Monday, January 26, 2015

I Can Juggle! Sort Of!

This week was almost as awesome as the last couple weeks! And one reason it was cool was that I have started learning to juggle!

I'm only joking, that's not why this week was really good. But seriously, I am learning how to juggle.

Now the reason why this week was good is mostly because of our super investigator M! We had multiple lessons with her this week, all of them really good! And one of the best things that happened this week was that M accepted a baptismal date for February 7th!!! It was really awesome! We had originally planned to invite her for March 7th, so that she could be confirmed on her birthday (the 8th). But at the start of the lesson she told us that she was going to be going to Oklahoma on March 6th to do  police academy testing. Which is a cool thing in it of itself!

Tangent story: one of the lessons we had with her this week she told us that this police academy had called her back for the testing, which she didn't expect because when she originally applied they said she wouldn't have enough college credits to qualify. So she accepted that that goal wouldn't happened and set new goals to go into the air force. Then this last week they called her back, and since then throughout the rest of the week she has been seeing hints and signs that she should follow that course!

Back to the regular story: Regardless of that, she said that she could fly out, do the testing, and fly back the same day so that she could get baptized the next day. Then the member we were with said that maybe getting baptized and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost could be a blessing before the testing. We all agreed, so we asked M how ready she was to get baptized, and she said that she was very ready, that this was something she had been looking for for a long time. And so we moved the date up to February 7th! It was really awesome! So Elder English and I celebrated with root beer floats! They were tasty!

Another really good part of this week was that we had Zone Conference this last week. And one of the really cool things that President Kendrick talked about was President Spencer W. Kimball. About how when we got called to be an Apostle he felt very under-qualified, and then some years later, President Harold B. Lee passed away surprisingly as he was a relatively young and healthy man, and President Kimball was called as the next prophet. At the time, he had started suffering from a throat cancer which over time nearly made him lose his voice. President Kendrick showed us a picture that he had of President Kimball, that he had gotten from someone in the past, and the picture shows an amateur picture taken of the prophet, and a look of almost confusion on President Kimball's face, as he didn't think he was a celebrity, or special enough for a person to try to get a picture of him. And overall it was a really good talk about how we may not feel qualified for a position we are called to, but that is because the Lord doesn't call those He has qualified, the Lord qualifies those that He has called.

A scripture story I really like about this is found in Exodus, and it is what I want to use as my spiritual thought for this week. It is the story of Moses when he is called to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. The scriptures in particular are Exodus 3:10-12, "Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain...", and 4:10-12, "And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." I really love that story because Moses is revered as one of the greatest prophets who has ever walked the Earth, but even at his calling he answered by pointing out how unqualified he was. But then the Lord helps him throughout his calling, and the same is true for us, the Lord helps us in our responsibilities as we come to ask Him for His divine assistance.

Well, that's about all for this week!


Elder Wixom

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