Hey all you beautiful people, how’s it goin?! OKAY. So today we had changes and I am wayyy beyond happy!! I am still in Calderon and my new comp is Hna Gonzalez. She came with me in the same group to ecuador and she is from the coast near Guayaquil. She is super great and hardworking and I am so excited to work these next 6 weeks with her. I know we are going to work really well together. 🙂
Sidenote, I am emailing in this little computer place and the guy in charge is blasting suuuuper ghetto music yelling “west side” and stuff and i cannot handle how ghetto it is. what’s worse is that it is in english. it’s horrid. anyway…
two weeks ago i forgot to mention that i got robbed..haha. they robbed thirty dollars, a copy of my passport, and a flashdrive. but that’s old news and all is well. haha.
After our district/zone meetings we always play some sort of game. One time we played teams and there is a balloon. there is one person on each side of the room on a chair with a pin to pop the balloon. your team has to pass the balloon over to them to pop it…but this week we played dodgeball. ghetto style. we bought rolls of toilet paper and wrapped them in packaging tape and used them as the balls. it was really fun buuuut my arm has been killing me ever since. hahaha. too hard..too hard.
Anyway, this week has really been a reflection week. I have learned so much on this mission and know with all my heart that even the hardest of times are the best of times for us. Through suffering, sacrifice, and patience we find spiritual and emotional growth, as well as a stronger relationship with God. When there is no one else to help you and all you have is God, that is when you truly find out who you are and what you need to change to become the person God has planned for you to be. When we put our will in line with God’s will, that is when we truly grow into who we are meant to be and become better, happier people. As Elder Alger said last week, “There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone” BUT IT IS NECESSARY.
We also had a really edifying zone meeting this last week about pride. I learned so much and the spirit was testifying so strongly during that meeting. I would like to share some of the notes I took because Pride is a topic that everyone should learn more about. A lot of times we don’t even realize we are being prideful. Pride is something that is really easy to recognize in others, but really hard to recognize in yourself. So pay close attention.
First of all, with pride comes feelings of hate, resentment, enemity, and jealosy. None of these feelings come from God, obviously so they will not make us feel good. Since we came from God, our souls are going to have an automatic attraction to good things; things that come from God. But if we are letting pride take over our lives, we will start to develope these feelings towards and for people. We will become more and more miserable, and we will not be happy in life.
This brings me to my next point. We may feel these things for other people, but these feelings can also be directed towards God if we are prideful. For example: You and your friend both get interviewed for the same job. Your friend gets the job and you envy them. That is a really normal situation and one might think that they are justified to feel that way. However, how would Jesus Christ react? He would congratulate the person, and keep searching diligently for a job until He found one. Because in reality, if you didn’t get the job, it was for a reason. There will be other opportunities in the future.
When we put our will in line with that of God, we will accept that we didn’t get the job. We will keep doing our part and search for a job, and when the opportunity comes up and God blesses us with a job we should thank Him. That is how a humble person would act. That is what Jesus Christ would do.
Pride starts with the comparison. When we begin comparing circumstances, people, financial status, and so on…we either become more prideful or more resentful. This is not healthy for our emotional, spiritual, or physical state. Nor is it healthy for our salvation. We cannot enter into the Kingdom of God being prideful. That is why in the Bible Christ pleads with the people so often to leave behind their pride and to “become as little children”.
Jesus Christ was crucified because of pride.
Pride literally limits our progression. Pay close attention to what I am about to explain. Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, right? Because He took upon Himself the sins of the world, we have the ABILITY to repent. He suffered to give us that ability in order to be pure before God and live with Him again. No impure thing can live in the presence of God, so we have to repent. As we repent, we change. We become cleaner, happier, and we put our will more in line with the will of God. Now, repenting is changing. If we do not change who we are in order to be more like God wants us to be, we are refusing the power of the Atonement, or Jesus’ sacrifice. We are also refusing the power of the Holy Ghost. As we repent, the Holy Ghost literally enters our hearts and heals and changes us. But if we don’t let Him enter our hearts, we will not change.
The elders who shared this meeting on pride share parts from Ezra Taft Benson’s talk “Beware of Pride” from General Conference of April 1989. In the talk President Benson says that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, no one is put higher or lower than anyone else. If they are humble, they simple move forward. If they are prideful, they move backward. So never think that because John Doe is Stake president or Jane Doe is Stake relief society president, that they are better than you. Again, you are comparing. Their position is not any better than yours. They are progressing with their faith and testimonies just as much as you are.
If we all focus on our own spiritual progression, without comparing ourselves to others, we will receive so many blessings. First, we will be happier. We will not hold grudges, spread rumours, talk badly about others, or feel bad about ourselves. We will have more friends, better relationships within the family, and we will be happier with who we are.
It’s hard to not be prideful. Being prideful is the easy way out, so look deeper and try harder to be more humble. That is how God expects us to be, because He put us on this Earth to be happy. If you are not happy, you are missing something. Go to God in prayer and find out what it is. Lose yourself in the Gospel and you will find yourself. If having love for others who have hurt you is something hard for you to do, then pray for it and ask for it. Of course, you have to do your part first, but God will be there helping you have love for others, I promise you that.
Last of all, I want to share the scripture 2 Nephi 25:23. This verse tells us that they labour diligently to help their children 1-believe in Christ and 2-be reconciled to God. Parents, are you doing this with your children? Be diligent in teaching them the ways of God and helping them truly be reconciled to God. Then the verse continues to say that we are only saved by grace AFTER we have done all that we can do. Believing in Christ is not enough to save you. Ever. You must act and follow the commandments of God. One of them being baptism. Through baptism and baptism only like the one Jesus Christ received, can we enter into the kingdom of God. We must be totally immersed in water, baptised by someone with the Priesthood of God, and be of an age where we truly know the difference between good and bad. Receive a baptism like that and follow the commandments of God until the day you die. Then. you. will. be. saved.
That’s all I have for you all this week! Strive to be humble, strive to love others, and do all that you can in order to come unto Christ and be saved. I love you all 🙂 Have a really great mother’s day and strengthen your testimony daily! 🙂 Love,
HAVE A GREAT WEEK! and shoutout to Elder Wesley Anderson for hitting his 1 year mark! Shoutout to Hermana Julia Dunne as well…HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUZ MISS AND LOVE YOU TONS.
yeah yeah….see y’all laytah