Thursday, June 8, 2017

Week 83 Abraham's Faith & Obedience

Monday 5/292017 Memorial Day 
We headed down to Garden Grove to pick up Elder Hugie/Durchie. We went to the suit store to check out the sale that all of the missionaries have been taking advantage of. When getting in the car we realized we had a battery that needed a jump. We were not successful in finding someone to jump us in the parking lot. So we started calling missionaries, we were able to get one of the sets of the ASL missionaries to help us out. A quick burger at In N Out before Walmart then PDay activity. After we dropped some people off then did some finding to finish off our night. A lot of people were home for memorial day. 

In the morning our car needed a jump after we stopped by the zone leaders. We had to try to find some missionaries with cables, but we eventually got someone with cables. We hurried back and had a lesson with Randy. Brother Oakerlund came and he was awesome in the lesson. We were able to clarify a lot about the Holy Ghost with him. He has been reading and keeps his commitments well. There was a stop to get our battery changed. Some Elders in Yorba Linda needed somebody with a bike rack to help them out. They needed a ride from the Ohio building to their apartment. We finished up our studies then had dinner before we went out to find. While finding we met Bill. Bill was friendly and willing to listen. 

After studies we met up at the Baskin Robin's for a district ice cream stop. We got back did some more planning before we went out. Our dinner was with the McPhersons, they are a great family. We filled the rest of the night trying to see as many people as we could. 

In the morning we started our day with district meeting. We focused on studying effectively for our investigators. We had a good role play of applying the suggested study tools from Preach My Gospel. We went out to Red Robin with most of the Elders from the zone. We got back and finished up our studies had dinner then went out. We saw Brother Cope he was funny, he being older in age was very out spoken. We had a lesson with Brother Southern at the end of the night we had the opportunity to bring our new ward missionary Benjie. We talked about the words of Christ and prayer bringing joy as the tree of life. 

Our day after studies consisted of our weekly planning session, we made each lot of goals and plans. We planned a really great week. We were able to meet with the Nienhue family. We talked about serving and preparing to go on missions since there is two young men in the house. We are going to teach them the lessons also. At the end of the night we exchanged with the zone leaders. Elder Sparacino my old companion from a year and a month came to the area. 
His old comp from a 13 months ago. Elder Sparacino
We started our day with studies. We went out and tried to visit the people that live in our complex. We weren't able to see a lot of people. After lunch we went out to do some finding. We met Andres and he was interested in learning more about the plan of salvation. Dinner was with the Rodney's, they are awesome with sharing the gospel with others. After we met Sister Avelas husband we talked with him, he said he would definitely sit in on a lesson, which was cool. Our night ended really well when we met Maricela and taught her the restoration. She has great faith in Jesus Christ. She believes that God will answer her prayer of faith asking if the things that we shared with her are true. Then we exchanged back at the end of the night. 

Our day started with PEC, talking about the missionary work in the ward. Testimony meeting was really good. There was a lot of Greta testimonies shared. We went with the young men and they had a lesson on the importance of missions. A great insight shared was you don't go on a mission looking to get something, it is what you can give on your mission. After church Brother Patino brought a visitor that wanted a blessing, so we had the opportunity to do that. She lives in San Francisco so we are going to get missionaries to meet up with her there. The Larsen family had us to their house for their fast Sunday breakfast for dinner meal. We did some finding to finish off our night. Brother Marlin talked to us a while asking us about the beliefs of the church. He was nice, but he wants to stay atheist right now. Not too many people wanted to talk for the rest of the night. 

Abraham's Faith & Obedience 

In the recent week I studied a little concerning faith. One of the first examples of great is shown in the Old testament by Abraham and he is blessed greatly. He is told to take his only beloved son born by Sarah and to sacrifice him in the land of Moriah. In his devotion to follow every command he leaves the next morning, not sparing and time to obey. As he gets to the mountain just as be is about to slay his son he is stopped by the Lord. He in turned for his fully turning himself to the Lord was blessed greatly. 

Genesis 22
16 for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

We often don't have to go through such great lengths to receive great blessings from the Lord. Sometimes we think we can just ask, being able to receive with little or no action required. If often takes a trail of faith. 

Ether 12 
6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

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