Monday, April 20, 2015

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The Downfall of Us All ‏  4/20/15

Guernsey is an interesting place. It is a pretty traditional island where people don't like to change or they're loaded and in finance. Either way, pride is a major obstacle. I have heard multiple stories of people here that gladly received the word but then due to social pressures decided not to get baptised. People are just comfortable the way they are and they fear the reproach of men more than God.

In the New Testament there is a man named Jarius who was a religious leader who seemed to believe in Jesus. Although Jarius believed, I think he had to be humbled before he admitted it. When his daughter was dying then he came to Jesus to seek help. After he is humble and trusts Jesus he shows great faith and patience. He received news that his daughter has died and Jesus seems to be distracted by someone who touched his clothing. Jarius continues to wait because he knows that she can be raised from the dead. I don't know if he would've chosen to be humble enough to accept Jesus as the Christ had this not happened.

Here on the island there are four elders and under 70 thousand people. A lot of them know who we are. We find other ways to try and reach them and soften their hearts. We offer service to everyone. We volunteer weekly at a charity shop and every other week at a Christian cafe run by a local minister. We've been able to paint for people a lot as well.

One really cool thing missionaries have been involved with here for a while is BBC Guernsey Radio. Over the last week we taught the third lesson, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, over the radio. We got five two minute spots each weekday and then on Sunday we were able to present a 12 minute message with some songs mixed in. That was pretty fun to go record at their studio.

Hopefully we will see good fruit come from some of these efforts or God will have to send a hurricane to humble these people. Pride is damning in the sense that it separates us from God and it limits our progression. If I think I am at the top of the world I won't be trying to improve. Not only are the people of Guernsey proud though. I will shorten a few verses in Helaman. Chapter 4 verses 11-13:

" was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God... And it was because of the pride of their hearts... And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength..."

The proud are ignorant because they cannot see their own shortcomings. There is no reason to dwell on all of our imperfections but instead recognise that they are there. Then have faith that anything is possible through Christ and His infinite Atonement. Paul plainly writes, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

In the talk Beware of Pride President Benson warned:

God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble. Alma said, “Blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble.” (Alma 32:16.)

Exercise faith, trust in the Lord, and enjoy the blessings that follow. Once while we were skiing I was bragging it was almost the end of the day and I hadn't fallen once. Eric Mattingley told me, "If you're not falling you're not learning." I learned it is okay to fall if we get back up. Just like Elder Uchdorf, "You can do it now!"

I love you!  Elder Price