Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Spiritual Offense

This week went by pretty fast.  We taught Lynn and committed her to start reading from 3 Nephi 11, when Christ visits the Americas.  That's gotta be the most powerful account in the Book of Mormon, and if that doesn't hit you, read it again.  

Elder Flake and I have really been trying to build up the teaching pool through all different types of finding.  We decided to go tracting on Alma Street, with hopes for a #MiracleOnAlmaStreet.  There were a few potentials, including a Polish man who had met with the missionaries in Poland.  Unfortunately, we didn't get his number, so I keep praying we'll have a Best Two Years experience where he'll call during our companionship prayer.  

It's really interesting talking to all the different people you meet, and I've learned that yes, you do need to have faith to believe that God exists. However, you can exercise your faith, by saying a simple prayer (Alma 22:18) to know that God exists.  Often times, people will tell us that we can't actually know that God exists or that the Plan of Salvation is true, but I do testify that we can know, and there are people all around the world who also know that God exists and that His Church has been restored to the earth today.  

Yesterday, we had our Stake Conference Broadcast for the Australia - New Zealand Area, which was awesome.  I really enjoyed Brother Tad R. Callister's talk because he used a basketball analogy to teach about our spirituality. 

He said that often times we are simply playing defense against the adversary.  However, if all we ever do is play defense, the best outcome of the game will be a 0-0 tie.  We need to be active on offense as well.  We can do this by doing the simple things: daily scripture study, daily prayer, partaking of the sacrament and renewing our baptismal covenants.  By getting buckets (spiritual food) on offense, we can get ahead against the adversary as well as protecting the paint (home) so the opposition never will score.  Brother Callister focused on studying the Book of Mormon daily.  He shared something interesting: "You don't have to read the Book of Mormon every day.  You just have to read the Book of Mormon every day you eat".  

Elder Craig C. Christensen talked about the importance of the sacrament and how unique it is.  The sacrament is the only ordinance that occurs weekly and can be repeated for ourselves.  How incredible is that? 

The General Authorities and going back to the basics.  If we don't learn to dribble, how to shoot, and perfect our footwork, we will never be able to score.  In order to return to live with our Father in Heaven, the same principles apply.  And that is why they are stressing these small and simple things, because they are so important.  I testify that as we keep the Sabbath day holy, study the scriptures daily, and pray multiple times throughout the day, we will feel a difference in our lives. The Church is true.  There is a living Prophet today.  And He speaks exactly what Christ would say if He were here today.  

Ofa Lahi Atu,
Elder Muh 

- Philippians 1:23 
"For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:"
Paul teaches an interesting principle in Philippians chapter 1.  This life is great.  We are here to prepare for the next one and learn as much as we can in preparation.  However, there is so much more in store.  "He lives my mansion to prepare". 

Hoping for a miracle on Alma Street!

Alma 26 is a super solid chapter!

Auntie Lisa sent this birthday card with a legit definition of a missionary

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