Saturday, November 19, 2016

Week 57 ~ August 22, 2016

Well this is going to be the last week that our investigator Monica, will be here in Mexico. It's crazy that on Saturday she'll be in Utah. And I'll still be here... Jaja. But it's OK. I'm just sad we won't be able to keep visiting her and I hope that everything goes amazingly well for her in the great state of Utah.

But that also leaves us with even fewer investigators. Right now we really only have two investigators that live in our area. We have a few more people that we teach but we teach them at work. They come to church with our ward and everything but they should really be baptized in the ward that they live in. But they all have a ton of things that keep them from getting baptized. 

So basically we're trying to focus on finding new people but it's hard in this area. We talk to people in the street, because we're not allowed to knock on doors, but most tell us no. And the few that tell us yes live in other areas. Our area is very wealthy and so the majority of the people who live there work all day and travel by car so it's not really likely that we would find them in the street. We've been trying to work more with the members but well I didn't exactly love giving references to the missionaries before I was one either. 

I have been thinking a lot about section 121 of D&C. I really love the whole section but I've been thinking a lot about the last 12 verses: 

 34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?

 35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—

 36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.

 37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.

 38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.

 39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

 40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.

 41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

 42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—

 43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

 44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.

 45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

 46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.

We all want miracles. We all hear about the blessing of obedience and we want them but we don't want to make the sacrifices necessary to obtain them. Becoming a "spiritual giant" is not a mysterious process. If we obey, it will happen. It's one of the things I have learned about the gospel. It's not a guessing game. God has told all of us from the start exactly how things work. We're the ones who are inconsistent. But with that also comes hope, confidence, that if we follow God's plan we will receive the blessings. How wonderful.

Well I love you all. Have a great week! 

Hermana Schmidt

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