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17 Jun
Sorry I mispelled my name. My time was ending cuz the computer was reserved and I didn’t know if another computer was available. But alas! There was.
Yeah, so basically I’m stoked for this sunday and what the Lord has to say to me through His living prophets and Apostles. It’s gonna be the best day of my life. Especially because there’s a baptism before it, a wedding the day before, and a missionary farewell afterwards. Everything is fantastic.
This week I started coming to the realization of the stark truth of this statement by Elder Holland: “From the Bible we learn that ‘without Christ, ye can do nothing.’ I testify that that is God’s truth.” I had to take quite a few steps back and look at the bigger picture. The Lord truly is hastening his work, and he doesn’t have time for impatient, prideful, negative servants like me. So I figured I had to change. It’s so interesting that the things we hear the most in Church and in meetings and in the scriptures are the most important, and yet we give them the least attention. We get so caught up in the “tenets” as the Lord called them in Doc & Cov 19 that we forget the most important things. I see it every single day here: people work, eat, sleep, and they “have no time” left except for the occasional breaking of commandments. I was talking with my companion yesterday, trying to figure out why people don’t see the Gospel like we do. Why they see everything differently than we do, really. Why they don’t even want to know these things that are the absolute most important things they will ever come across in all of eternity. Why they don’t understand. They’re so distracted, they don’t even have time to think about why they do what they do. I’ll always remember an experience I had back with Elder Coffey in Bel 2 at East LA College. We were working the booth there, and Elder Coffey contacted a young woman there and asked her, “Have you ever thought about this question before?” Written on the mormon.org card he gave her was this question: “What is my purpose in life?” The poor young woman was completely speechless. She just stared at the card. It appeared as if she couldn’t do anything else.
Anyways, the conclusion was essentially that it was because we didn’t get it. When we talk to others, do we speak with the conviction and fervor that the Gospel of Jesus Christ merits? Do we show with our actions and example that we truly believe these things are true and that they have some measure of importance in our lives? This week, Alma’s question was brought to my mind: If ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask you: Can ye feel so now? If you cannot, I exhort you to com back into the loving arms of our Savior. He is waiting for you. And he loves you, as do I.
Elder Pickett
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