Funny how school gets a lot more intense when you make the goal to study scriptures and the Ensign longer and more thoughtfully.
I can make it. Two weeks.
And I will keep my goal of better gospel study habits.
So there, Satan. Take that.
D&C 68:6 (I kind of like this one as well a lot)
Alma 29:9 (I’m leaning towards this one)
I don’t know. Like should it be a scripture I really like? or a mission scripture? I don’t want it to be cliche, but cliches are cliche for a reason. I don’t know. My ward needs it as soon as possible, gah.
Alma 29:9 (and 10) has been my favorite for a long time and will probably be on my plaque, so that one gets my vote (if perhaps the peanut gallery’s votes count at all)
My friend looked up Mormon T-shirts, showed one to me that said “This is my P-day shirt”, and asked what it meant.
I found it funny, then got to explain a little about missionary daily life. And she kept asking questions, like how long they proselyte, and upon hearing 10am-9pm (according to Preach My Gospel), she was amazed at the sacrifice that they give.
As well as being a good missionary moment, I also had the chance to ponder about how amazing the missionaries are that are currently serving. I’d say when you see a missionary, give them a hug, but you should probably just shake their hand and thank them for their service.
Dear John (alias Elder Davis),
To introduce myself, my name is Elder Nebeker. I am writing on behalf of a mutual friend, her name is Karen Jackson. I have had the opportunity over the last little while, to become very well acquainted with her. She is as I am sure you will agree, a very special young lady. Karen has asked me to write and tell you about the latest commitment that she has made in her life. She just didn’t know how to tell you!
Over the past little while, Karen and I have developed a very special relationship with Christ, and with each other. We have united forces and faith, to help fulfill her desires and my goal. Two days after the birth of our Lord (April 8) I posed a question that will no doubt, change the path of her mortal probation. And eventually the state of her eternities.
It is a decision that came after much time and communion with our Heavenly Father. This major decision in her life will no doubt, bring much happiness to the three of us. I’m sure that you know of the covenant that is mentioned in the 132nd section of the Doctrine and Covenants where it says, ‘For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then ye are damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.’ Elder, now I hope that you don’t think that we have done this without you in mind. We have wondered how to tell you this for quite some time. So we just decided to stop beating around the bush and tell you. I’m sure that it shows in the letters. The commitment has been made, the date has been set, and we are going to go for it. We hope that we have your best wishes.
Elder, this is something that must happen to the best of us. I am sorry that it had to happen while you were out on your mission. But, I hope that this will not affect your missionary work in a negative way. Karen and I have been seeing each other 3 to 4 times a week. As we have met, we have had those special feelings that must come in order to make the decision that she has. Elder, I wish that I could tell you in person, I feel that this is the right thing for us to do. I am sure that as you pray to our Heavenly Father, you will also come to the knowledge and the conviction that what we are about to do is the will of our Heavenly Father.
I hope that you are not getting the wrong idea. We are already starting to prepare for the event. She has started to invite people to it. The date that we have set is May 13, 1982. This will be the day that Karen Jackson will become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Elder Davis, in other words she is going to be baptized a member of the church.
She is ready and more than willing. Maybe what I should do is to tell you a little bit of the background of what has been going on up here. On April 6, Karen called us here in the mission office and asked if she could take the missionary discussions. We said we would work her in. The very first night that we met with her the spirit was one of the Lord. That of truth and peace. She accepted the invitation to follow the Savior into the waters of baptism. Elder, you are very fortunate to have a girl like that. She will be ready and fully prepared to be yours for the eternities.
She will be baptized in your ward, and your father will perform the baptism. Elder Burk, another missionary that has been working with her will confirm her into the church. Congratulations on your diligence in the field. You have been a very effective and influential part of her life. I can see that she is very much in love with you and what you stand for. May this bring much happiness to your day, and may you find and share the blessings of this with a new investigator.
Buddies in the Gospel,
Elders Nebeker and Burk
P.S. Sorry for the Dear John on the front.
~The letter was received 2 days before her baptism. We were married 3 months after I returned home from the mission.
Excellent. This is simply brilliant.
Alright. I’ve decided to read Jesus the Christ. I also made the crazy goal to get it done by the time I’m heading home for Christmas on the 18th. That’s about 41 pages a day.
During the last two weeks and finals?
Bring it on.
Sister Scott has been called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Iquitos, Peru mission. She will teach the gospel in the Spanish language. She is to report to the MTC in March.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I somehow managed to get through this whole semester at BYU and only heard the term “fetch” for the first time today.
(Side note, I got lost on Deseret Book again.I have hundreds of dollars worth of books on my wishlist. Sigh.)
Hyrum W. Smith, Pain is Inevitable, Misery is Optional
He was quoting his father who had said this to him just before he left on his mission. I like it for that application, but I felt like one of you might need it for a general outlook on life.
Is it February 22nd yet?
February 22nd is currently one of my favorite days of the year.
(Hint: It’s 120 days before my 19th birthday.)
I feel like perhaps I get a little more stressed out about my calling than I should get. I mean, I can handle when things go wrong like last week, but it terrifies me to no end to have to contact three people a week for spotlights. Especially when they don’t respond to FB messages, and I’m forced to look up their numbers like a creeper and text them about it.