:) :) :) hi family.
this week has been a great week. i am really beginning to love missionary work and every aspect of the work. there is no greater work to be done and no greater work i want to be doing. i am happy. proud of the work i am doing for the Lord. i want no human stamp of approval, just the approval of the Savior's voice saying "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." happiness is found in the service of the Lord. i WAS able to watch conference this weekend and it was as Christmas had come early. i was sucked into the words of so many great men filled with the Holy Ghost. some of the sessions were recorded and some were live, here was our schedule. we got to watch 4/5 sessions.
5:00-7:00pm- saturday morning session, live.
10:00am-12:00- Priesthood session, recorded.
1:00-3:00pm- saturday afternoon session, recorded.
5:00-7:00pm- Sunday morning session, live.
9:00-11:00pm- Sunday afternoon session, live (but we couldn't watch it, because of bed time... rubbish).
it was a fantastic conference and I learned how to change my life for the better. to be 100% on the straight and narrow path. it was so fulfilling but sad to think on sunday morning that all my family was doing the same thing. we are all so far apart... but the gospel once again brings us together. i grew so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. for the way back to our Heavenly Father.
The biggest lesson i think i learned was that of choice. we have been given a marvellous gift of agency, and depending on how we use that gift... will determine our gift in the next life. the choices we have in this life... are in three categories as President Monson so beautifully categorised. every decision we make determines our destiny, whether it determines our earthly destiny or Heavenly one, it will have a result. if we understand this fact, and realise we will be accountable before God for every action our integrity will increase. even when we are alone, we will understand that God is watching. we can look left and right for human pressure to do whats right, but must never forget to look up for that Godly pressure to choose what is right. i love the vision of the Tree of Life. i love it. how beautifully it illustrates to our mind the need to cling to the rod of iron. that iron will lead us down the straight and narrow path the we must follow and through the gate outlined by the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 31:17).
The chapter continues on and says that even after we are on the path, and have entered in the gate all in NOT done. we MUST pressforward with a steadfastness in Christ, feasting upon the words of Christ. as we are continually mindful of the path we are walking, and constantly looking for ways to improve our life through reading the Book of Mormon... we will stay on the path and never let go of the Iron Rod. it is increasingly hard to cling to the Iron Rod. the great and spacious building is no longer to the side... the Iron Rod runs straight through the great and spacious building. the world is all around us, and even in our homes. there are things that loosen our grip on the Iron Rod, that are acceptable to the world and even seem acceptable to members of the church. many times we don't realise the effect a choice is having on our grip or straight path, that it is causing us to deviate. therefore we must feast not only upon the Scriptures... but the words of our Prophet. modern day revelation tells us of the actions that loosen our grip, before we realize they are harmful. the prophet guides this church... oh how thankful i am for him... he is brilliant. the love he was able to express from the podium was undeniably pure and heartfelt.
i love you all so much. you bless my life with your love and support.
the work is progressing in dereham and norwich... i have faith that a baptism will happen before the end of this month. the Lord has prepared some to hear our message... and we must teach them now. help them realize that baptism is the first ordinance to align themselves with the path prepared for them. let us simplify our lives... focus on the important things. not the superfluous ones. we have been bought with a price... the Savior did suffer and die for us. He suffered so we don't have to suffer, but we must sacrifice. ah... the plan is beautiful, brilliant, and perfect. Jesus Christ has walked the perfect path. it is straight and narrow. it does not avoid trials, pain, temptation or joy. as we come unto him... he guides us. until the day when the path ends and we have followed it home. once home we will be together forever. i love my family.
p.s. sorry this was all spiritual and not a tons temporal. tell me what you want to hear about or i'll keep getting on my soap box.