Monday, March 31, 2014

Good Week

We had transfers this week, but I stayed in the Sansar Branch as zone leader with my companion, Elder Papenfuss.  He's been in this area since he came to Mongolia 7 months ago.

We taught a good number of quality lessons this week and were blessed to have 6 investigators come to Church Sunday!

The weather has been wonderful, and we have even been able to walk around in just suit coats sometimes.

When things go well, I think about how important it is to make sure I try as hard as when things don't go well.  The Nephites would always grow so much when they were humbled, and they would fall so much when they grew prideful.  Imagine if they had maintained their spiritual growth the whole time they were being prospered as well.

This week, I came across Ecclesiastes 12:8-13:
"Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."

To me, this talks about the excessive words of the "wise," which I take as talking about unimportant little doctrines.  In response to endless analysis of doctrine, the preacher says we should remember the big picture, the only one that matters: Fear God and keep the commandments.  Fearing God is to respect, worship, honor, obey, trust...all of those things.  If we do these things, we will become more perfect and we will love God better.

Have a great week!

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