This last week was pretty good, also we had transfers. Both ofOus, Elder Welker and I, will be staying in Oak Valley. This means that Elder Welker, who has been here since a just few days before Christmas might actually end his mission here. It is over in November. Anyway we are getting a new mission President next week and people are getting ready for a new leader and wondering if we can get someone as good as the Van Cotts.
The pictures below are in a member's home The Tabers are older members that I actually helped move into the Oak Valley ward when I was in Oak Valley during my first transfer last year. Sister Taber is British and a really good artist. She got a free ride in college because of her drawings. This are a few pictures that were hanging around her house.
Anyway, this last week we did exchanges and I went over to Beaumont. So I had a lesson with one of their investigators. He is about 82 and still does construction. Anyway, the guy was really interested in Daniel 7, and Revelations 12-13. So we were at his place for about an hour talking about the 'mark of the beast'. He would not tell us what he thinks the mark of the beast is since he wanted us to find out for ourselves. Anyway, it just seems odd that so many people are so obsessed with things that are mentioned once or twice in the scriptures, like the mark of the beast, while not really seeing the doctrine of Chirst. As missionaries our purpose is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." And as we were taught in the MTC, our missionary purpose = the doctrine of Christ. We have come across so many people that prefer to go into topics that don't matter as much as repentance, like for example the mark of the beast, aliens, and evolution. I am so glad that I have come on my mission. Out here I have been able to really appreciate the gospel and have seen the blessings of the gospel. I have seen the blessed state of those who keep the commandments and have seen the outcome of bad decisions, of paths that I might have ended up following. Like a man we know that does not believe in any religion and thinks that science explains everything and takes comfort in it. "Eat drink and be merry for we die". Anyway it all comes down to the Book of Mormon and if it is true. Elder Holland stated that clearly in his Talk "Safety for the Soul" . Elder Holland is by far one of my favorites and every time I listen to this talk I just get the chills. We are going to go over it for district meeting.
WALK THIS WAY!
WALK HIS WAY
Ha ha ha it is only one letter difference.
The Widow's mite.
One of Sister Taber's paintings