Monday, June 1, 2015

Week 97: As Sisters in...Utatlan?‏

Its a great day to be a Monson.
Honestly, when isn't it a great day to be a Monson?
With School out, a Sister Graduating with a bunch of scholarships (p.s. Happy birthday), a brother taking 2nd place on his computer programming championship, an older brother working hard in Sportsman's Warehouse and a pair of great parents who keep cheering us on.
...aren't you glad that Families can be Together Forever?
Today I am just honored to be a part of such a great group of people.
It's been a good week, a long week full of surprises and mistakes and miracles...which sounds like a day in the life of a Mormon missionary. We have been greatly blessed to be a witness to so much change in the excitement level of our zone. This past week the missionaries have risen to the challenge of bringing their areas to higher ground.

On Tuesday we had our change meeting. I was able to see a lot of great friends get going on their way home, Elder Walton, Hermana Diaz, Elder Hughes and many others left the mission practically empty and longing for more leadership. President Caffaro told us in the last mission council that it was time for everyone else to "step it up" and he was definitely right.
Our zone was officially deemed with the fitting title of "The Relief Society" because now we have 6 sister missionaries and 6 Elders here in the Stake. Among them are, Elder Taya and I in Castillo Lara, Elder Barker and Elder Galicia in Centro America, Hermana Bonilla and her "daughter" Hermana Artola in Kaminal Juyu, Elder Villanueva and Elder Mejia in Monte Verde I, Hermana Valdiva and Hermana Bazan in Monte Verde II and Hermana Garcia and Hermana Hernandez in Utatlan.
We've been invaded by the "Sisters in Zion."
But I would say that's a good thing!
Its kind of a small group, but I know that we are going to be able to do big things this change.
On Wednesday we had a Zone Council, which was run by my comp and I, we talked about contacting and the importance of being a "Flechon" or, "Exactly Obedient."
L. Tom Perry stated, "In Doctrine and Covenants 130 we read: “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— “And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:20–21). Surely there could not be any doctrine more strongly expressed in the scriptures than the Lord’s unchanging commandments and their connection to our happiness and well-being as individuals, as families, and as a society. There are moral absolutes. Disobedience to the Lord’s commandments will always deprive us of His blessings. These things do not change. In a world where the moral compass of society is faltering, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ never wavers, nor should its stakes and wards, its families, or its individual members. We must not pick and choose which commandments we think are important to keep but acknowledge all of God’s commandments. We must stand firm and steadfast, having perfect confidence in the Lord’s consistency and perfect trust in His promises.
If there is anything that I have learned in my mission I feel like obedience would be it....I have gained a testimony that, if we want blessings we have to obey, there is no way around it. The commandments are there to protect us and to help strengthen us. Our obedience shows our love for God and our willingness to love and aid others.
So, that was good.

Also, recognizing the passing away of L. Tom Perry, I was very sad to hear about his death. I know with all my heart that he was an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and that the gospel that he defended and preached is true. I know without a doubt that this is the only true and living church on the face of the earth, follow the council of the quorum of the 12 and the 1st presidency and the blessings will come...they will always come.
And always remember to "Clean the Corners." 
Have an awesome week....and a great start to the summer season!
-Elder Monson

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