September 14th, 2015- A Voice of Gladness

As always, the week flew by. This past Monday we were up in Monticello playing basketball with a few Monticello high school ballers and one of the Monticello elders sprained his ankle pretty badly. So, he was couched for a day and a half and so Elder Hudson and I went up to Monticello and worked with the elders there. It was so much fun and really cool. Teaching/talking in Monticello is very different than teaching the natives. Of the two lessons we had up there, the difference in culture changes how I taught. It was awesome and I love that we have the chance to learn in a different culture.

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On Saturday, we attended a baptism in Blanding which was really great. The lady who was baptized had the Elders who began teaching her 2 years ago talk at the service. I’m glad we went and it was a good reminder that we work on the Lord’s time, not ours. When the Blanding elders met with her a month ago, she immediately told them that she was ready and that the time was right.

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I also got to hear about the BYU game. I never thought I’d serve in an area where BYU fans exist, but our entire branch presidency is BYU fans so they talk about the games each week. Hopefully, the team can keep it going for more than 4 games this year – we’ll see. 

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Oh, and turns out that I’m related, through marriages, to 2/3 of our Branch Presidency. I’m directly related to Sister Lacey through Jeremiah Woodbury. Turns out my Branch President’s son married Sister Lacey’s daughter. So, yeah, I met my third cousins this Sunday when we had dinner with the Jones’.   

Lastly, I’m understanding more and more the importance of the restored gospel. D&C 128:19: “Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy.” When we had a lesson with Joe and his family this week, we discussed the pure privilege it is to know where we came from, who we are, and where we are going. This is the Lord’s work. Recently I’ve starting memorizing scriptures and have learned the importance of the Articles of Faith. They’re so simple, yet so essential to what we share as missionaries. Hopefully I can memorize them in the next few days, but here’s the first one: “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” 

Have a great week! Love you all!

Elder Jeffrey Woodbury

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