If you say "boots and cats" really fast or "boots and pizza" really fast, then it sounds like you're beat boxing. We did a lot of that this week. And service. Lots of service. We weeded some gardens and helped out at a soup kitchen. The soup kitchen was extra fun cause we got to wear the yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" shirts and serve lunch to people who needed it. We couldn't proselyte cause it was at a different church, but it was cool to go, and it was our ward that was providing the meal that day. Good ward bonding time.
We got to give a training at Zone Meeting this week on ward relations and it was really fun. We started by showing the clip from "The Testaments" where they're overthrowing the government and pulling the towers down and stuff, pretending that was like sacrament meeting and Helam was the bishop, looking for his less-active recent converts...........you probably had to be there but it was really funny. Trust me. Also, that was the day I ate my first, freshly-picked-off-the-bush blackberry in Washington. It was really good.
We gave a lesson yesterday about the Atonement that was way cool. It helped me understand it more, so I thought I would share my thoughts on it.
1) What is the Atonement?
The sacrifice of Christ for all of us to overcome physical and spiritual death. It consisted of His suffering in the garden, His death on the cross, and His resurrection 3 days later. It was the most pivotal event in human history.
2) Why do we need it?
Because we all fall short of the glory of God. None of us are ever perfect, and no matter what we do, we can never become like God or live in His kingdom without grace, which is the divine power and help we can have through the Atonement. The catch is, it can only be applied after we have done all we can do.
3) How do we use it?
We do all we can do!! We do the little things every day like read scriptures and pray, we go to church, we repent and change so that we can become like Him. He promises us that He will help us with our burdens. He won't necessarily take them away, but He will make it so that we have the strength to bear them. Christ has already overcome the world, so we can rely on Him, but we should never leave Him alone. We must do our part.
I love the gospel. It's the all-encompassing, all-inclusive, overarching answer to life. It solves any and every problem, we just have to be willing to work to find the solution. I love sharing this message with people and seeing them come closer to Christ and developing that relationship with Him. There really isn't anything cooler. Really. Fo realz.
Hope you are all having a great week. Love you lots. Talk to you soon!!
Sister Sara Chronister