May 5, 2014
Hey hey hey!
I hope to find you all doing well and enjoying life! I hope this week was fabulous for everyone! And I surely hope that you’ve seen many blessings and miracles this week!
Not much happened this week for us. Same old, same old. April is gone, which means we’re done with the crazy meetings schedule. We taught a few lessons that went pretty well, but we’re still looking for new people to teach who have been prepared and are really ready to find this Gospel. We always are looking, but that’s our main focus right now. Luckily, we’ve received some awesome referrals that look pretty promising and we’re hoping to contact those this week so we can get to teaching them! It’ll be awesome!
So we had Stake Conference this weekend and boy oh boy was it full of awesome things! Elder Olson of the Quorum of the 70 was there. The three main things that were talked about were Missionary work, temple work and family history. The Lord is hastening His work in many different ways and we need to step up and do our part in all of them! Take the time you spend on the computer (like Facebook time, surfing the net, whatever else you do on there) or watching TV to do family history work! Find out who your families are! Find those stories about what their lives were like! Family history/Geneology is AWESOME! Or if you don’t want to do that, go out and share what you know about God. EVERYONE needs to hear about Jesus Christ and what He can do, what He has done for them. Everyone can benefit – ONLY benefit – from learning about Jesus Christ. 🙂
Peepers. Peepers are also called tree frogs. And they are LOUD. I have a video, but you’ll just have to wait 7 1/2 more months to hear it. Haha!
Plan of Salvation Part 3.5:
Last week I very briefly went over the Spirit world – Paradise and Prison. One more thought on that: Alma 34:34 – “Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.”
We can’t wait to repent, to change and become better. We have to strive to be more Christ-like NOW. We’re not automatically going to change just because we die and have good desires. Our personalities will be the same. Think about it now: Have you ever had an experience in your life where you had a big change coming up, a move, marriage, children, etc, where you thought “Oh, I really want to incorporate this in my life, but it’ll be easier once I move/I’m married/have children.” It’s the same principle. If you don’t work to change NOW, you’re still going to be the same later.
This morning as I was studying about this, figuring out what scriptures to share, I found some pretty awesome ones.
Alma 11:42-45 talks about the resurrection. The resurrection is something that EVERYONE will experience. Because Jesus Christ overcame death, we have that free gift to have our bodies and spirits reunited forever, never to be separated again. Those verses say:
“Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.”
Now as you read this next verse, think about yourself, or someone you know who is disabled in any way, physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever. Think of what the resurrection means to you personally.
“The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
Now read that again and this time, think of what it would feel like for you to stand in front of God RIGHT NOW. Would you be ready to say “I did all I could. I know I did.”? Or would you like more time?
Read on, again thinking of resurrection, then judgment.
“Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
“Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption.”
In Revelation 20:12, 1 Samuel 16:7, and Matthew 7:1-2, it talks about how we are judged – according to works AND our hearts. How do you judge others? Is it righteous? How does judging someone else help you be uplifted, or them? Would you like God to judge you the way you judge?
James 2:17-26 is an awesome passage and talks about how if we don’t have faith AND works together, neither of them work. I also believe you can substitute the word faith for desires. They have to work together. Why is it important that we are judged by faith (desires) AND by works? How come we can’t be judged just by faith/desires? Or just by works? Think about it. Would you want to be judged by just one or the other? (You can’t choose which one to be judged by. If you answer no to either one of them, then think about if you would be judged by that one). So how would you change yourself now to be comfortable being judged by either one? How would you change yourself now to be comfortable being judged by both?
Glories/Kingdoms – After Judgment:
What happens after we’re judged? Most people might say heaven or hell. But there’s really three choices. With heaven or hell, there’s those people who are good and those who are bad. But what about those who are in between? What happens to them? Do they have a place? YES!
I know that this is all true. We will be resurrected – receive a PERFECT body. Nothing will be wrong with it and it will be wonderful. I know that we are judged according to our works and desires – we need to be sure to incorporate the “Golden Rule” and treat others the way we want to be treated, the way we want God to treat us.
I know the Plan of Salvation is from God and it is our roadmap to salvation. We have all the tools we need to get back to live with Him again and it truly is amazing that Heavenly Father loves us enough to give that to us. He wants us to be back with Him. But it is our choice whether or not we follow the Plan.
I’m out of time. So I’ll finish up next week. I love each of you and am so grateful for your love and support! 🙂