Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are we feeling the spirit every day, even for a moment?

So August is half way over.  When did that happen?  This week has been awesome.  We didn't have a lot of work because Elder Dionisio has still been recovering and I had a leadership meeting in Ilagan so that took almost a whole day but there have been other blessings this week.  
So on Wednesday we had our leadership meeting.  It was really good.  President Rahlf was a seminary teacher back in the day so he just lays open the scriptures super simply.  He gave a scriptural thought from one of Paul's epistles and it was amazing.  I decided that I am super interested in Paul but I didn't know a lot about him.  I found two New Testament seminary guides and have been tearing through the works of Paul.  I have learned so much!  This week has been the best personal study of my mission.  At night after nightly planning, before bed I try to get through a chapter of Paul.  Friday night I woke up at 4 am and couldn't get back to sleep so opened up The Bible and got through a couple chapters.  I love it.  I found one scripture that really hit me.  It is Acts 21:13.  At this time Paul wanted to go back to Jerusalem but his associates were trying to dissuade him because the ruling body was planning to prosecute and possibly kill him.  A man by the name of Agabus prophesied to him that if he would return to Jerusalem all of this would come to pass. This was Paul's response to them. "Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."  Paul illustrated a very powerful lesson in this short verse.  Through his actions he testified that he was willing to do whatever it took to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  He was willing to give up his lifestyle as part of the Sanhedrin, he was willing to give up any personal time that he might have had to serve three missions, he was willing to give up his fortune to live the law of consecration (assuming that he had a fortune, as a ruler in Israel), and lastly he was willing to give his life to seal his life and testimony of the risen lord in his blood.  As people striving to become disciples of Jesus Christ, what are we willing to give up?

Another exciting thing that happened this week is that I had my first baptismal interview as a district leader.  It went really well.  She really has a testimony of the restored gospel.  It was really fun just being able to talk to her and ask her why she wanted to become a member.  

We have quarterly interviews with President tomorrow.  I really enjoy interviews with President.  We just get to talk and I always feel spiritually uplifted afterwards.  That's another self-analyzing question that we can ask our self on a daily basis.  Are we feeling the spirit every day, even for a moment?  It is awesome when it happens consistently.   

Thank you all for your letters.  I enjoyed reading all of them. 

I love you all!
Elder Cousin

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