Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:13:28 +0200 Subject: Re: this week
So exciting news!! I was able to finish reading the book of mormon last week on like wednesday and have started reading the book of mormon again and also i have started to read the Doctrine and covenants for my first time!! It was really shocking to me how wicked and evil the lords chosen people got over time. Like i was to the point of being confused because they believed in Christ for three hundred plus years, Then they let a little pride creep in and it totally overthrew their entire civilization. Its probably a reminder to us in these days that if we are wicked then they Lord will either humble us through his almighty power or he will send something our way to utterly destroy us off the face of the land. I dont want either of these things to happen to me so ill keep the commandments. Haha its sad how simple they are to keep, once you are committed, yet there are people in the world who take the ten commandements as the ten creative suggestions. Again, truly saddening.
In reading the book of mormon again ive decided to mark everything that has to pertain to any of the three figures in the godhead. Its actually started to open my eyes to how much The B.O.M. talks about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I was reading in a student manual about the book of mormon and it said that there were 6.000 something verses and that it has over 3,000 references to christ! its pretty spectacular to me to hear that people claim to have read the B.O.M. and say that it says nothing about Christ and that we as a church are non-christian. If people would only open their eyes and soften their hearts they would see on the Very cover of the book the words Jesus Christ. Its craziness.
My companion and i had a pretty good week. It rained quite a bit again, but im actually starting to love it. Like it gets hot in the afternoon and then around three or four the rain clouds come in and start to pour. It doesn’t rain very much until the evening time, but the lightning and thunder are sometimes pretty terrifying. Thats one thing i absolutely love is seeing the lightning strikes even though they get pretty close and very loud.
Also yesterday I was able to stand in the circle to confirm the investigator whom we baptized last week. It was truly a great experience being able to feel the spirit and to know that this young man is well on his way to becoming a very strong and steadfast member in the ward. Hes even been able to bring his non member mother to church two weeks in a row! I was able to ask her the question if this meant that she was coming forever and she said “yes!” Its a very wonderful thing to view when you can start to see the changes that someone is making in their life. And its even better if Someone that they love has already given them the initial push into studying the gospel. We told him a few weeks ago that since he was getting baptized ahead of his mom, he could receive the priesthood and then baptize his mother! Haha he told us “Oh man… she would love that way too much!” Haha it was pretty great.
Also ive been told to ask at what time you want me to make the call home. They want to start making a schedule for all the elders phone calls home but i think ive neglected to ask in previous emails. Please correlate with the whole family because i would like to be able to see and talk with everyone who is available. So yeah!! PLease just let me know and then i can let the couples know.
Well… i just want to say that i love you all very much and am looking forward to the call home. I hope you all have a good week!!
Elder Seth Payne