Hey mom, a while back you told me you had given a friend at work a copy of the Book of Mormon. How did that go?
Would it surprise any of you to know that I have a travel sized Chess set? Probably not. Well, Elder Hove and I play Chess when ever we get the time and we are home. He is actually pretty good. I have to really concentrate to beat him, and even then he wins his fare share of the games. Not like when I used to play my old Zone Leader Elder Thomas. He would just throw pieces away willy nilly. So it is pretty fun having a challenge when I play chess. It is nice that he knows how to play since many people out here don't.
-Dieter F Utchdorf 2nd Councilor in the First Presidency..
"There is no problem to big, or to small, for God."
-Thomas S Monson 16 President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
"Your Potential is not determined by any outside circumstance. Your potential is determined by your faith and how much you want it."
-Elder Mohl my old Zone Leader in California
Well it is interesting, as I sit here at the computer I realize that I am coming up on a year of missionary work. It really doesn't feel like it has been a year. But it has been, my time on mission is not infinite, and neither is our time in life. People say YOLO all the time, but I prefer YOMO, You Only Mortality Once. We tell our investigators all the time that their actions here in life are very important, because what we do here will affect where we go after this life. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given agency, or the ability to make decisions for themselves. That gift is given to every son or daughter of Adam and Eve on the face of the Earth. We are free to choose our actions, but not our consequences. We must use our agency wisely. The prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon said that we are free to choose between two things, either "life through the mediator of all flesh" or in other words, Jesus Christ. Or to choose "captivity and death according to the captivity and power of the devil for he seekth that all man might be miserable like unto himself." So every decision we make either takes us closer to God or farther from him. We have to choose which way we are going to go. Elder Mapugwa my District Leader said "it is better to be a step away from Hell facing Heaven, then a step away from Heaven facing Hell". We have to choose where we are going to go and who we are gong to follow. We have the words of prophets, both ancient and modern day, that guide us closer to God. I testify that the Scriptures are true, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, also the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. They contain the word of God as given to Prophets. I know that they are true.
"Well then Mr. Lightbeer, prove it."
"You're a walking stick! It's funny! Now GO!"
"Stranger, from the outside. Ohhh.."
"I know its a rock! Don't you think I know a rock when I see a rock I spent a lot of time around rocks!"
Love you all.