Wednesday, March 6, 2013

T-minus 1 week!


Waiting to leave on a mission is kind of like life, or at least that's how it has felt for me.  I got my call clear back in November.  I was excited to see where I was going and when I would leave, what language I would speak.  When I found out I would be leaving in March my first thought was "wow, that's such a long wait, why can't it come faster I just want to leave!"  The first month slowly came and went, it felt like a year.  The next 3 months have gone by so quickly.  Don't get me wrong, I am excited to go but it just seems like it all just happened so fast.
In life, you are there in the per-mortal world (In the LDS church we know through modern-day revelation -communication from God-that we lived with God as intelligences before we came to this earth.) and you are waiting to see where you will go, what language you will speak, who you will be with and when you will go.  You get to earth and the first few years go by really slowly.  You just want to grow up.  You want to go out there and see the world, do things that you haven't done before.  Once you get older things seem to come and go so quickly and then it is time to go.  Time to leave this earth and begin a new journey.
I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord for 18 months of my life.  I happily dedicate that time to Him even though it means leaving family and friends and putting my life on hold for a bit.  I am so happy to do this because I know the church is true.  I know that God loves us and because He loves us he will not leave us a lone to figure out this life on our own.  Instead He not only sacrificed His son, our elder brother Jesus Christ so that we could repent and live with Him again but He has also given us prophets (people who are God's mouth piece on the earth) in this day and age.  This is the final dispensation (a period of time where at least one person contains the full priesthood-power and authority to act in God's name- on the earth) before the coming of Jesus Christ again to the earth.  This dispensation began when a 14 year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into the woods to pray.  When he prayed he saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.  They called him by name and God said, pointing to the other, "This is my beloved Son hear Him."  As Joseph listen he was told that all the churches at the time had parts of the truth but none had all of it.  There were always parts missing but that he would be the one to begin restoring the true church the church that is the same as the one that Jesus Christ established on the earth.  Later in another dream/vision, he received counsel of a book of golden plates hidden in a hill that he would eventually translate by the power of God to be the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  This book contains the record of the people in the Americas and is evidence that Jesus Christ did not just appear to the people in Jerusalem but also to the people of the Americas.  This book is not a substitution for the bible but rather another testament of Christ.  We are Christians.  We know that you must accept Christ into your life and allow Him to change you.  We also know that just faith is not enough to return to live with God.  There are steps that one must take, with proper Priesthood Authority, to return to live with God.  This is not because we believe that God can't do these things on His own but rather that it shows a dedication to God.  Christ had to be baptized, and so do we.  We know that nothing can be done without God help.  We know that God is our eternal Father in heaven and that He has a body of flesh and bones.  We also know that God and Christ are separate beings and that the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit is also a separate entity.  We know that we are lead and guided by a prophet of God similar to that of times of old like Moses and Noah and many others.  We love God.  We are Christans, and we are happy to share any information or answer any questions to the best of our abilities.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is perfect, it's members however are not.  If you go to lds.org or mormon.org you can also find out a lot of information about us.  Another great resource are the missionaries.  They are those guys in suits with black and white name tags, often riding bikes or walking around.  The are the women who are also wearing those black and white name tags who are wearing skirts and are modestly dressed. If you want to get in contact with the missionaries please go to http://mormon.org/missionaries/
   Thank you for reading.  I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.  Not because I grew up with it (although that is true) but because I have come to the knowledge for myself and I invite anyone and everyone to do the same.
God loves you, I love you, continue in the faith or start the search with faith and an open mind.

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