Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 79...Laoag Philippines

Prepare to Meet God

"For Behold, this is the time for men to prepare to meet God; behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.  And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that you do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after the day of this life, which is given to us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed."               (Alma 34:32-33) 

Hey ya'll don't get to settled, and when life is good and easy and bliss, don't expect it to stay that way.  We came here to earth to learn, experience, grow, progress, and work our bums off. Here is another Brigham Young quote for ya! 

"Time and ability to labor are the capital stock of the whole world of mankind, and we are all indebted to God for the ability to use time to our advantage, and he will require of us a strict account of the disposition we make of this ability."

Throw out all the riches and gadgets and cars and big houses and all that stuff everyone in the world is out to obtain. The riches of the world have zero significance in the lives to come. The real riches of this life are given to us by God and every one has about the same amount. We all have been given 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week, and 12 months in a year. We all have  the same amount of time. Time is money. What will we do with our time? How will we use it? What can we get from it? We must use the time God has given us to improve ourselves, to improve our abilities, to strengthen our faith, and prepare for eternity.  We came here to labor and not to be idle.

LAZINESS NEVER WAS HAPPINESS! I have watched missionaries in my zone just sleep away their mornings and their studies and walk around the apartment undressed, un-showered, and with bed head and just waste away the time the Lord has given them to deposit eternal blessing in the spiritual bank account that surely awaits us after the mission, and in the next life!

"Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer." (D&C 42:42)

"The labour of the righteous tendeth to life..." (Proverbs 10:16)

"For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands..." (Psalms 128:2)

"The sleep of a laboring man is sweet..." (Eccl 5:12)

Any ways that's my tip this week. Work work WORK and  labor not for that which is of no worth! Don't waste time. Be anxiously engaged in a good cause! 

This week was pretty dope. We had 5 investigators at church yesterday but we were expecting 15 so that was a bummer.  Scattered Israel seems to be coming out of their hiding places and we find some who seems very interested almost every day! I had exchanges this week with Elder Abonitalla in his area and we taught the Restoration to the land ladies of the old apartment of the AP's. They were scattered Israel for sure and they have been super prepared to receive the message. It was super funny because after the lesson, Eloisa actually kinda went off and seemed mad because the missionaries who use to live next door for like forever never offered to share the message. She said that all they ever said was hi and bye and they even argued one time with them because of how high the electric bill was.  I laughed super duper hard because The AP's are supposed to be the best missionaries and I even remember them given a training about how you should be proclaiming the gospel as soon as you step out the front door so.. HAHAH. Silly AP's.

I challenge you all to use your time wisely and labor for that which has eternal worth. The true currency of this life is time and the true riches are our talents, ability to labor and our knowledge.

The Church is true! God lives! He loves us! He knows better than us! He is watching over us and is super duper patient with all or mistakes and our silliness! Look to God and live!

I love you all 
-Elder Andersen

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