Thursday, September 17, 2015

Week 3 Down!

Exerpt from The Living Christ..."Such then is the need of a Redeemer, for without Him mankind would forever remain in a fallen state, and as to hope of eternal progression would be inevitably lost. The mortal probation is provided as an opportunity for advancement; but so great are the difficulties and the dangers, so strong is the influence of evil in the world, and so weak is man in resistance thereto, that without the aid of a power above that of humanity no soul would find its way back to God from whom it came. The need of a Redeemer lies in the inability of man to raise himself from the temporal to the spiritual plane, from the lower kingdom to the higher. In this conception we are not without analogies in the natural world. We recognize a fundamental distinction between inanimate and living matter, between the inorganic and the organic, between the lifeless mineral on the one hand and the living plant or animal on the other. Within the limitations of its order the dead mineral grows by accretion of substance, and may attain a relatively perfect condition of structure and form as is seen in the crystal. But mineral matter, though acted upon favorably by the forces of nature—light, heat, electric energy and others—can never become a living organism; nor can the dead elements, through any process of chemical combination dissociated from life, enter into the tissues of the plant as essential parts thereof. But the plant, which is of a higher order, sends its rootlets into the earth, spreads its leaves in the atmosphere, and through these organs absorbs the solutions of the soil, inspires the gases of the air, and from such lifeless materials weaves the tissue of its wondrous structure. No mineral particle, no dead chemical substance has ever been made a constituent of organic tissue except through the agency of life. We may, perhaps with profit, carry the analogy a step farther. The plant is unable to advance its own tissue to the animal plane. Though it be the recognized order of nature that the “animal kingdom” is dependent upon the “vegetable kingdom” for its sustenance, the substance of the plant may become part of the animal organism only as the latter reaches down from its higher plane and by its own vital action incorporates the vegetable compounds with itself. In turn, animal matter can never become, even transitorily, part of a human body, except as the living man assimilates it, and by the vital processes of his own existence lifts, for the time being, the substance of the animal that supplied him food to the higher plane of his own existence. The comparison herein employed is admittedly defective if carried beyond reasonable limits of application; for the raising of mineral matter to the plane of the plant, vegetable tissue to the level of the animal, and the elevation of either to the human plane, is but a temporary change; with the dissolution of the higher tissues the material thereof falls again to the level of the inanimate and the dead. But, as a means of illustration the analogy may not be wholly without value.

So, for the advancement of man from his present fallen and relatively degenerate state to the higher condition of spiritual life, a power above his own must cooperate. Through the operation of the laws obtaining in the higher kingdom man may be reached and lifted; himself he cannot save by his own unaided effort.  A Redeemer and Savior of mankind is beyond all question essential to the realization of the plan of the Eternal Father, “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”; and that Redeemer and Savior is Jesus the Christ, beside whom there is and can be none other.


We need Christ in every aspect of our lives, this is without question.
Another awesome week! We went to the university last Friday and talked to the college kids there. First we met a guy named Oliver. He didn't believe in God or anything but he said we could talk to him anyway. We talked about families being together forever and he said he definitely would tell his friends and his mother because she would be really interested. Next we talked to a guy named Ito. He broke his leg being hit by a car and apparently both his parents are dead, he just wanted some food or something. I felt really bad that we couldn't help him with money or anything but I asked if he read the Bible or the BoM, and he said he would except he didn't have one because he was poor. I gave him one so fast it wasn't even funny. I knew and testified that it would help him in his life in every aspect. Another person we talked to was a woman named Haidee (Heidi.) She said she talked to the missionaries about 19 years ago - so i asked if she had read the BoM. She didn't have one anymore because she used to live on the other side of the island (Santiago) and didn't bring it with her. Another enthusiastic person and another BoM placed! She sounded really interested. The last guy we talked to was the best I thought. He actually spoke English so we got to fully communicate with him. He fully believes in God and Jesus and he said he used to attend church when he was 16. He said something I really liked. "In our daily lives we often forget why we are here and what we are supposed to be doing in our lives. When it comes down to it, Christ is the center of it all." We explained that it is for that exact reason for why we are here on a mission for 2 years in the D.R. To invite others to Christ. I feel like we were meant to meet him that day. I am so grateful for this gospel and everything in it.

So I sang in the Choir! Me and a bunch of others sang Come thou fount of every blessing and it was very spiritual and appropriate  for sacrament. We watched the testimony of Jeffery R. Holland on the Book of Mormon {HERE} and I still cant believe how strong the spirit was. Everyone should watch it if you get the chance. In priesthood we gave our most important scripture to them and I gave Alma 48:17 (Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men)...and how Mom told me to replace Moroni's name with mine. Hah! President Romney said that is probably one of the best compliments my future wife will say to me. To be her "Captain Moroni." 

Later we watched an MTC devotional with David A Bednar speaking. He talked about spiritual gifts and how my family can pray for me to help learn the language! That would be really great! One quote from that devotional was this. "I'll give you 100 years, unlimited resources, as many professors, editors, and scholars as you want and I promise you, you could not write a single page of the Book of Mormon". Wow. Later that night we watched Meet The Mormons. Mom and Dad I want to just thank you for all you have ever done and I am working so hard to show it. I cant wait to tell you everything in person.  I have been thinking and this is definitely the hardest, yet best thing I've ever done. Even harder than Rapport. But yeah! Thats been my week!

New photos on Dropbox! Loved all the pictures you guys have been sending! LOVE ALL OF YOU!

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