Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 70: So we got to crawl around in a space barely big enough to lay on our side

We played volleyball for the first time since the MTC on P-day. It was a lot of fun. I also was able to exercise my mind in a really great game of chess with Elder Harper. We were also able to go to lunch with Brother Rummel at the college. He then took us to the Tate Geological museum where we saw many fossils and also saw the largest on display wooly mammoth skeleton in North America. Later we also ran into someone on the street who told us to come back. He wasn't there when we returned, but his wife was and she readily accepted the Restoration and set a baptismal date of January 24th. This was very exciting! The Lord is blessing us with our efforts. Her name is Hanae (Hawn-nuh) and she is actually the daughter of the Reardon family who we are teaching as well.

We also had a very great Zone Training Meeting this Friday on how we could use the He is the Gift Christmas initiative to help further the work in our areas. There are many neat things to do on Christmas.mormon.org including links to I'm a Mormon videos and also ways to share the video with others. There is also a great link to the Christmas story which is a great way to learn and read about the Nativity. I would encourage everyone to go to this site and invite their family and friends to do so as well.
We had another great lesson with the Middleton family. Mosely said that he was "filled" when we came by. That is the term he used to explain learning by the spirit. He also knows the importance of praying to receive an answer. We taught the Plan of Salvation. He had questions about the 3 kingdoms because it was different than what he had always been taught. After showing him different references to the 3 kingdoms, he decided he'd pray about it.
On Saturday we helped Brother Atkinson place some insulation in the crawlspace below his sun deck. So we got to crawl around in a space barely big enough to lay on our side to whack the insulation with the stapler.
Sunday was great as always. I was able to see again the importance of the sacrament in renewing our covenants. I was also glad that I had prepared for the ordinance this week. I look forward to Sundays each week for the simple fact of partaking of the sacrament. It truly is the reason we go to church each week. The Christmas Devotional was also very good. I learned much from Elder D. Todd Christopherson's address on how Christ went below all things to succor us all and how we too must descend below at least some things to learn how to help one another in our trials that we face. It was inspiring to help me understand that in order to develop Christ like qualities we must have opportunities to not only serve others, but to learn from weaknesses and go through disappointing trials and tribulations. This is one reason Christ said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." We can have good cheer even in the midst of such trials. I have had another great week. I love sharing my experiences with each of you. I hope you all have a great week this week as well.

With love,
Elder Davis

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