Monday, January 18, 2016

Week # 17

This week was a little slow, not too many appointments, but not many people at home either.  It's weeks like these that can be discouraging: not very many lessons taught and no fruits to show from your efforts.  However, it is also during these weeks that you need to focus on the little things.  

Alma 37:6 describes this perfectly in saying that by small and simple things, great things shall come to pass.  Heaps of appointments won't happen all at once.  It is only by the small and simple things that we can build up our teaching pool in order for something great to come to pass.  

Yesterday, our sacrament meeting talks were focused on some of the small and simple commandments that are sometimes overlooked: dress and appearance as well as Sabbath day observance.  The Apostles have really been making a push on keeping the Sabbath day holy, and I've tried to ponder about how I could truly make the Sabbath a delight as a missionary.  

I'll be honest, sometimes every day feels like a Sunday: we get up, put on our white shirts and ties, and study the scriptures. Unlike members of the church, for missionaries, Sunday isn't a day of rest, making it almost feel like any other day.  However, it's the Lord's day.  And it is the day that we can begin to feel joy in our labors when we see those we teach attend Sacrament Meeting.   

For those of you who can use the Sabbath as a day of rest, I invite you to do so.  Spend as much time as you can with your family.  I'm pretty sure every missionary says this, but I wish I spent more time doing my homework earlier in the weekend, so that on Sunday, I could watch a church movie or play games with my family.  

The Lord blesses those who keep His commandments.  As we learned in General Conference, He gives us these commandments because He loves us.  By keeping them, we can show our love for Him.  

May He continue to pour out blessings through His great love as you do so,
Elder Muh

- Acts 2:38
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
Throughout the scriptures, we learn that God commands us to repent and be baptized.  And this is the Gospel!

Taronga Zoo:  This is what kangaroos really do all day

Got up only to dig another hole and lay down again

On the way to the zoo we saw this in the sky

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