Well this week was absolutely a long week!! Haha it was good but we hardly worked we were in so many places and its been fun and long and its a great thing -we have a great zone or else we would be working hard for no good reason haha but all is well in Zion as they say. we just are glad Zion is where we are haha. but it was awesome to travel Monday night to tuxtla to have a wonderful meeting with Pres. George our new Mission President. it was an awesome thing to see pres and sister George and their love they have for us. He says he is in over his head right now but he is very glad he can rely on us as his leaders. so ya and well Thursday we were with him all day as we had interviews and a welcome to the mission conference. it was awesome and well what a great man he is, it just makes you glad heavenly father can trust in simple men that can change the lives of everyone. so ya a great man and we look forward to working more with him. so ya.
Happy Fourth of July, late I know but i don't have computer privileges everyday!! haha I just wanted to say that I just about forgot what the fourth meant, sorry I'm here surrounded by people who aren't Americans haha. its a bit different not seeing the signs or preparing for the day, or going on a hike or boating early in the morning to stay up late and watch fireworks. here i just said happy fourth to the American travelers and ya that's about it. but thanks to the home of the free and the land of the brave we know that truths of the gospel. its interesting that a Book of Mormon hero, named Moroni knew this land would be free in his time. he knew it and taught it as he wrote the title of liberty.
"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.
And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land" (Alma 46:12-13)
"And he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent part, and crying with a loud voice, saying:
Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them."(Alma 46:19-20)
Wow what a great man a true hero. He knew what freedom was about and well he showed it and taught it as he said, "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" that's what freedom is about. its the freedom to choose to have peace to live our lives with the ones we love, its freedom to worship god. And this land was blessed by the prayer of Moroni, the founding fathers who came to the Americas where Christians looking for freedom. God knew through Moroni they would come and posses this land. god knew it and well so did Moroni as he praised mightily and well after showing this title to the people what did they do? "the people came running together with their armor girded about their loins, rending their garments in token, or as a covenant, that they would not forsake the Lord their God; or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God, or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ, the Lord should rend them even as they had rent their garments." (Alma 46:21) and they "they cast their garments at the feet of Moroni, saying: We covenant with our God" (Alma 46:22) those founding fathers did the same as they wrote the Declaration of Independence to proclaim their freedom from England. Isn't that interesting? as the Nephites declares Independence and their freedom and well they "hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed by the Nephites; and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites." (Alma 46:36) they put their standard and so did the founding fathers. “And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me."(D&C 98:5) " And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."(John 8:32) Knowing the truths will certainly make you free. because we live in a free land a young boy could have the question and could restore the truths upon the earth once again. So let freedom ring and let this be a day of a reckoning. because I'm proud to be an American and id gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today because there ain’t no doubt I love that land God Bless the USA. and may god bless each and every one of us! I'm so glad to be out here!!! let freedom ring!!!
Love you all!!
Elder Jaymes Monson