October 12th, 2015: Learning Some New Skills

This week was awesome! Also, I forgot it was National 4-H week until now, so knowing that makes it even better. Monday, we were in Blanding and played some indoor touch football and some basketball. It was super fun. Afterwards, we went back to White Mesa and met with a less-active we teach. Well, she’s now teaching us how to bead. We’re getting really into it.
She recommended we stop at this store in Cortez. We did and got ourselves a beginner beading set (which I'll probably have for the rest of my life).
She recommended we stop at this store in Cortez. We did and got ourselves a beginner beading set (which I’ll probably have for the rest of my life).

On Wednesday, we had a zone conference in Cortez, Colorado with the Colorado Zone. It was awesome! President and Sister Adams are the best mission leaders ever! Afterwards, we went to a Native Trading store called Notah Dineh and got some cool beading materials that will probably last until after my mission. And… we got to go to Wal-Mart.

We got to see the Lopez family again and discussed some of their favorite parts from conference. I love Elder Stevensons’ comments of not focusing on what I can’t do but rather what I can do.
Also, we’ve been visiting with the Ketchum’s (less-actives returning to church) for the past month or so and got to see them this week. We shared and discussed the story of the Tree of Life (1 Nephi 8). Lehi’s dream is such a beautiful analogy for life in every way. Wanda (the wife) shared her thoughts of how in the past years of her life she let go of the iron rod and literally got lost in the midst of darkness (being caught up in worldly things). But, even in the dream, there are people that find their way back and hold more tightly to the rod of iron guiding which guides them to the tree of life. One of my biggest Aha moments of sorts is that my role as a missionary isn’t just to help people and lift their spirits, but to guide them along the way towards eternal life. This scripture sums it up perfectly: 3 Nephi 5:13 “Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.” Also, another cool thing I’d like to point out about Lehi and his dream was that afterwards in verses 37 it says “And he did exhort them [Laman and Lemuel] then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them.”
Elder Holland talked, in conference, about Heavenly Father being our tender parent and I can’t help but think of Heavenly Father rejoicing when his children do the things which He would have them do (like obey the Commandments). Yeah, the Book of Mormon is such a great tool to have and we can learn so much just from Lehi’s dream. Here’s the 5th Article of Faith: “We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.”
Life’s great and I love it out here. Who would’ve thought I’d serve a part of my mission in Utah? It’s awesome serving on the reservation and being outside the United States. Thank you for all the letters and mail.
Love you all, have a great week!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury

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