It was a solid week. I’m doing really good. This past Monday, we went up to Monticello and played volleyball with the other Elders in the zone. It was pretty fun.
We got to see Wanda and Aldean this week and went over the Word of Wisdom with them. They already live it, but it’s always a good reminder of the blessings you receive by keeping yourself physically and spiritually strong. But, we also discussed of how to avoid and resist temptations. I love this scripture from Proverbs 4. Verses 14-15: “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.” It’s so much easier to not fall into temptation if you do all you can to avoid it, right?
Right now, we’re going over Christlike attributes with the Mustashes and this week we talked about Virtue. One of the cool things that Preach My Gospel shares for virtue is that in order not to have unclean/bad thoughts, your brain has to filled with good/uplifting thoughts. And good thoughts can come from anything good. That went really well!
Oh, and this past week we found a family on the reservation that hasn’t met with missionaries in 15 years! The mom is less-active and the father is not a member, but pretty traditional (in the native culture). We talked with the family of how the Book of Mormon is a history of their people and they were super receptive and loved us being there. It’ll be interesting to see what’ll happen with them in the future.
Yeah, it’s crazy that I’ve been in White Mesa this long and am still learning the area out, but I’m really enjoying southeastern Utah. This morning, in personal study I read through, in my opinion, the 3 greatest sections in the Doctrine and Covenants. Sections 121-123. In Section 122, the Lord delivers awesome counsel to Joseph Smith while in Liberty Jail. In verse 9: “Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.” I love those last words of not fearing the power of men, but rather knowing that God is with you in all you do. It’s so true, but often overlooked in our daily lives. Yesterday, one of the speakers in our sacrament meeting talked about being grateful for the little things in life. She shared of how she complained when she had to clean the dirty dishes, but her mom told her that she should be grateful for having dirty dishes because that meant she had food to eat. There’s so many small blessing in life that can be overlooked. But, greater gratitude comes from seeing those blessings everyday.
In other news, I had dinner with the Jones (my cousins) yesterday, and it was awesome! Here’s the 9th article of faith: “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” Again, like the 5th article of faith, revelation is real and God does reveal truths to those on Earth both personally and through a prophet. And I’m so thankful for having a living prophet today and to be able to receive personal revelation.
I hope you all have a great week in preparation for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks for all the letters and mail. Love you all!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury