Monday, November 3, 2014

11.3.2014

The Halfway Point...!

Hey everyone!
     
Wow, can you believe I´m almost to my half-way mark???? Because I sure can´t! But, first things first.........all things must be done in order.......HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This month is such a special one it´s birthday time for you. I´d really like to celebrate this happy day with you! Zippety-aye and heidy-ho there´s something I can do. I´ll sing a song that you sure know, happy birthday to you! You´ll have a birthday shout hooray, I want to sing to you today! One year older and wiser too, happy birthday to you!!!!! :D
     
Well this week has been an interesting one. Interesting, in a way that I am trying to figure out how to resolve a problem we have in committing people to coming to church. As I was thinking and discussing with my companion on what we should do differently, it made me reflect what it really means to keep the Sabbath day holy. There is so much reverence we need to commit to doing when Sunday comes--we don´t do chores, we don´t play sports or recreational activities, we don´t shop, we don´t work, and if we listen to music or watch a movie, it is only in direct connection with the church--nothing else. It is a bit difficult to get investigators, or even members to understand this commandment. It´s such a simple, yet grand commandment we have been given. 
     
This commandment of keeping the Sabbath day holy is mentioned in the scriptures more than any other commandment. Many people here think it is a punishment, or a burden to keep this commandment--many think it´s so much to sacrifice to go to church, when really it´s quite the opposite. The Lord has promised us blessings that are not numbered even among the sand and the stars when we not only keep His commandments--but when we do them with sincerity, and true intent. I´m thinking to myself, "Why do I keep the commandments? What is my motivation to keep them?" The answer really isn´t at all complicated. I keep them because I love God. I want to honor Him, I love Him, and I want to do everything I can to follow His plan. I have seen countless times how the Lord has blessed me when I do what He asks. 

In The Book of Mormon it describes obedience as an indescribable, and eternal state of happiness, in all things temporal and spiritual. Now, who doesn´t want that? I will do better this week at committing people to coming to church, and help show them what the blessings are if they choose to do the right.
I love all of you and have such a great first week of November, yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Love, Hermana Stephenson!