Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 81...Laoag Philippines

Trust in God

"All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquities of us all." (Mosiah 14:6)

"O ye workers of iniquity; ye that are puffed up in the vain things of the world, ye that have professed to have known the ways of righteousness nevertheless have gone astray, as sheep having no shepherd, notwithstanding a shepherd hath called after you and is still calling after you, but ye will not hearken unto his voice!" (Alma 5:37)

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then his grace is sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ..." (Moroni 10:32)

This past month I have grown so much closer to my Savior.  I have learned that through trials and tribulations we become so much stronger. If we hold on to the power of the Atonement while we go through the furnaces of the refiner's fire, we see that God works miracles in us, and he makes our weaknesses become stronger.  Like the scriptures above, we like sheep, have all gone astray. I have done that before. But Christ is always there with His arms wide open to receive us as soon as we decide to take the steps and come to Him. I challenge you all to put your trust in God, and not in the arm of flesh nor the vain things of this world. Trust in His plan. Trust in His wisdom. Trust in His commandments and in His words. Trust in His Atonement.  As soon as we truely learn to trust God and His plan and develop the faith to follow his counsels, the spirit of the world will begin to seep out of our hearts and the lust of the flesh will no longer appear to be pleasing, the the Spirit of Christ will take hold in us and we shall be filled with His light and His wisdom. Christ is the Light of the world, and only His light can fill the darkness in our lives, and in our families. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ will save us and the world from or own self destruction.

We had a great week! We had a baptism! Sister Jaime Advincula! She is a 10 year old part member, and she should have been baptized along with her cousin last month, but her mom, who isn't a member, wouldn't let her because Jaime had already been baptized in another church. But awhile back we went to talk to her mother to see if she would let Jaime get baptized, and we ended up teaching her the message of the Restoration, and she agreed to let her be baptized and even told us that she was thinking about getting baptized herself! Haha. We are still working with her mom to get her to church, because she has a job and works on Sunday but we feel she is close to being able to come to church soon!

Other good news! Elder Bednar is coming to my mission on Febuarey 18th! I"M SO EXCITED!

Also, this week I got an awesome package from the relief society in my home ward! Thank you so much! Especially for the Hi-chews because those are my favorite! So much appreciated!

This next week is transfer week so a lot of changes will probably coming in my zone so that is exciting. There are also alot of changes with the new year coming from the missionary department so there is laot of readjusting going on in the mission but I really like the new changes and I believe that they will help the work progress a ton!

Thank you all for your prayers! I need them more than any of you could ever know! They are so much appreciated! I love you all!
-Elder Andersen

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