Hello everyone from the other side of the world!!!! This week has been pretty good!!
I really like the hymn praise to the Lord the Almighty (72) it says "surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee. Ponder anew. What the Almighty can do, Who with his love doth befriend thee."
This is where the first insight from this week comes in. We are not special in the sense that the atonement doesn't apply to us. We are not special in the sense that we have committed so much sin that we cannot be forgiven. We are special in the sense that the atonement was done FOR US and for the benefit of us. it is so that when we have eternal bodies that we can have eternal happiness with it, because no one wants to live in the eternities forever without being happy! However this path will not be easy. Life is not going to be easy and that is the second Insight comes in
as missionaries we are rejected time and time again because people think that they are better off without god, and that they can find a way that brings more happiness then the way the god has prescribed. Elder McGrath said to me one day that the disappointments OUTNUMBER the successes, but the successes OUTWEIGHS the disappointments.
Behold, thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me in faith, with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee;
We all have gifts given from god to go help his children, we must do all we can to serve them then will ""all these things shall be added unto you" (3 Nephi 13:33)
1 Nephi 20:10
"For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." May we let the Lord Refine us and mold us into the servants he wants us to be, In the name of Jesus Christ Amen