Monday, May 1, 2017
Week 89 - May 1, 2017
Well, all is well here in Wilkes Barre. Have I mentioned how interesting of a place this is... because it sure is! It's been quite the experience already. Elder Sandberg keeps me on my toes, he's so good! Seriously 100x better of a golden than I was - I am so blessed to have him.
This week we had a baptism for a man named Mike Hrinko. Great guy. Super proud of him. The service was great.
We have a solid investigator named Teresa. We started a Book of Mormon class on Wednesday night and she came. She then came with us to the Priesthood Restoration site and then she came to the baptism on Saturday and then to church yesterday! We are taking her to all these places and doing all these activities--I think we forgot to actually teach her! She loved the Restoration site. She went and prayed in the woods while we were there and she came out and said: "I would like to be baptized in the Susquehanna River." She is super excited for her baptism on May 27th.
We are teaching this family of four. The Bizzell family. The kids are amazing - just eat everything up. The mom actually is in the hospital and called us up on a private phone and said: "Elders, you are the only ones I want coming here. I want to continue to learn from you. Will you come to the hospital and continue to teach me?" lol - of course.
We also got buckets against some homeboys here on the local courts here in WB. Elder Sandberg and I taught them a few things -- not about the gospel, but still some important things. Good times, good times. As we were leaving, the guys were like, "Man, these white boys balled us up in church shoes!"
President Randall came and had a lesson with us in Wilkes-Barre this week - it was so fun.
This week I actually began President Nelson's Six-Week Challenge to study about the Savior from the Topical Guide. I have learned so much. SO much. It's amazing.
Neal A. Maxwell knows it all:
One’s individual will thus remains uniquely his. God will not override it nor overwhelm it. Hence we’d better want the consequences of what we want!
Another cosmic fact: Only by aligning our wills with God’s is full happiness to be found.
So many of us are kept from eventual consecration because we mistakenly think that, somehow, by letting our will be swallowed up in the will of God, we lose our individuality. What we are really worried about, of course, is not giving up self, but selfish things--like our roles, our time, our preeminence, and our possessions. No wonder we are instructed by the Savior to lose ourselves. He is only asking us to lose the old self in order to find the new self. It is not a question of one’s losing identity but of finding his true identity!
As one’s will is increasingly submissive to the will of God, he can receive inspiration and revelation so much needed to help meet the trials of life.
If our hearts are set too much upon the things of this world, they may need to be wrenched, or broken, or undergo a mighty change.
The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us.
“If you want to enjoy exquisitely, become a Latter-day Saint, and then live the doctrine of Jesus Christ”
^^ and that's it.