did a lot of walking, like every week but I felt it more because, lucky me I split my heel open!!! Haha only in the Philippines. It's alright, what happened as when I was coming into the house, we have two steps, followed by a steel screen door and a wooden door. The problem with the steel door is that the hinge is broken. So it closes fast sometimes, This time it closed fast and happened to be right where my right heel was coming up the step. It left me with a pretty good gash. Shoes were not my best friend this week, but that wouldn't stop a stubborn guy like me! ;)
I am already transferring again! It was so fast here. I was just really starting to form good relationships with the members here. I am a little sad to be leaving, but I am also excited to help progress the work in another area!! Apparently, transfer day has been pushed to Thursday due to a holiday, so I have an extra day here to solidify those relationships I have with this people before I leave!
I am about to finish 2 Chronicles right now and a lot of it is a different view of the heritage of David. Its interesting to see the different levels of obedience his descendants had. Some did not follow the Lord; others followed the Lord, but did not do away with the molten images and high places; and then others followed only the Lord and got rid of the high places.
I feel like this is kind of like us as members of the church. We can choose to just be ok, go through the motions and kind of follow the commandments, we can be those who follow the commandments and have meaningful prayer and scripture study, or we can be those who follow whole heartedly the example of our Savior. They not only follow the commandments, they work on their Christlike attributes, and never hesitate to share a message of the gospel with those around them.
We need to be like those last members, center our lives around Jesus Christ only. We need to be actively seeking to make a change around us. So that everywhere we go, we leave it a little more clean than when we got there. If we want to have the Spirit with us always, that is the kind of attitude we need to have as members. Being a member of this church isn't easy, because obtaining salvation was never easy. Let us remember who we are aspiring to become like, Our Savior. If we are to become like him, we need to repent.
I remember hearing once about the definition of repentance, it is making a change in our life and turning... The turning we should be doing is to our Lord if we would like to truly repent. Only be relying upon Him may we become truly changed and walking more uprightly before our Heavenly Father.
Well I hope you all have a great week and I will let you know where my new area is this coming p day!
Until next week, much love,