August 25, 2014
Seat belts, everyone! It feels like time is moving at warp speed now a days. You know the saying time flies when you're having fun?" well. Time goes inter-galactic-light-speed (reference-to-star-wars) when you're teaching the gospel. Wait, was that star trek? I don't know, I've been out of the world for too long to remember. (pun, pun.)
This week our lessons were pretty through-the-roof. We are gaining popularity here in the urban town of San Bernardino. We have people giving us dinner every single night of the week, and an investigator who insists on serving us lunch at least 4 times a week. Que Bendicion! (Translation: What a blessing!) We really believe that we are receiving blessings for our obedience.
For all of you who are not familiar with the ins and outs of missions, there's this little thing affectionately known as the "missionary handbook." It has all rules meticulously mentioned and covers everything from "arise at 6:30 A.M." to "stay within sight and sound of your companion." The first time I read the handbook I took a figurative (and possible literal, I don't know, it's been a while) step backward. “Whoa! Missionaries have a lot of rules!” Time and time again our leaders emphasize the importance of being "exactly obedient." For example, not getting up at 6:31. Not leaving our companion even for a minute.
From the outside looking in, this may seem ridiculous or unnecessary. But the principle is that the Lord blesses us for our obedience. If we are exactly obedient we get all the blessings, and use our short time here on the mission wisely. If we let "little" things slide, we cheat ourselves of the blessings and growth we could have received. Being obedient we become people of character, discipline, and integrity.
The commandments that God gives us are like our "human handbook." if we abide by the principles and are "exactly obedient" we are safe and able to feel the Holy Ghost. If we let the "little things" slide, we turn into people we wish we hadn't become.
I urge you to be "exactly obedient" in the things of the Lord. Read your scriptures EVERY day. Pray SINCERELY. Keep the Sabbath day holy ALL day. I promise that the sacrifices are small, and the blessings are great.
I love this gospel of Jesus Christ with all my heart!
A happy frozen yogurt moment!