How many of us are grateful for the opposition that comes into our lives? I have been thinking a lot about this week about the choice of being happy. The choice of letting Christ influence our lives in every single aspect. I could be frustrated because we haven't baptized yet. I could be down because it's cold and rainy and just downright dreary almost every day. I could have a really bad attitude because of a lot of things! But what good does that do? Paul teaches such an important lesson about the trials in this life in His epistle to the Corinthians:
2 Cor. 12:7-10
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
He was beaten with rods. He was stones. And yet, he gloried in my infirmities, because he knew that the power of Christ is manifest in us when we are going through hard times. I don't know if I'm at the point yet, where I feel like I'll pray for trials. But wow I am so grateful for everything that I have experienced. The good and the bad. It's interesting how it's a lot easier to pinpoint the hardest times in our lives. I truly believe it's because those are the times when we learned the most! One of the APs was giving a training at zone conference this week and he said something that really struck me. He said something along the lines of..."I imagine Paul saying this every time he has a trial...'YES! I SHIPWRECKED! Now that means I can use the Atonement! Booyah!'" Wow, not going to lie, that struck me to the center! How many people have that attitude? maybe like 0.0001% of the population. And we aren't perfect, but we need to be striving to be at that point! And the coolest part is that Heavenly Father doesn't expect anything more than us trying our hardest. It's so wonderful. Okay, the fact that this email is spaced all weird and I cannot figure out how to change it is REALLY getting on my nerves. Hope all of you wonderful people don't get too annoyed by it haha sorry bout it.
Enough preaching! This week was so much fun! We had Zone Conference, which is always a blast! Sister Orr and I got to do an example role-play in front of our whole zone! so scary, but so much fun! it's all about improving our contacting, so it's definitely important to role-play. I'll probably role-play for the rest of my life for every single situation that I encounter so as to be ready. Highly recommend role-playing in everyday life it's a great tool!
If anyone is looking for an interesting study, study Mosiah 13 and the Law of Moses in the Bible Dictionary. And then go to all of the references and footnotes in the Bible and BOM for the Law of Moses and you will find some really cool things!
Love all of you so much! Have a fantastic week, and don't forget that Saturday is always Seattle Saturday and it's a day of miracles! Look for and embrace the beauty in others. Every single person is loved equally by God. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
She didn't send any pictures this week, but I'll be sure to ask her to send some for next week!!