Monday, December 16, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 29 - Baton Rouge, LA

Alma 5:44 For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of God, which is in Christ Jesus; yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people the things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come.

Hey Everyone!

This week was pretty interesting!  So we had some pretty sweet stuff go happen.  First things first. We were invited to go to the transfer meeting and a leadership meeting in the morning.  Both were awesome.  In the leadership meeting we talked a lot about being a good example to our district members.  We also talked a lot about being spirit lead.  I really loved a quote in Preach My Gospel from Elder Dallin H. Oaks at the end of the chapter How Do I Recognize and Understand the Spirit.  

“[A person may have] a strong desire to be led by the Spirit of the Lord but … unwisely extends that desire to the point of wanting to be led in all things. A desire to be led by the Lord is a strength, but it needs to be accompanied by an understanding that our Heavenly Father leaves many decisions for our personal choices. Personal decision making is one of the sources of the growth we are meant to experience in mortality. Persons who try to shift all decision making to the Lord and plead for revelation in every choice will soon find circumstances in which they pray for guidance and don’t receive it. For example, this is likely to occur in those numerous circumstances in which the choices are trivial or either choice is acceptable.

“We should study things out in our minds, using the reasoning powers our Creator has placed within us. Then we should pray for guidance and act upon it if we receive it. If we do not receive guidance, we should act upon our best judgment. Persons who persist in seeking revelatory guidance on subjects on which the Lord has not chosen to direct us may concoct an answer out of their own fantasy or bias, or they may even receive an answer through the medium of false revelation” (“Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall,” Ensign, Oct. 1994, 13–14).
I thought that that was pretty sweet.  It is good to rely on the spirit, but we need to use our own brains as well.

The transfer meeting was sweet too.  I was able to see Hermana Walker and Hermana Marks off. They were the sisters in my MTC district that came to Baton Rouge.  Hermana Burns and Hermana Marks played God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, and it was gorgeous.  I love that song!
Well, this week was a lot running around.  We were able to get in to see David, which we hadn't done for awhile.  His "step sister" of sorts had just gotten here a week ago and it was her birthday party.  We randomly showed up and helped them set up a little bit.  

One really cool thing that happened was the Nativity that the English wards set up.  It was huge. They set up a stage along one of the long walls of the cultural center and it was very well done.  It was neat.  We even got Lauriano and Daniel to come!  That was the best part!

We went and saw Lauriano and Blas on Sunday.  What was crazy was that there were another 5 guys there.  We just walked on in, and asked if we could share a message.  Blas said sure, and so I asked the others if they would like to listen.  They said they would.  So we sat down, and I felt to share nephi's account of the tree of life and the iron rod.  We were able to testify of the Savior, and that he really is the Tree of Life, and that the Book of Mormon is the iron rod, that will help us get closer to Him.  It was a super cool experience, to be able to testify to so many people at one time.  We left one younger guy who was there with a Book of Mormon because he was interested.  We offered the others copies too, but they said that they could borrow one from Blas or someone and wouldn't take it, so we gave them cards.

Well, that is pretty much the highlights of the week!  I love you all!  Merry Christmas!


Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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