Week #11 – So a Tornado Hit Monroe

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So a tornado hit monroe! It was crazy, the wind was super strong. West monroe got hit the worst, and the Garden District behind where we live (which is the closest area to west monroe) got hit pretty bad. We have at least 18 hours of service this week, lifting logs for days. It was a blast serving and cleaning up the streets, its amazing how blessed we are back home. The weeks are going by faster! So today, we get the chance to watch meet the mormons, Im excited for that hopefully its really good. Our Mission President is showing it to everyone in the chapels across the mission. I think it is really cool that the church put out a movie that entails getting to know how normal mormons actually are. So Elder Zwick of the Seventy said at our zone conference yesterday, that within the next 45-60 days we will have mini-ipads, which have restrictions so we cannot be disobedient with them, but have super legit apps, that allow us to keep track of our investigators, make reminders, and use mormon.org and lds.org
to help spread the gospel more effectively, by flooding the earth with uplifting messages. Zone conference was great, Elder Zwick of the Seventy and his wife are absolutely some of the best speakers i have ever heard, i felt the spirit insanely strong in that meeting. They talked about how we are called to one of the hardest missions, in the sense of tracting, because all we do is tract in this mission, how we can get members more involved, and how if we did not baptize one soul, the mission would be a success, if we left the missions completely converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They dissected the Book of Mormon, and they showed us how the Book of Mormon is a book about change in heart. Alma chapter 5 is by far now, one of my favorite chapters in the book of mormon. It is all about being humble enough to set aside pride, to acknowledge our dependence on the savior and then be able to ask ourselves if we can do better. And the answer always is yes, we CAN do better. Conversion is not a one time thing, it is a process that is diligent, takes humility, and takes effort. We must ask ourselves this, Alma 5:26, “… If ye have experienced a change in heart,and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”

If we measure our lives based upon this questions, every single day, taking it one day at a time, we will be converted. Conversion is not a easy task, but we must remember that it does not have to be a sad one either. Conversion leads us to happy, so BE HAPPY, immortality is full of trials and hardships that is what we are here for, But our Attitude will decide how we face that adversity, we MUST EXERT ALL OF OUR EFFORTS to have a GREAT ATTITUDE, PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE DOG GONIT! Discouragement is one of the greatest tools that the adversary has against us, do not get discouraged, do not get depressed. Remember, in order to be “illuminated by the light of the everlasting word” we must have a happy attitude. (alma 5;7) The Gospel of Jesus Christ is one of calling sinners to repentance, which entails all of us!!! We must do works of righteousness so we can be happy. ” I would say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that (last) day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say-Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth-and that he will save you? Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of god?” Alma 5:16-18. Dear friends, if you imagine yourselves being called forth having brought forth more evil than righteousness, change it. How is your heart? We must go to the Lord in faith everyday, asking for a change in heart, asking for help, asking to be humble and stripped of pride, and the change will come. I was named after Neal A. Maxwell one of the greatest apostles of all time, the writer and founder of Chapter 6th in preach my gospel. Which is, The Attributes of Christ. If we can humbly develop the attributes of Christ, we will be happy, and we will gain a personal relationship with Christ, and experience the joy that he feels. Pray always so that he can overcome temptation, pray for more faith, pray exerting all the energy of your soul, FAST, fast and pray that you may have more power in receiving an answer.

We can always ask ourselves this, Am I always willing to follow the Savior by doing what he does?

Loved ones, I love you all, whether I know you or not, But I want you to understand that The Gospel of Jesus Christ, is not a story, or some legend that has been fictitiously created out of whole cloth, it is not a figment of our imagination, it is not a feeling that can be created by the brain releasing a hormone. It is the pure love of Christ, that can be felt by all those who repent, and are baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority of god. We have this authority. I would ask you this,

Are you happy, and what is your happiness based upon?

If you answered yes to being happy great, and if you answered that your happiness is based upon the Actions that you have made to correctly fufill all the correct ordinances of the gospel, to put your life inline with Jesus Christs, than you are converted. But if you said you were happy, with where you are and that you dont need christ, or that you already know him even though you have not partaken or maybe even already have partaken and have fallen of the narrow path, i would say unto you, hypocrite. Repent and change it so that your happiness can last, if we are willing to change we will have the spirit, if we are not willing to change we will not have the spirit. Heavenly Father is merciful on our weaknesses, but if we are rebelling out of shear will power to do wrong, apply the following, stop it. It is that easy, change it and make your weakness a strength. Brothers and sisters, peace and happiness can be your constant companion if you change, make the change. I would ask you “can you feel so now?”

I speak by the way of command unto you that belong to the church, and unto those who do not belong to the church I speak by the way of invitation, saying; Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.
Alma 5: 62.

Oh dearest loved ones, Jesus Christ absolutely is, the Book Of Mormon cannot be rationalized out of existence, whether you believe it or not it is true, so come and see, find out for yourself, and if you already now, strengthen your foundation, that you may not be hewn down and cast into the fire at the last day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the church the Jesus Christ is the head of. He leads and guides this church by a modern day prophet, Amos 3;7. I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer, and that through diligent study, prayer , and fasting we can KNOW. Brothers and sisters we all must walk by faith, until we receive the witness of KNOWING. Dear brothers and sisters, if ye have no more that a desire to know let that desire work within you, and if ye Believe, continue to believe, until you know, and if you want to lean on my testimony do so, but hold on to the ground and belief that you have for it will always trump that of which you dont know, family and friends, I know that my redeemer lives, and what comfort this sweet sentence gives, I know that my redeemer lives.

In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Ps. Stay Schemin, study the scriptures everyday, pray

Love you all, and all is well.

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