For two years I will be preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serving the people in the area of the Salt Lake City East Mission! My mother has volunteered to post my letters and pictures on this blog so you can follow me. I have been preparing for my mission for 18 years by exercising faith and building a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and His amazing Gospel. Please email or write me if you have any questions or just want to talk!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
"Here is an Apostle of the Lamb"
Overlooking the SL valley with Elder Pau'u
The emails were awesome this week! I love all the
pictures. I am really wondering why my entire life we didn't have any quorum of
the 12 general authorities come all 18YEARS of my life and as soon as I leave
they come what seems like once a month. They probably saw the righteousness of
the stake go up after I left and wanted to see what was going on.
Not that I can complain at all because we did have
Elder Ballard come and speak to us on Saturday. It was super sweet!He is so funny
and we all got to shake his hand! He spoke with two other general
authorities of the seventy, Elder Pingley (?sp) and Elder
Christensen. Elder Ballard told a story of a missionary in his
mission he was over in Ontario Canada that came to him and told him he was
going to be his best missionary. He explained to him that he made a covenant
with God that if he worked as hard as he could and was the best missionary then
he would keep his dad alive. He told of his first day in the area were they
went straight to a members home for dinner. After eating this missionary
looked at his watch and told his senior companion that they had been there for
forty-five minutes and needed to leave.
Olympus District B Meeting
The senior companion told him of the
-30's temperatures outside and how he didn't think it was a good idea. The
missionary told him "I need your help to save my dad." He told of his
diligence as he worked to be the best servant of the Lord he could be. He was
released as a mission president at the same time this missionary went home and
was able to witness this valiant missionary run to the arms of his father. Some
of his really funny quotes were:
"You have a great mission president. One of
the reasons why is because he married over his head... It think we all
have." Looking back on the stand
This was when he was telling us that there didn't
used to be any missions or missionaries in Utah:
Elder Ballard: from the stand. "Now how
many missions do we have in Utah?" Looking back at sister
Eberhardt "4? 5?"
Sister Eberhardt: 9
Elder Ballard: "Wowwwww!"
He said that if we could go to our knees every
night and say to the Lord, "I did my best," then we are great
missionaries. The spirit testified to me that here is an apostle of the Lamb. I
have gotten way ahead in the 100 day BOM reading challenge and am in 3 Nephi 20 and just
like the apostles called then, I know that the same is still true of them
7 And the disciples did pray unto the Father also
in the name of Jesus. And it came to pass that they arose and ministered unto
8And when they had ministered those same words
which Jesus had spoken--nothing varying from the words which Jesus had
spoken--behold, they knelt again and prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus.