Monday, March 24, 2014

Week 78: Officially out 18 months this week

What a week!!! That’s all I can say lots of success 36 lessons with investigators and we will just keep going higher and higher, its such a blessing to Be obedient to the commandments God has given us!

This week I have been studying about exactly that obedience to Gods commands. It marks like the 25th time I have read about it but this time I read in the bible dictionary and topical guide. The thing about obedience is the will power we have to obey. Like Nephi, "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I Will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." (1 Nephi 3:7) Nephi’s will power is amazing!! It helped him be successful in all the things the Lord put in front of him. It says in Doctrine and Covenants 82:10 “I, the Lord, am abound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." if we follow the Lord we are blessed its just that. its the will and the want to be obedient to the commands God gives. Its not a once in a while thing but its a constant daily habit. Elder Perry says “The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living and wholesome lives builds an armor around you of protection and safety from the temptations that beset you as you proceed through mortality.”  Our mission president, Pres. Cardenas, is always telling us to be obedient and the blessings come automatically. And its true, its really really true! The thing is that we aren't 100% obedient its usually 96 or 85 depends on the day but we are definitely blessed. But it’s the will power to do it. Its like wake boarding. On a wake board there are lines or groves that you should follow you can go left or right foot forward it doesn't matter but you can not go with both feet foreword because it hurts let me tell you I have done it and it leaves you with a bloody nose. If you follow the grove you feel good and it makes a nice ride. Now we can apply that in our lives if we follow the "groove" the lord has placed we will have a great ride through life and we will be blessed. The Lord has put this great ride now we should ride in it haha,   There is a Law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
 “And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D&C 130:20-21) but it’s your choice if you want to live within the bounds God has set or no. We do have our own agency, our agency. Each choice you and I make is a test of our agency—whether we choose to be obedient or disobedient to the commandments of God is actually a choice between “liberty and eternal life” and “captivity and death.” This fundamental doctrine is clearly taught in 2 Nephi, the second chapter: “Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself” (2 Nephi 2:27). We are free to chose if you like falling face first on a wake board or not. If you do maybe check the amount of brains cells you have because they aren’t few from the amount of time you can fall.  "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”.

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)  " And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments." (D&C 59:21) We need to obedient to every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Elder Perry says,"God reveals to His prophets that there are moral absolutes. Sin will always be sin. Disobedience to the Lord’s commandments will always deprive us of His blessings. The world changes constantly and dramatically, but God, His commandments, and promised blessings do not change. They are immutable and unchanging. Men and women receive their agency as a gift from God, but their liberty and, in turn, their eternal happiness come from obedience to His laws. As Alma counseled his errant son Corianton, “Wickedness never was happiness” (Alma 41:10)." I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity”, (alma 34:33) The first law under heaven is the obedience when we are obedient we are blessed. Now let us be the warriors of truth and right as the 2000 stripling warriors were in the Book of Mormon. Our Father in Heaven needs men who are obedient to ever command. I remember playing lots of soccer in my 20 years and well I remember always having my dad on the side coaching me and my mom screaming cheering at me on from the sidelines. But I remember my dad many times at halftimes as we came in feeling down from the first half score sometimes. He would tell us how great we were doing and he would ask us how our will power was. He told us, "guys the score is 0-0 the first half is in the books now if we have the will power we can win the second half." the truth is we won almost all of those second halves, it was awesome to get rebooted for another half of soccer as we worked like we were starting. Its like in life what we have done is the past its what we will do. The Lord knows us and wants to bless us “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18) We can all change and make the "second half" better than the first. I love this work and well. Be obedient! Its a law after all!!

Love you all!!!!
Elder Jaymes Monson

My area is a jungle... we find spiders all the time here
RAIN everyday, so today we took picture when it was not raining.
"This is Chusi she is the daughter of our home owner she gave us ties and a tie pin that was cool she is awesome she makes us food and its just so good to have her there because she is always helping us and well she is awesome!!"
"This is Ruben who I helped teach and be baptized back in November while I was in Tuxtla.  He came to my new area to see me!  He is awesome.  He and his family are looking forward to going to the temple at the end of the year." 

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