Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Week 58: Without the sacrament and the Savior we would have no chance of returning to our Father in Heaven.

Hello from Elder Davis!

We are starting the preparation phases for a Bible Enrichment Class held at the Church. We will start this class on October 8 and hopefully this will help us meet people in the community and allow them to feel the spirit of the church building and meet some of the members here in Marshall. We are super excited about this idea because neither one of us has actually done this before and it will be fun. We are going to base the lessons off of the New Testament Bible videos and will incorporate some of the information from the seminary manual on the New Testament.

We also found out how long it took to bike to the church. There are bike routes and trails all around Marshall so it is a lot easier to get around to places. We hope to be able to use these to learn the area better and also to save miles. It might be close to time we don't bike though because the weather is starting to cool down.

The food shelf continues to be a great contacting opportunity. We ran into a lady who had lived in Iowa next to the Elders. She has had some discussions with them before and hopefully will call us later. On one of our lunch appointments, sister Dennison made us egg rolls and pad Thai. It was very good. We also were able to teach her about the importance of scripture study. We left her with a quote from President Packer, "A study of the Doctrines of the Gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." She liked this because she majored in Philosophy and Psychology. We also have started texting a thought of the day to sister Gregerson who then posts it on Facebook. In this way we are able to help her spread the Gospel online. It is a great idea that she came up with.

We also helped the Gregersons mount a TV to their wall and ate dinner at their house. They asked us to try contacting some less-actives in the Granite Falls area so we did so before we ate. We also helped Sister Gregerson by giving her some suggestions on how to improve her studies and make them interesting to her.

Friday was Zone Training Meeting again. It was a great meeting. We had to take a big detour because US highway 14 was under construction and there was no detour. When we got there it was nice to see who had been transferred into our zone. Elder Perkins just got transferred to Huron so he is now in our zone. We had a great talk. The subject of ZTM was on how sacrament meeting was important. There was a lot of insight. President Joseph Fielding Smith said, "Sacrament meeting is the most sacred, the most holy, of all the meetings of the Church." Sacrament meeting is also the only meeting in the entire block of meetings that we get the opportunity to attend as families. By partaking of the Sacrament EACH WEEK we are renewing our covenants and being cleansed. Elder Oaks has pointed out that none of us has remained clean after we have been baptized we have all sinned since then. Thus without the sacrament and the Savior we would have no chance of returning to our Father in Heaven.

The best part of this week was church. We learned much about Sacrifice and how it helps us love people. We also had the opportunity of teaching the lesson in Elder's Quorum again. There were a lot of things that I needed to learn from church and I am glad that I was able to receive revelation on how to work better as a missionary and also how to improve myself and rely on Christ.

We met later in the day with Brother McDonald. He had doubts about whether the church was true. We showed him Preach my Gospel and he was very interested in it. He also listens to a lot of other preachers and watches many religious videos including his recent, "God's not Dead", "Heaven is for Real", and "Son of God".

It's been a great week. I love continuing to learn. I hope you have a great week as well.

With love,

Elder Davis

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