Monday, December 13, 2010

Don't drink the water!

Had a not too bad week out here in Ashtabula. A couple of the days have been pretty snow filled but not really too bad. We got a lot of rain yesterday and most of the snow went away. If I go a little further down the state though there is tons and tons of snow. Met a wonderful member on Tuesday named George Johnson. He has his trials but he's in his seventy's and he's about as fit as a teenager and he does a lot of windsurfing and cool things like that. Wednesday was cool because we had a big meeting with our Zone. The mission is gonna be changing again but its all good. Met a nice retired Catholic Priest named Father King. He took us out to lunch. He's very humble and a wonderful person. At that lunch I had a pretty good sandwich that was like a grilled cheese with turkey and baked apples inside. It wasn't to bad of a sandwich. Sadly we're kinda needing to re-do our teaching pool which is a little lame but won't be to bad. We got dropped by an investigator yesterday and our other ones aren't really doing anything. But we've got some potentials that seem good. Erin came to church here again yesterday and is doing well, apparently in a week or so she's gonna be like right next to Palmyra which I thought was really cool. Tomorrow we get to have mission conference and sing in the Kirtland Temple (they slightly want us to re-enact some of the dedication) kinda cool. I'm pretty excited for that.
Anyway, if those pictures I sent could get shown around that would be cool.
Love You all.
This is kind of some food for thought. I was reading this this morning during personal study. They come from an old Seventy Elder F. Enzio Bushe. There is more of the talk on but this is the best part. But it's called Hitting the Mark if you wanna look it up.
Staying Close

There are only two elements that separate us from the Holy Spirit: first, our lack of desire to repent, and second, our lack of desire to forgive. Here is a list to help you stay close to the Spirit:

* Embrace each day, no matter how it looks, with an enthusiastic welcome.
* Steer your thoughts away from yourself and direct them, in gratitude and love, toward your Savior and your Heavenly Father. This will help you overcome fatigue, despair, and physical sickness.
* Choose to accept the challenges that must be part of life. They can draw you closer to Heavenly Father and make you stronger.
* Feed your own spirit. It needs constant nourishment.
* Sacrifice your selfishness. Meekness prepares you to receive the Spirit.
* Put all frustrations, hurt feelings, and grumblings into the perspective of your eternal hope.
* Pause to ponder the suffering Christ felt in the Garden of Gethsemane.
* Realize that Heavenly Father knows you are not perfect. He will give you comfort and suggestions of where to improve.
* Understand that your Father in Heaven knows better than you what you need. Listen, and follow the suggestions he makes, even the uncomfortable ones. Over time everything will fall into place.
* Fear the consequences of sin. Flee the very appearance of evil.
* Look into the eyes of those who are hard to love, long enough to see them as children of God.
* Forgive and you will be free again.
* Avoid pessimistic, negative, or criticizing thoughts. On the road toward salvation let questions arise, but never doubts.
* Avoid rush and haste and uncontrolled words. Divine light develops in places of peace and quiet.
* Serve with all your heart, might, mind, and strength.
* Be grateful for every opportunity to serve.
* Realize when you are asked to sacrifice that Heavenly Father wants to give you something better.

(*)<~Elder Sumsion

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