Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well here we are almost reaching the end of July. I almost inserted an obnoxious animated image to catch your attention but then I decided against it.

This week I will be changing to have 19 years. Whoops, that's bad English, uhm, birthday, yes, that's how it is called. That should be cool. Time is passing remarkably fast.

Recently we have been struggling to find new investigators, and many of our appointments have been falling through. We are going to make a plan to really work very hard and do some new finding activities and just try some different things to keep us animated and positive.

Hm, there isn't too much to report in terms of our activities this week. Our ward mission leader, who is a very diligent worker and helps us a ton, was out of town and could not drive us out to the far-away places in the area that we have no other access to. However we called our investigators and gave them chapters to read in the scriptures to try to help them keep learning even though we couldn't visit them.

On the study side, I had a very productive week in terms of my own study of the scriptures, and found what I think is a new favorite passage:

Helaman 3:27-30

 27 Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.

 28 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.

 29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked—

 30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.

Verse 29 stuck out to me particularly, but the whole passage is very powerful.

I ended up reading a large portion of the story of the prophet Nephi who is preaching among the people in these chapters of Helaman and enjoyed it a lot. There were also lots of other things that I studied this week but in order to not make this email large and extremely doctrinally dense I'll leave that for some other Monday.

Very good, I'll leave that off there and bid you all a good week,

El. Backstrom

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