Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Come what may, and love it!‏  5/25/15

Sum up
I know that my Redeemer lives. This sentence only brings comfort if you learn to apply it personally into your own life.

The epistle

Hello all!

This week was a little slow but we had some deep discussions with our best friend James. He's asking questions about things I haven't even studied before so he is definitely challenging us and keeping us on our toes. Other than that not too much is new. The roads are still tiny, the sinks are too small to get your hands under the water, and Elder Hernandez makes us laugh every day. The stories he'll tell... so good! You can learn to smile through most of life's challenges if you have the right attitude. "Come what may, and love it!"

We are going to see some hill climb races today so I'm not going to have loads of time, but like always, I have a few thought I want to share with you.

Yesterday we were blessed with the opportunity to attend Les Camps Methodist church for their evening service. It was the anniversary of the day of Pentecost, when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2), which enabled them to start understanding the scriptures and to apply them. They began to more fully understand how the prophesies of the Messiah were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ and they declared it with boldness. When the masses of people felt the power of the Spirit they repented and three thousand people were baptised!

The main message that I gained from this service was about how amazing stories like this are great to hear, and can even build faith, but unless we each allow ourselves to have the Spirit to guide and direct us, we don't benefit individually. The Spirit can teach us all things. It testifies of truth, comforts, guides, and inspires. If that isn't enough we can read where the Saviour explains that His doctrine is from the Father. In John 7:17 the Master teaches how to know of a surety where the doctrine comes from. James E Talmage related a story from a chemistry student that helped me understand. He writes:

The writer was once approached by an incredulous student in college, who stated that he could not accept as true the published results of a certain chemical analysis, since the specified amounts of some of the ingredients were so infinitesimally small that he could not believe it possible to determine such minute quantities. The student was but a beginner in chemistry; and with his little knowledge he had undertaken to judge as to the possibilities of the science. He was told to do the things his instructor prescribed, and he should some day know for himself whether the results were true or false. In the senior year of his course, he received for laboratory analysis a portion of the very substance whose composition he had once questioned, with the skill attained by faithful devotion he successfully completed the analysis, and reported results similar to those, which in his inexperience he had thought impossible to obtain. He was manly enough to acknowledge as unfounded his earlier skepticism and rejoice in the fact that he had been able to demonstrate the truth for himself.

Just knowing that Jesus is the Son of God is not enough. You must remember all that He did for you and be changed by His grace. I read a recent talk from Elder Hamula that I appreciated. He helped me gain a deeper respect for the sacred ordinance of the sacrament, which we can receive weekly. He said:
Brothers and sisters, the most important event in time and eternity is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He who accomplished the Atonement has given us the ordinance of the sacrament to help us not only remember but also claim the blessings of this supreme act of grace. Regular and earnest participation in this sacred ordinance helps us continue to embrace and live the doctrine of Christ after baptism and thereby pursue and complete the process of sanctification. Indeed, the ordinance of the sacrament helps us faithfully endure to the end and receive the fulness of the Father in the same way Jesus did, grace for grace. (The Sacrament and the Atonement)

As we do so we are promised that we may have His Spirit to be with us, but it doesn't mean anything until you apply this to your own life. Make it personal. Remember all that your Saviour Jesus Christ did for you, apply the Atonement into your life daily, and enjoy having the great Comforter with you. I love being able to come to Christ. I am so grateful for all He has done for me personally. I am grateful for the people who challenge my testimony of Him so I can go back and strengthen it. He lives!


Elder Price