Monday, July 14, 2014

Alma 53:20 (Bayley)

"And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted."

Mostly because I've just been on an Army-of-Helaman kick and that's one of my favorite descriptions of our incredibly awesome they are.

But let's talk about LaVenia.

This lady is incredible.

We found her just like two weeks ago, met her at the library and asked her to be baptized, and since then she has taken off as the most prepared and solid person I think I've ever worked with.  She has such an incredibly solid testimony of the restored gospel, and repeatedly tells us all about how much she knows that this is what she has been looking for her whole life, this is where she is meant to be, and she also has shared her testimony with so many people already, telling them all about how the Mormon church has enriched her life just in a few short weeks.  Basically, she's my favorite.  She's also hilarious.  Like for example, the other day we went over the 10 Commandments, and we kinda joked around about the whole "thou shalt not kill" commandment because obviously that isn't something we're super concerned about with LaVenia right now, and she was joking because she isn't getting along with her roommate and so was like "ok, well I guess I can't kill him."  And then the next day we texted her to see how everything was going, and she texted back: "Good. I continue to pray for guidance regarding Mosiah 13:21."  

LaVenia is supposed to be getting baptized on Saturday (correction - she IS getting baptized on Saturday, faith - right?) permitted she moves out before then, since her current living situation is that she is staying with a friend who is leasing her a room until she can get going on her own, but that friend happens to be a guy, which doesn't quite fly with the baptismal qualifications.  But we are confident that everything will work out. Especially since this weekend is the last weekend of this transfer and our new president has just changed the rules that we are no longer allowed to go back to old areas for baptisms (old rule was that we could go back if it was within one transfer of our leaving) and also I've been here for 7 yeah.  She's getting baptized.  It's gonna happen.  So if yall could add her to your prayers that this all works out, that would be wonderful.

This week we also went by to see our gator Cece, who has been preparing for her baptism but who was really nervous about telling her parents about it.  So she finally told them, and the next day we went by to see how it went, and this is how our conversation went:
Us: (not necessarily in unison) "So Cece, did you tell your mom about your baptism?"
Cece: "Yeeaaahhh..."
Us: "How'd it go?"
Cece: "Well ya know, it was kinda like telling your mom that you have a boyfriend and you're getting married. 'You know mom, we've been seeing each other for a while now'..."


Unfortunately, her parents didn't react that well and so the baptism has been postponed as we all pray for some hearts to be softened.

But in the meantime, we are also still working with Ethan and Ty.  Teaching them is seriously so much fun, because they always have the greatest responses to everything.  Like for example, this past week we taught them about the Plan of Salvation and all about the pre-mortal life, how we all lived as spirits with our Heavenly Father.  When we told them this, they were a little surprised, and Ethan then asked where Jesus was then, to which we responded that he was there with us, of course, and that he was our brother, at which Ethan reeled back as if he'd just been hit and exclaimed: "WHAT?  You're telling me that I lived with JESUS???!!"  Yes, yes that's exactly what we're saying.  I just love it, because a lot of these truths I've known all my life - like that we lived with God before, that we have a prophet on the earth, that we have the priesthood, that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came down to talk to a fourteen year old boy - and so it doesn't really occur to me all the time just what it would be like to hear these truths for the first time.  But for Ethan and Ty, this is all new, and they always react with such astonishment and "NO WAY" that it really makes me look back at these truths I sometime take for granted, and realize that yeah, these things *did* happen - and that's incredible!  We lived with God before - how amazing is that?!  We have his power and a prophet - just like Moses - on the earth today - CRAZY! And Joseph Smith at just fourteen saw Heavenly Father and Christ and in that moment restored to the earth the most accurate understanding of the nature of God.  Incredible.

Also this week I have been thinking a lot about how we can prepare ourselves for Celestial glory.  There is this talk by Brad Wilcox called "His Grace is Sufficient" which is basically my favorite and which I may or may not have a CD of that I listen to on repeat whenever we are in the car...yeah.  But anyways, in this talk he talks about how we are all going to be resurrected, that's already been done, and what's left for us to determine is how comfortable we will be in God's presence - that's what the three kingdoms are all about, because there are some people here on earth who are living their lives in such a way that - should they receive a place in the celestial kingdom - they would just be uncomfortable there.  So I was thinking, how could we possibly prepare ourselves to be comfortable there?  Well, by already putting ourselves as much in his presence *here* while we can.  We are not in his presence in the same way here as we will be in the celestial kingdom, not at all, but we can put ourselves as much in his presence as we can by being where he would be, doing what he would do, and getting to know him through his word and through prayer.  And when we have lived our lives in such a way that he was spiritually there all along, I think that we'll find that when we reach the Celestial Kingdom and find ourselves physically in his presence, we will be comfortable and at home because we have in reality been living in his presence all along.

Love yall, 
Sister Bayley Enright

 Me and my sisters - Sis Mcqueen, Sis Killian, Sis Mills, and moi

 Me and Trinity, my best friend who is basically exactly like my littlest sister, Fionn

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