Monday, October 13, 2014

Total Obedience!

How can I share my gifts?
We all have gifts; it's up to us to find out what they are and share them.
Every person is different and has a contribution to make.  To Kuha'o, music isn't just a talent, but a gift that sets people free, inspires, and uplifts.  God knows what our gifts are because He gave them to us.  If we ask Him, He will let us know what talent we can share to bless others.  As we develop these talents, we will recognize opportunities that God provides us to serve others with those gifts.

"...for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God."
- D&C 46:11

This week was a good week. We had an assignment from the bishopric to plan and write up a document about how we plan to implement the training plan into the ward. They enjoyed the presentation we shared in ward council, and want to implement it effectively into the ward, but they had a lot of questions, thus they asked us to write up our goals and how it will all work. We had to take some time out of proselyting to do so, but it is almost finished and will be emailed to the bishopric before p-day is over. We are very excited by the willingness of the ward, and have great hopes for the future as this starts to kick off!

We watched a lot of general conference with T__ as she missed it on the weekend, which was really good. She seemed to enjoy it a lot.

I don't know if you remember the video, but Elder Alambra and I about 6 weeks ago had the lesson for gospel principles, which was on honesty. While studying in the morning, we decided to rid ourselves of every dishonest act. I actually promised Heavenly Father that I would be honest always, essentially made a covenant with him. That includes white lies, as well as lies in joking or in jokes. We have really seen the blessings from it! Well, this Sunday we again had the gospel principles lesson. We sat down in companionship study yesterday morning and discussed/wondered if we would make as big of a commitment, and what the results might be. We then opened up the gospel principles manual to the chapter and discovered what the topic was. It was...Obedience! We both looked up at each other and just went Augh!!! that's too hard. We were discussing it as we studied and decided that we would rid ourselves from every disobedient act, including all white handbook rules, even the ones that seem small. ( I haven't been really disobedient or anything, I just don't want you to think I am a terrible missionary, but there are a few things) Some of the things that will have to change are sending the video journals to you. Technically the amazon cloud drive website is not authorized by the church, so we called the zone leaders to ask if we could get authorization so that I can continue sending them to you. They said they would have to ask and would get back to us, so if you don't get them this week, there is still a possibility that we can continue, but if not you will know by next week. Also, we had to ask about Prezi (we used it for the presentation we show members, and hope to use it for lessons when we get i-pads) and a google app that we used to convert general conference talks so we can watch them with investigators who don't have internet or mp4 capability. So we have a lot of improvement to do and sacrifices will have to be made, but it will bring blessings.

Missionary work IS fun! It is getting even better now though! The ward is about to catch fire with the new system. As far as the Finding ideas, our biggest problem is the rain! Many of the finding ideas we already have figured out will not work in the rain. The hot chocolate one needs rain though, so we just have to find more winter ones

This apple was given to us it is bigger then my fist.

 I found some very deep principles, that completely resolve all issues with why Christ drank wine, and we don't, but it is too much for most people, especially those who aren't members. The easiest way to approach a non-member who asks that question is probably to explain that the word of wisdom actually permits wine in the sacramental ordinance, but that we use water today because it was revealed to Joseph Smith that enemies of the church were poisoning the wine they would have bought. The Lord gave them two options at this point. 
1) Make your own wine
2) Use something in replacement
I don't know why, but they chose the second. Some benefits however are: it is much easier, it resolved confusion about the word of wisdom in the future (the change from wine to water happened before the word of wisdom), and it is cheaper. The Lord authorized the use of any substance in the use of the sacrament as long as the saints were able to keep the spirit of the sacrament (hence the reason why we don't use chocolate, as much meaning could be lost because we are distracted by it tasting wonderful)
However, they may still argue that Christ didn't just use wine in the sacrament. This is hard to resolve, simply because it takes a bit of explaining. Although Jesus drank wine, John the baptist did not. He didn't because he was called to prepare the way for Christ. He was what is referred to in the old testament as a Nazerite. The Nazerites gave up a lot of things for a period of time to serve the Lord (a bit like Missionaries today) Among those things was wine. (At the end of their service period, the ritual to be released included the shaving of their head and a drinking of a little wine, after that they could then do all the things that they had given up for that period of time. It really is similar to a mission now days! By the way, Sampson was a Nazerite, the only difference was that he was meant to do it all his life, but he fell when his hair was cut) 
John the baptist was a called to be a nazerite before birth, and was to be one his whole life. Thus his entire life was devoted to preparing the way for the coming of the savior. And one thing he gave up, was wine. 
Similarly, in these latter-days, a core belief of our religion is that we are called to prepare the way for the coming of the savior...The 2nd time. Therefore, in a similar way, we are not to partake of wine, and also give up many other things...for our whole lives. 

As for the currency in England, coins are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2 and then the have notes(bills) of £5, £10, and £20, they also have a £50 note, but they are pretty rare, I have only seen one so far. (p stands for pence which is the same as cents in the states)  

I love you all, and hope you enjoy another great week! Sorry, no videos today, but who knows. 

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