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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This week has been crazy with both good and bad things. It was a really hard day on Wednesday and I will be sending home my journal today in a package so those who know my parents or contact my parents can hear about some things that are a little more personal that I would rather not have online. Thursday was really great though! We had a Zone Conference (the last one for President and Sister Jergensen). I had interviews with President Jergensen and we talked about some of the trials that have been happening but also about applying the Atonement into the situation. I hadn't ever really thought of it before Thursday that the Atonement is what makes trials easier and worth it.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the word Atonement it all goes back to our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. Life began with our Father in Heaven, most refer to Him as God. He created our spirits. We lived with Him and things were great but we had come to a point where we could no longer progress. He created a plan in which we would come to this place called Earth and go through things that were hard, things that hurt, but also things that were wonderful and would bring us joy. When we came to the Earth we would receive bodies of flesh and blood that were created after the image of God. We would be placed into family units that would support us, that, if we relied on the Lord, would help us to eventually return to live with our Heavenly Father again. The one stipulation to this plan was that in order to return to live with our Heavenly Father, we would need to be clean and pure, without sin, without spot so that we could return to His presence. This wasn't possible without a Savior. Jesus Christ volunteered to do Heavenly Father's will. He volunteered to come to earth, not sin, and still suffer for all of our sins, pains, sicknesses, everything. He did so in the Garden of Gethsemane and it continued on as He hung on the cross at Calvary. It was there that He felt the ultimate pain of Heavenly Father's spirit leaving Him without direction and without any feeling of hope when He stated, "My God My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46 in the New Testament of the Bible). Through this atonement, He, Jesus Christ, made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and missteps. He made it possible for us to be cleansed from that and through this atonement, we can return to live with our Father in Heaven.
Everyone here on earth chose this plan. They had to in order to receive a body. Often times, the premortal life is not something that we remember, however, parts of it can be brought to our remembrance. When we teach people about the Plan of Salvation, when we teach about the Restoration, or Gospel of Jesus Christ, or any of the things that we as missionaries teach, it is not new information. It is information that through time, will be brought to their remembrance through the Holy Ghost.
During Zone Conference we talked about the hastening of the work and about the importance of being a righteous representative of Jesus Christ as a missionary. We talked about the atonement and about repentance. We talked about a lot of things but the most important thing to me was not something that was talked about as a group but something that was very personal and came to me through the Holy Ghost. I have been called to succeed and not to fail. Jesus Christ did not just come to earth to give us the directions to go back to our Father but rather, He came to the earth so that He personally can bring us back to the Father. In order for Him to bring us back, He has to be coming with us. He is here, He is with us and He will help us every step of the way, we just have to ask for the help. He is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6). He is there with us and He will always be there for us, every step of the way, especially when times get hard.
Anyway, I love you all! It has been rainy and stormy all week but I am safe and things are going well. Feel free to write me at any time.
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