Monday, November 17, 2014

A few thoughts from the Steppes

Alma 27:29 tells us of the Anti-Nephi-Lehites who would rather die than commit sin--they didn't want to take up arms again and kill as they had done in the past, having repented of this sin. This makes them a special case, of course, and their desire is more important than simply not wanting to sin.  There are many times when we justify sin, like when we get angry to get our way, yell at someone to stop something from happening that we don't like, or lie to protect ourselves or our pride. The reasons that justify our incorrect actions seem important to us, and perhaps the sin of our reaction seems small.  But if we remember the Anti-Nephi-Lehis, who were willing to die rather than repeat serious sin, we should remember that to suffer frustration is better than to get angry, to be humble is better than to justify our pride.  Just my thoughts today.

Stake Conference was this past week.  One sister is the Japanese wife of a ward's Mongolian Bishop. She gave her talk entirely in Japanese and had it interpreted.  It was pretty cool to listen to.  Our work here is going well and we are preparing the wife of one of our members for baptism; we hope to help prepare him to do the ordinance.  We are teaching a lot of people right now.

One note about being on a mission for nearly two years now:  I can say I know how to cook eggs tastily and correctly: omelette, poached, sunny-side up, and more!

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