Monday, April 27, 2015

Week 44: Birthday, Stomach Flu and Other Blessings

April 27, 2015
Hey everybody!

I had another really awesome week! There are so many different words and phrases that I could try to use to describe what is going on, but for now, I will keep it simple.

We have a golden investigator named XXXX who is set for baptism this weekend. Since he is a trucker, he is out of town a lot. We have struggled in trying to set up a baptismal interview before this weekend because of him being out of town. Because of this, we've had to teach him over the phone. Yesterday, he sent us a text saying that we might need to postpone the baptism because he might not be able to be interviewed on Friday. That was really frustrating. I prayed really hard for an answer on what could be done. My zone leader suggested that I give a call to President Ahlander to see what would need to be done to have the baptism this weekend. President said to do a practice interview over the phone before the baptism, and then to have the interview right before the baptism. We're cutting it close in getting him baptized, but both Elder Rathjen and I are confident that getting him baptized is the right thing to do. I was thinking about it in sacrament meeting the other week. I was a little nervous and anxious, wondering to myself if pushing to have him baptized so soon was the right thing to do. I prayed about it, and the answer I received was to go ahead with it. It should be a really awesome baptism.

Yesterday, I had a small bout of stomach flu. I originally thought that I had It was the worst, but it was nice to be able to get out of the apartment and go to sacrament meeting.

Combine all this stuff that's been happening with my birthday this past Friday, I have had one heckuva week. When you're in the service of the Lord, the Lord doesn't really let up.

I read a scripture today that got me thinking. It's about Alma the Younger and it's in Mosiah 27:8. It says:

 Now the sons of Mosiah were numbered among the unbelievers; and also one of the sons of Alma was numbered among them, he being called Alma, after his father; nevertheless, he became a very wicked and an idolatrous man. And he was a man of many words, and did speak much flattery to the people; therefore he led many of the people to do after the manner of his iniquities.

I thought back to a quote by President Uchtdorf which he says that "what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become." I thought that a lot of small choices went into to making Alma a wicked and idolatrous man. It was what he loved, thought, and did that made him become that kind of person. If we do what we're supposed to--read the scriptures, pray, go to church, give service, repent, and keep the commandments--then we show God that we love him. It is also these things that change us! As a missionary, I've come to rely a lot more on the Atonement. If I do my best, the Lord is going to use me as a tool in his hands! The same goes for everyone else, not just me.

Have a great week!

Elder Jones

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