New Companion, Easter’s a’Comin’!, PoS – Part 2.5

April 14, 2014

Hey hey hey!

I hope I find everyone in good spirits this fine day! I know I am! Update on transfers: I got a new companion, Sister Hall, from Clearfield, Utah! And oh my goodness do I love this sister! She’s wonderful, she’s smart, she’s quiet, but she’s a bundle of fun! She’s kind of like me… I hope that doesn’t sound conceited… Ah well. She’s fantastic! We’ve got some fabulous plans on how to make this area even better and find more people to teach and bring closer to Christ. It’s gonna be a GREAT transfer!

Second item of business is this link:
http://easter.mormon.org/

It’s great. Click on it, or type it in the address bar and watch the video(s), read the message, share it with EVERYONE! It’s a wonderful message that everyone needs to hear. Seeing as Easter is just next week, it’s the perfect thing to flood Facebook (or other social media pages) with this week. 🙂 Whether you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a faithful member of your own church, not really interested in organized religion, or even just not sure about God, this is a message just for you of who our Savior is and what He is all about. Watch it, read it, share it, LOVE IT!

Alrighty: This week was full of craziness. I spent Tuesday in Brewer with Sister Cowley (fellow sister from Colorado!) waiting for both of our new companions. Then on Wednesday, our district meeting was in Belfast… The complete opposite direction of where we needed to be in the afternoon (Ellsworth). So that day was spent with a lot of driving. THEN on Thursday, we drove for an hour and a half down to Augusta for a Sister’s Conference (just for the sister missionaries in the eastern half of the mission). Which was awesome! There was a lot of laughter, especially at lunch. Why? A couple reasons. 1) I SAW MY MOM!!!! …. Not my real mom. My missionary mom! Sister Buxton! I was really happy to see her and laugh about memories we have from serving six months together. It was great! She’s dying this transfer (going home) though so I’ll have to wait a little while to see her again. 😛 and 2) President Stoker… I REALLY wish I’d gotten a picture of this, but sadly, I’m not sure anyone did. We were doing a group picture when he jokingly lays down on his side in front of all the sisters. Funniest. Thing. Ever. 

Anyway. Yesterday, Izzy FINALLY came to church!!!!! Which means, she can be baptized! Well, she’s got to come two more times, but still! She came and it was great. Oh also, let me describe to you our wake-up call yesterday.

Imagine yourself laying in bed, just starting to come to. It’s 6.19 when you hear a beep, which means someone is either calling or you got a text. Since the alarm hasn’t gone off yet, you ignore it. At 6.30, the alarm goes off and you check the phone. There’s a voicemail from the Branch Secretary, so you listen to it, thinking there might be a message about Branch Council being cancelled or something similar.

“Hey Sisters. I’m sorry to ask you this and it was horribly poor planning on my part, but can you both speak in church today? I thought I had some other things lined up, but I got my weeks mixed up. Give me a call, or let me know at Branch Council! Thanks!”

-.-  <—Sister Hall and I both looked like that, I’m sure. Church starts at 9.30. He gave us all of three hours notice for that. COOL! Honestly, though, I don’t mind speaking in church, so we both decided it was fine. Interestingly enough, we both spoke about the Atonement. We didn’t talk about it. I don’t think either of us knew what the other was planning to speak on. So someone needed to hear about the Atonement at church. It was really cool. I’m really grateful for how much we study and prepare lessons so that if we are asked to speak with such short notice, we can and it goes fairly well! 🙂

Okay. I’ll continue with my thoughts on the Plan of Salvation. Last time, I’d talked about having an interview with God and how this life is a time for us to prepare for that. Have you thought about how you need to prepare? I hope so! That’s something each of us needs to constantly be thinking about.

Imagine that you make a mistake in life, a mistake that the person interviewing you would find out about and it could put the job you’re hoping to get at risk. There’s no way to erase it. It’s there forever. Because of this mistake, you might be out of a job. What do you do? What do you say? How do you explain it? Do you plead with the interviewer to just give you a chance? Do you beg him to forgive what you’ve done and let it go?  What happens?

Now imagine that this mistake CAN be erased. You make the mistake, and in your preparation to be interviewed, you have the chance to erase what you’ve done. Would you erase it, or would you wait until you were in the interview to try to get it erased? 

What is the eraser?

It’s the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s main purpose in life was to perform the Atonement, to pay for our sins. Heavenly Father is a just God. That means that the ends of the law need to be answered somehow. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and break the law, whether accidentally or on purpose, at some point in our lives. Without the Savior, we would be the ones to pay that price, which means there would be no possible way to gain eternal life. We’re taught that no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God (1 Nephi 10:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Without repentance, we can’t be cleansed. 2 Nephi 2:6-7 says: “Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.”

So we can have our mistakes erased, or paid for through the Atonement of Christ. He is our advocate; He is the one who goes before the Father and pleads for us to receive eternal life. But there’s something we need to do. The Father has asked a price to be paid for our sins, and Christ is willing to pay that price. He’s already gone through what is required to pay the price. In all senses, the price is already paid and there is no debt to the Father. But because Christ is the one who paid it, He is the one who we need to repay. His price covers the resurrection and salvation – all will receive a perfect, immortal body and all will live in a kingdom of glory, but unless we pay the price that Christ has asked of us, we won’t live in the kingdom that He and the Father live in. 
So what is that price? 

Jesus Christ has given us His gospel – Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and enduring to the end. That is His price – that we do our best to have faith in Him and Heavenly Father. That we repent, or change, to become better and more like Him. That we are baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the proper authority, and after we’ve done all that… We keep doing it. We change our ways to love and serve others. And we never stop striving to be perfect. We never stop trying to change our natural human ways. We always look to God and do our best to show our love for Him and His Son. If we have an open, willing, broken heart and a contrite spirit, we can do it. If we learn to submit our will to His, just as Christ did, we can do it. Whatever we do, if we have faith and trust in the Lord, He will help us to achieve our goals. God’s ultimate goal is to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39) All They want is for us to live with Them again. They’re not asking us to do much, really. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. And it’s 200% worth it.

In addition to checking out the above link, I’d like you to study Matthew 26:37-44. Luke 22:42-44, Luke 23:34, Mark 14:33-36, Mark 15:34, and Alma 7:11-13. What do those scriptures mean to you, for you? How have those verses changed your life? What did Christ go through just for you? How was He feeling? How would you feel in His position? What are you now going to do to pay the price that Christ has asked of you?

I know the Atonement of Christ is real. I use it all the time to gain more strength every day. I use it to change. I use it to be better. You can, too. The Savior loves you and knows you. He wants the price He paid to cover anything you’ve done. You have to let Him. You have to open the door that He is knocking on. Let Him in. Let Him heal you. Let Him forgive and erase what you have done, so that when you stand in your interview with Heavenly Father, He can say that the price He paid includes you. 

I love you all. Thank you for your love and support. Keep striving to be like Christ. Blessings and miracles come from it. 🙂

Love,
Sister Mayle

Week 12: Conference and Transfers!

Hello hello!                                                                                           4.7.14

Did everyone watch conference? Think about your interview with God and how to prepare? How about daily scripture study and prayer? Individually? With family? I hope your answer was YES! to all of these! If not….. Well, the blessings are still waiting for you. You’ve still got time to do it all. Just make it a habit now! 🙂

First of all: Transfers are here again! I will be staying for my third (already!?!) transfer in Ellsworth, but Sister Bickel will be leaving and I will still be serving as junior companion. Stay tuned to find out who my next companion is! I’ll find out tomorrow! 😀

Because of conference, I’ll continue with the Plan of Salvation next week.

So General Conference was…. MIND-BLOWING! As usual. It gets better and better every time! My favorite session was probably yesterday afternoon, but ALL of it was absolutely wicked fantastic! If you go to lds.org, you can watch it all! I love to watch and listen, take notes and think of ways to apply it as I watch, but I am super excited for it to come in the Ensign next month so I can read and study it even more! I learned a TON and can’t wait to test it all out. There were so many things that were addressed: Love, service, God’s laws never change no matter what man’s laws do, obedience, gratitude, making sure our focus is on what the Lord needs us to do not the world, prayer, scripture study, family, TRUTH, etc etc. SO. MANY. THINGS. I’m pumped and ready to go and do as the prophets and apostles (meaning the Lord since He truly is the one in charge) have commanded (1 Nephi 3:7)! Here’s just a few highlights… Haha! A few…. Kind of a lot, because I can’t pick favorites easily:

Elder Holland: Be strong. Live the Gospel. Faithfully defend your beliefs.

Elder Rasband: Service prepares us to value and love what the Lord loves.

Elder Andersen: Everyone deserves our kindness and consideration – love everyone, not just those that love you, too. In the gospel of Christ, there is NO place for bullying, bigotry and ridicule.

Powerful Protections against spiritual whirlwinds: Repentance, Book of Mormon, Standing in holy places

President Eyring: The Lord is in charge – let Him be the leader of your family.

Elder Nelson: Truth is truth. It is not able to be separated from itself. Whether you find it scientifically or through revelation, it is still truth. Wrong is NEVER right, even when popular. Disobedience cannot be justified. Let us have the courage to stand and not compromise. All men have fears, but those who face their fears with faith also have courage.

Elder Hales: Faithful, mature obedience is motivated by true love for our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Choose to do what is right and let the consequences follow – why are we disobedient, particularly when we understand? Because we love Satan more than we love God.

Elder Zwick: Let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth. A soft answer turneth away wrath. Even when your words might be rational and correct, speaking them with anger, judgment, etc will make them wrong. Speak with compassion, humility, patience, kindness.

Elder Cook: Family commitments and expectation should be at the top of our priority list!

President Uchtdorf: Grief comes to all of us. How can we get through it? BE GRATEFUL. Gratitude brings faith and follows the example of Christ: Not my will, but Thine be done. Having the attitude of gratitude makes things easier when they don’t go our way. Being grateful doesn’t mean being pleased with what’s happening. It doesn’t mean we understand, but brings hope that one day we will. Gratitude is the beginning to ALL Christ-like attributes.

Elder Ballard: This is Christ’s church. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. NOT the Mormon church or the LDS church. 

Elder Bednar: While we need weight to help us gain traction and get going on the path Home, we need to make sure we are not weighted down by too many things that will distract us from things that truly matter. 

President Monson: Love is the very essence of the Gospel – The Savior ALWAYS eminated love, even as He died – Forgive them, for they know not what they do. Every person we encounter is someone God has given to us to show love. In order to keep the commandments, we need to love. Forgiveness needs to go hand in hand with love – blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.

Elder Perry: We must be willing to completely alter our course when the Lord tells us to. We must teach our spirits and bodies to work together. Obedience is an emblem of our faith – Strong proactive obedience is how we qualify ourselves for the powers of heaven. It is a choice.

Elder Corbridge: Whenever truth is revealed, there is always opposition. Look at ALL of the evidence. Not just a piece. Then do as Joseph Smith did – Ask God. That is the pattern to know the truth of all things.

Elder Teh: There is no end to what the world has to offer, so we must learn to recognize when we have enough. We need to find more treasures of God than treasures of the world. –> Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, but lay up yourselves treasures in heaven.

Elder Aidukaitis: (My favorite because I couldn’t help but think that if Tyler was next to me, he would have been leaning over to whisper what was just said, imitating quite hilariously Elder Aidukaitis’ awesome accent. Seriously. You HAVE to listen to this one, especially if you know Tyler well!) In the kingdom of God, the truth is revered and treasured, and we are taught by God Himself to obtain truth – Obtain it by observing the fruits (by their fruits ye shall know them), experimenting on the word ourselves, and personal revelation (prayer and scripture study)

Elder Christofferson: (Also listen to this one, or look it up when it’s printed on lds.org, because I just wanted to write every word that he said. Particularly this next quote, which is not even half as good as it was when he said it since I wasn’t able to write the whole thing down. It’s still amazing, though!) Because Christ was resurrected, He had to have been a God. Therefore, what He taught was true, because God cannot lie. Many believe, many doubt, but some know. But eventually, all will know. Fact: He is risen!

Well, if that didn’t wet your appetite to watch/listen/read conference, I don’t know what will. But I know, truly, that the men and women that spoke this weekend are called of God to serve in His kingdom here on Earth. I know that President Monson IS the prophet, a wonderful servant of God who loves the Lord and loves each one of us as He does. He spoke the word of God this weekend, as did the others who taught us. All of this came from divine inspiration and personal revelation of what is needed for us to be guided in these latter days. There is no time for procrastination. We need to listen and heed these words NOW, because that is how we will come to Judgment Day ready and prepared to meet our Savior and say that we did our very best to be like Him. And that’s why we need a prophet – to guide us and help us stay on the path that Heavenly Father has chosen for us. Without one, we’d have quite the difficult time finding our way through this crazy insane world. Think about it: How would YOU benefit, how would YOU learn and change and progress if you KNEW there was a prophet, like Adam, Moses, Abraham, and Noah of old on the Earth today to do what they did in Biblical times? What would you do differently? 

I’m telling you now: There IS a prophet on the Earth today. He directs us and his direction comes straight from God. These are the Lord’s words, what He needs and wants us to do. I know it from the very core of my existence that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet. In the words of Joseph Smith: “I know it. I know that God knows it. And I cannot deny it.” Nor do I want to. 

Love,

Sister Mayle