-all of the earlier leaders in all of the other dispensations, although they new they wouldnt succeed, labored anyway, because they knew that in this day, our day, we would.
- the second coming started in the spring of 1820
-when moroni speaks at the end of his life, he is talking to us here in the present day, because he didnt have anyone else around to talk to.
-missionary work is real life, with a capital R L (he was talking about missionaries who get home, and say well im done with that time to start "real life")
-if you only have one convert, then it had better be you
-no organization in the world, would put it's future in the hands of a bunch of 18-20 year olds, except the true and everlasting god.
- we're gonna teach the missionaries first and then let them teach. (talking about first presidency when they were making preach my gospel)
- preach MY gospel. it's the saviors gospel, do it HIS way.
- obedience to the rules gives you the spirit, and you cant teach without the spirit
- no phrase is more common in the BOM than, "they taught with power and authority" you cant have that unless you have the spirit, and you cant have the spirit unless you follow the simple rules.
-all of the things we want for our investigators, and what we want them to do, god wants us to do: read the scriptures more, god wants us to do that more. pray more, well he wants us to pray more to.
mosiah 27 :11-13, 17-19
-go out, and astonish people. nephi and lehi did it, the angel did it with alma, and the sons of mosiah.
- the root in astonish, is a word which means thunder. to astonish means to speak with thunder, get peoples attention.
-obey mission rules, strive to have the spirit with you, and you are succeeding.
jeffrey r Holland bore a powerful testimony in his talk, and there was part of it, where i was literally in tears because i felt such a strong spirit from his words. after the devotional. we had a testimony meeting in the Thomas S Monson building, (all the buildings here are named after the prophets, the monson building is the main one) with our whole zone, because the father district was leaving. this isnt an official thing in the ccm, its kind of a little tradition within our zone. anyway only the father district bears their testimonies at these, because they are the ones leaving. they bore some pretty powerful testimonies, and they will be amazing missionaries. after that, we watched finding faith in christ, and only a stonecutter, both of which are awesome films. and in finding faith in christ, during the part where the savior is healing all of the people, i was teared up. ive seen the movie like a billion times before, but never before had i realized why it was soo powerful. after the movies we said goodbye to the districts that were leaving, and we sang para siempre dios estay con voz. god be with you till we meet again in the english hymnal.monday was pretty much a normal day cept elder swensen, was feelin crappy so he went home after dinner. i went with him because of the compañerismo rule, so while he was sleeping, i had a couple hours to kill. i did some house keeping. first time in three weeks it felt good. haahaha that monday, the 24th, marked exactly three weeks from our last day in the ccm. and yesterday, wednesday, marked exactly three weeks that we have been here its crazy how fast time goes by. anyway there is one thing i wont miss about this place, and that is that, every once in a while the air here smells like poop. literal poop. like theres a big turd hanging in the air right in front of your nose. its not very pleasant. anyway, the other thing i did on monday, was read the sermon on the mount, in matt 5-7 its so amazing what those three chapters encompass. the savior literally lays out a map for what you need to do in this life. so amazing. on tuesday swensen woke up with his allergys buggin him, so we stayed in a bit late, but after a bit of breakfast, and some allergy medicine, he was ready to start the day.it was pretty good, we had progressing investigator where we taught our "investigator" (he was one of our maestros just playing the part. but they do an excellent job) and we had a good lesson with him. tuesday night was pizza night, and we had good pizza, and then there was a devotional after. the brother that spoke was one fo the seventy and i dont remember his name. but the devotional was in spanish, and in an attempt to learn more spanish, i didnt use the translator earphones, so i didnt understand all of it. i caught like every other word, but didnt entirely get his meaning. i did feel a sweet spirit though. wednesday, yesterday, was much less than interesting. swensen woke up and already knew that it wasnt gonna be a good day. he was having it out with his allergies, and his stoamach was givin him some trouble, so we ended up stayin home the whole day, and as it turns out i was a little sick too so i stayed with him. by dinner time i was feelin good, and he felf a bit better so we went and had dinner. whew weell, theres the scoop for the week enjoy!
This picture below is Elder Wardell's zone in the Mexico MTC