Another week on the reservation! Happy Easter! We played some rugby in Gallup last week on a super nice turf field. It was pretty awesome.
Something really cool this past week was that Jo-Jo was able to make it to the Albuquerque Temple and do baptisms for the dead. He took his deceased brother and fathers’ names. Seeing him later that day was super uplifting to us because he was so happy he went and described it as a haven and sanctuary (which is what it’s suppose to be). He’s awesome! I so wish we could go to the temples more often as missionaries. I might take a p-day off to go to the temple. (We’ll see if that happens, most likely not).
So, I’m reading in the war chapters in the Book of Mormon and what a great leader captain Moroni was to the people of Nephi. In Chapter 44, Zarahemnah (bad guy) goes after Moroni’s people, the Nephites. The battle is super destructive and a lot of people die. They come to a stand still, and Moroni asks Zarahemnah if he will surrender to him and never fight them again. Verse 10: “And now when Zerahemnah had made an end of speaking these words, Moroni returned the sword and the weapons of war, which he had received, unto Zerahemnah, saying: Behold, we will end the conflict.” When I read that this past week, I was like “ohhhhhhh” because Moroni wasn’t going to be fooled and wasn’t gonna let the killing get too out of hand.
The war chapters provide such a different dynamic to the Book of Mormon. Later, Moroni describes how he was constantly preparing and fortifying the cities under his control to defend against the Lamanites.
Here’s the 15th point of the true church: “The true church must be restored.” Ephesians 1:10: “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” This is the last dispensation we live in now and I’m grateful for the living prophets today to direct the world and reveal God’s will. I love President Monson and I hope to learn something new this coming week at General Conference when he speaks with the Apostles. Another reference is Acts 3:21. But, I hope you all had a great Easter and are having a good time!
Love you! Thanks for the love!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury