Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Fort Collins temple looks awesome!! (Amik)

Anyway, yes, the smoke did make me feel at home.  

Also, this last week was really good. Wednesday we as a zone all went to the temple for a session.  Elder Franz and I were last ones to leave to get dressed after the session cause it just feels so peaceful in the temple.  So the pictures are of the temple trip. 

Saturday Elder Labarge and all the leaders went to a leadership meeting in Redlands with Elder Cook of the Seventy. So I was with a Spanish Elder from each of the two Spanish wards in the area.  We biked and did work in the Spanish ward area, that covers our ward as well and visited a few people in our ward.  It was almost cut short when I, at some point, ran over a screw that completely busted my tube so we are going to try and replace that today.  The screw was about an inch long, maybe a bit longer. 

This apartment is now a four man since the Spanish elders' apartment flooded, a pipe burst.  We moved them in after the temple trip 

Anyway, In this mission we sometimes get to the point of decision where we must decide if we are going to focus on the next decision or the next decision.  We all make mistakes because we all have weaknesses
while weakness itself is not a sin it can lead us to give up and then just continue in sin.  Like Elder Holland said last General Conference "the best part of the Gospel is that we get credit for trying."  But yes sometimes our weaknesses lead us to sin, and sin requires repentance to purify us again. Sometimes when we hear about being perfect as God and Jesus are, it is overwhelming because we feel as if we can never get there. We really are not there until we are safely dead, but it is our striving to get there that the Lord is looking for; our never giving up. "Never give up, never surrender!!"  If we keep focusing on our last bad decisions we will continue to slip again and again.  In life move happily and freely to the next decision. That is when the Atonement of Jesus Christ begins to become beautiful in our lives; when we use it to propel ourselves forward;
toward becoming more like our Savior. There is a saying: "Don't look behind you, you aren't going that way." The Savior said it more poetically when a woman was brought to Him who was taken in adultery. The Savior calmly cleared the room of her accusers and then in John 8:10-11 it says "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." The Savior does not condemn or criticize the woman. He looks into her heart and knows that her repentance is sincere and then He asks her to "Go, and Sin No More." The real trouble is when it is not sincere.

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