Traveling Preacher 5/11/15
-become like a child
-bury your weapons of rebellion
Hello all! This week was full of excitement. The missionaries here in
Guernsey changed, we got iPads, and
there was a couple of holidays. Saturday was Liberation Day, celebrating 70
years of freedom from the Nazi occupation. There were a lot of festivities that
were fun but not exactly the most productive for missionaries. Elder Sharpe
compare to the event to Clinton Days because it didn't seem like too much if
you are used to big celebrations, but it was a big deal for a small island. My
favourite part was the parade. Once I tried to understand how big of a
celebration and how meaningful that was to these people that made a big
difference. 70 years ago kids that had been evacuated for five years were able
to return to their families. As we watched school children dressed up to
remember this important event and we were able to contemplate how joyful of an
experience that must be. It made me reflect and appreciate my freedom.
Additionally, there were so many cool classic British cars from the 40s and 50s
that aren't in the states like Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and MG.
They had loads of military jeeps, helicopters and motor cycles. They even had
someone to impersonate Winston Churchill.
Once upon a time when I was home I didn't want to be the missionary that was just preaching and quoting scripture is the entire time he was emailing, but then when it becomes everything you do and you realise how important this is, I stopped caring about if I'm preaching too much. The scriptures are the word of God and there is and anything more important that you can learn about.
My thought today comes mostly from the book of Matthew chapter 18. This chapter is in the last week before Jesus' crucifixion and he is still telling the disciples characteristics they need to be saved. As they start to understand they are nearing this crucial moment in time they start to ponder where they will sit in the kingdom of heaven. Verses one through three read:
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
I noticed in verse three that Jesus is telling the disciples to be converted. You would think they have already been converted but conversion is an ongoing process (see BD Conversion). In order to become converted, you have to be like a child.
There are three main things that I will do to become more childlike. The first is having genuine humility, which is being able to be taught. The second thing I think of is how when children believe something they don't doubt one bit. The last thing, Town children are willing to sacrifice anything to get what they want. I don't mean this in a bad way but that if eternal life is our goal, than we should be willing to make whatever changes are necessary in order to obtain the reward. Versus seven through nine explain this in a dramatic way. In these verses "offences" are sinful acts or acts of rebellion that we cling onto.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Shoot! It's better to have one eye and then have two leading you to hell? He is not recommending we literally treat our bodies like cadavers, but to get rid of what influences us to do evil. See
24: 17-19 for my favourite example. Alma
Sorry if I have emailed anything very similar recently, but apparently it has struck me pretty hard. So bury your weapons of rebellion! Haha! I love you!
PS if there are any capitalisation errors or grammar errors that is because I am speaking through Siri who is typing. Hopefully this will save time so I can write even longer emails… Ha ha as if we need that.