Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We are a Peculiar people!

Hello again.  I am feeling a little bit better.  I'm not as tired anymore.  Of course I'm still tired because missionary work is a full time gig but its not overwhelming.  Don't worry about the Typhoons.  We have barely even had rain here.  We heard that it hit Zamboanga, really far from Luzon.  This week has been great.  Elder Franzuela is adjusting to missionary work; hopefully we will be able to do the best we can and move forward. 

So we have been really working on finding this week. I have really been striving to become more bold and loving this week.  I haven't been as bold as I should be, but I'm working on it.  I really do like being bold because if you aren't bold then nothing will happen.  We won't find people, we won't teach with power and authority, our investigators won't understand the importance of commitments and thus will not keep them.  So that is one of the many things I have been working on this week.  I think that we have had some success this week because of it.  We never get referrals but we had two referrals come out of the blue yesterday and now one has a baptismal date.

Our branch was reorganized yesterday.  The brother that fellowships with us the most out of the whole branch became the branch president.  I was so excited.  I had this spiritual conformation that this was the way to progress the work here in this area.  He is still super young and unsure of his abilities but his testimony is strong and he gets that missionary work is essential.  His story really shows that the gospel can change peoples lives.  I'm super excited for where this branch is going to go.

A topic I have been studying this week is what it means to be peculiar.  We are told that we are to be a peculiar people but the Hebrew word for peculiar is translated many different ways in the bible.  Look it up in the bible dictionary.  Think about how being peculiar can show others that we are living our faith.  Here is a quote from President George Albert Smith:
“Within the last year, I have had the privilege of meeting and conversing on the gospel with some men who live in this community [Salt Lake City], not members of our Church. One man had resided here for twenty years, a man whose life is above reproach, a good citizen, a splendid businessman, one who has kindly feelings towards our people. He told me that he had … come to the conclusion that we were just as good as our neighbors who are members of other churches; he could not see any difference in us. I want to say to you, my brethren and sisters, that is no compliment to me. If the gospel of Jesus Christ does not make me a better man, then I have not developed as I should, and if our neighbors not in this Church can live among us from year to year and see no evidence of the benefits that come from keeping the commandments of God in our lives, then there is need for reform in Israel. A member of the Church who is worthy of a temple recommend should always stand out in whatever professional circles he or she belongs to. Dare to be different. Never worry about offending others by living up to the standards of the Church. I promise you that living up to temple recommend standards will bless and never hurt you in any situation in which you may find yourself."

So think about what ways we can be peculiar in the many things that we do as members of this true church.

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