Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What was once a tiny SEED

Has grown into a TREE of LIFE.
I love the tree of life. 
The imagery is so cool.
I've always really loved trees and big green things.
Good thing I grew up in Arizona.
And then came on my mission to Washington. 

I'm not even really sure what it is about a tree, but I just love the story of working toward this amazing goal and striving and working so hard and then at the end falling down at the tree, partaking of the fruit, and enjoying rest. You know, rest isn't a bad thing. Even God rested on the seventh day. We can rest from our labors too. When it's the right time. I'll rest when I'm dead.

Conference highlights:

-the gospel is part of the blueprint that anchors us to the foundation of Christ. 
-renewing the call for a return to virtue
-the Lord WANTS to forgive and He wants us to understand His willingness to forgive
-priesthood power: to bless, sanctify, and purify us
-most often the love of God is felt through the simple actor obedience
-we are under covenant to lift up those in need and to stand as witnesses of Him
-peace is the gift of God--an abiding deep happiness
-it takes an act of faith to open our eyes to the LIGHT.
-start where you are, turn your heart to The Lord, walk in the light
-belief is the first step toward conviction

Great, grand stuff. I love conference as a missionary because every applies. It's easy to see the ways that these things are useful for your life and for the lives of those that you are teaching. +1 for being a missionary. 

Things with the work are going well. We are seeing some pretty cool things happening with a family that isn't super active and one of the boys isn't a member. When we first started seeing them he wouldn't talk to us at all. Now he actually declines to join games on Xbox live to listen to the things that we teach and to listen to general conference. That's pretty cool for a 15 year old kid. The gospel, the light of Christ does absolute wonders in the lives of every human soul. There's nothing quite like it.

Take a minute to go and review some things from conference. It's amazing what you'll miss the first time and catch a second time.

Hope on,
Journey on.


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