This week has been one of spiritual food. We had Zone Conference on Tuesday, and then we had our stake reorganised on Sunday. How amazing! I have learned much. Life is going really well. The computers in the Library are very iffy... and so I hope this works. Zone Conference was great, we had an Area 70 with us. His name is Elder Wright. He really inspired me to do more and be more. I want to be the missionary that you think I am. I hope even better than you think I am. My desires over the past six months have been the biggest changes that I've been able to see. I no longer want to baptise people because it is my purpose and it brings them joy. I want to baptise people so they can feel the effect of the Atonement, learn how to use it and apply it the rest of their lives so they can become life-long followers of the Saviour Jesus Christ. We have the clearest way on how to follow Jesus Christ. All other faiths can help people build faith, but never to the level that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ can do. We prepare people for Eternal Life, not just peace in this life. This is not something we do because it works for us or is easy.
Being a disciple of Christ is difficult and full of challenges... but in the end... it is the only true course. I want to be obedient, not just to be a good boy, and show others an example... I want to be obedient because it is the difference between a honorable missionary and a sacred missionary. I want to be obedient because I love God. I want to have nothing holding me back from success and happiness. I want to be clean so that the spirit can work through me and enlighten my life, and therefore all those around me. I want to stand as a witness of God at all times and places... even unto death. I want to be a humble, spirit lead missionary. Nothing else. I have a lot of work to do. The time is far spent, there is little remaining. There is much work to do... more than I can imagine. The Lord has in store for me wonderful things. I know it. Two things stuck out to me in the Stake Conference.
One, search out for and ponder on the One. Who is the One person you can help? Christ cared about the One. Who can you help? What can you do to make a difference in the life of someone else. Service is the core of this great work. What is holding us back from Christ?
Two, we must ask the Lord for the blessings He is will to give. Do not forget to ask for the things you desire most in life. I have forgotten to pray for baptisms. That is my purpose. I pray that the Lord's will, will be done. Forgetting oft that His will is fulfilled through my efforts. God answers prayers. I know it.
Next week is transfers. We shall see the Lord and what He has in store for me. Elder Paul doesn't want me to go, and I don't want to go because some of the greatest relationships of my life (i feel) have begun in Grays. I love the people here more than myself. They are fantastic.
Congrats chunk and em for your baby. Three years seems like a short time for me to be married and having children. Thanks for bringing reality crashing down on my world of peaceful, simple missionary labour. I love you all.