Monday, October 26, 2015
Week 62: Humility is the Key
Last week was really busy, but this week seemed like nothing really happened. Things have been hard with teaching our investigators and getting them to come to church and what not. So many of them are so close, but just aren't quite there. There are some really cool recruits on base though. We set a couple baptismal dates yesterday, and I did a baptismal interview with one of them as well. They are so humble and receptive to the Spirit! It is true that many of them have been compelled to be humble, but it is still better than being prideful. If only everyone was as humble as them. It just goes to show that the pleasures of life often times cause us to have pride and harden our hearts, like we see so often with the people in the Book of Mormon. If we do not humble ourselves and follow the example of the Lord, we are doomed to face the same fate of the Nephites.
In 2Nephi 1:9 it says:
Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.
We have that same promise. Humility is key to all of this. Often times we cannot accept correction, or turn the other cheek, or do good to others who do not do good to us, and that is because of the pride which is in us. President Ezra Taft Benson has a wonderful talk titled "Beware of Pride" in which he talks about all the ways we have pride. For me, humility is a huge way we can combat pride.
Elder S. is in fact my new companion! He is traveling around the mission though, so I dont see him everyday. It's fun though! He and E.G go home at the end of this transfer, so I will be all alone by then ;'(
Thats great that the ward is going to be having a couple baptisms here pretty soon! We should be having some soon as well. I just wish the members here would "awake and arouse [their] faculties... and exercise a particle of faith..." They just arent really doing anything of their own free will, but have to be compelled to act! I just dont get it... I guess people dont understand Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-29. So we are working and hoping for the best here. I know the members can do it, but they just arent there yet.
Thats about it here though. Thanks for all your love and support! I love you and hope you have a great week!
Elder Brian Farley