Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Conference and Christ - from April 15, 2014

Great Scott! I got to go to the Royal Palace last Monday!! It was gorgeous! And massive! Many of the floors inside buildings were made out of pure silver! I question the wisdom of doing such a thing but it was super cool regardless! I will include some beautiful pictures in this email. Today is the start of the 3 day Khmer New Year! So naturally half the shops and stores are closed so they can party!
  This week we got a new investigator who is the new "husband"of one our our current progressing investigators. I put it in quotations like that because they aren't officially married but she introduced him as her husband. He is wonderful actually. He has had a lot of hardships and trials in his life that have humbled him and prepared him to receive the word of the lord with an open heart. The only obstacle we have at the moment is that they need to get married before they can be baptized because he lives with her. So we are hoping to have a wedding in the following weeks as well as some baptisms! Everyday I become more and more grateful for the opportunity I have to serve these people here. On Saturday I got to go to Phnom Penh and watch Conference in English with all the other American Elders in the surrounding areas. It was a stellar experience!! I was so stoked for the past three weeks looking forward to being edified by living prophets and apostles.
  So since it is nearing Easter, I started reading the New Testament again last week and this morning I finished Acts. I feel so blessed to have the knowledge of my savior and redeemer, even Jesus Christ. I have learned so much more from his life since I began to read. I could not help but marvel at how so many people saw his miracles and yet despised him and disbelieved. I know that Christ suffered for me and for each and every one of you. He took upon him all the pains of the world and he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, and with his stripes we are healed. He gave up his life on the cross, and on the third day He rose from the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. That is our gift from Christ, to rise again with perfected bodies in the resurrection. And shall come forth; they who have done good, in the resurrection of the just; but they who have done evil shall come forth in theresurrection of the unjust. We must also exercise our Moral Agency to follow Christ. To keep all his commandments with the utmost strictness. And if it so be that we have sinned, we need also repent. That when we meet God at the judgement seat, we may be clean and confident before him, knowing that our works were that of righteousness. As we learned from Elder Holland in Conference, His doctrine is not comfortable. It requires work. We are not only meant to fetch daisies in the field. We are meant to grow strong through trails. Elder Bednar taught us that the 4x4 truck stuck in the snow couldn't go anywhere until it had a load. We are meant to bear our load of trials and tribulations like Jesus bore his cross. For all these things shall give thee experience and shall be for thy good. The tree that grows in a windy environment grows stronger more quickly so that when the storm comes and the fierce winds blow, the tree stands firm in the ground and resists the wind. We likewise are growing everyday with winds opposing us, but if we take root in our Lord Jesus Christ we will be able to overcome all. And when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed. We can be Grateful, as we learned from Elder Uchtdorf, for all our trials and all our blessings too. Gratitude is a catalyst for all Christ-Like attributes. And oh how we need to be like Christ! I pray that you may develop your testimony and build your foundation in Christ. Seek to wax strong in the knowledge of our God and seek to become like Christ. I hope you will often review the inspired messages from conference and apply it. Begin to change. For what does it profit us if we do not use our knowledge. Our knowledge therefore is useless if we do not use it. I love you all and soom poo piak teang ah nih daoy nouv Preah Niam nei Preah Yesukrih. Amen.

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