Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Week 42 - The 5am Cow

Well Hello guess what... its Monday!!!

the 5am cow
I just love being a missionary!!! man what fun it is! Life is just so great!! this week was actually very good.  other than the neighbor our good friend and neighbor the cow who likes to go moo!!! at 5 am!!! its a good wake up call if you want to wake up at 5 am haha but for me 5 am means an hour and a half left of sleep. so at 5 am you might hear a little man, my companion, yelling at a cow!! its pretty funny. so ya just a little bit about our neighboring cow. So ya its pretty great.

But this week I would like to share something that was sent to me from my dad. Its a talk by Henry B. Eyring, Remembrance and Gratitude, General Conference October 1989. what a great talk. what a good thing to learn from him about gratitude. he tells us this, There is. A servant of God named King Benjamin taught it to his people and to us.
   He taught them that none of us is above another because we are all dust, to which God has given life and then sustained it. He described a fact which is true for every human being: unforgiven sin will bring us unending torment. And he described the gift we all have been offered: those whose faith in Jesus Christ leads them to repentance and forgiveness will live in never-ending happiness.
   King Benjamin’s teaching had a miraculous effect. Gratitude for what they had led to faith unto repentance. That led to forgiveness. That produced new gratitude. And then King Benjamin taught that, if we can remember and so remain grateful, we will retain a remission of our sins through all the losses and the gains of life. He taught it this way:
   “And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
   “And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.” (Mosiah 4:11–12.) What great counsel we learn from He teach us a lot about having the gratitude for what god has given us especially in prayer. he says this    The Holy Ghost brings back memories of what God has taught us. And one of the ways God teaches us is with his blessings; and so, if we choose to exercise faith, the Holy Ghost will bring God’s kindnesses to our remembrance.
   You could test that in prayer today. You could follow the command, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” (D&C 59:7.) President Benson suggested prayer as a time to do that. He said:
   “The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude. I presume most of us have not thought of that as a great sin. There is a great tendency for us in our prayers and in our pleadings with the Lord to ask for additional blessings. But sometimes I feel we need to devote more of our prayers to expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for blessings already received. We enjoy so much.” 
   I am a testament of this I have tried it and wow I could have prayed for the whole night for the things I am grateful for. Each day as I am finishing the day I think of what god has blessed me with today and well I can tell you that sometimes I have no idea how I can express my gratitude more than getting down on my knees and thanking my Creator for the things that he has blessed me with because there are a lot of things. he continues with this.  "You can choose to remember the greatest gift of all. Next week, you can go to a meeting where the sacrament is administered. You will hear the words, “Always remember him.” You can pledge to do that, and the Holy Ghost will help you. President Marion G. Romney talked about the gift we will be helped to remember. He said: “We should be thankful and express appreciation for all favors received—and surely we receive many. The chief objects of our gratitude, however, should be, and are, God, our Heavenly Father, and his son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. We need to always always always remember the sacrifice he has given for us. what a great blessing to be a part of his church and to partake of the sacrament to always remember him and to tank him for the things he has given us. and well what better way than to use the gift of gratitude. its probably the first thing we learn as kids to always say please and to say thank you. now if we are saying that to the people around us then why not do the same to our father in heaven? What a great gift we have the divine gift of gratitude. 

Well at this time I would like to thank everyone for being you. haha sorry i was just expressing my gratitude. but life is good here and well we will see how this week goes we should have a baptism this week a good old man who always says wow this church is beautiful and the feeling too! what a great guy and well he has to be in the church the correct church because well his name is Abraham haha.

going on "splits" with branch members

 Well I hope you all have a great day its just a great day to be a missionary the Field is white not physically but spiritually, there are people ready for us! 

Well love you all!!!!

Elder Jaymes Monson

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