I LOVE Romans 15:1-3 (see below). I have realized that it is not about me. It’s not about what makes me happy and what I prefer, but what I can be doing/changing to make others happy, even if that means making sacrifices. Sometimes this may mean slowing down even when I’d much rather be going at a faster pace. But as it says in Romans we are “not to please ourselves…for even Christ pleased not himself.” It’s definitely a hard thing to do, especially for stubborn, sassy, independent people like me, but I read it from the scriptures, it’s there, so I am going to do it!
Romans 15: 1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
From our missionaries and shared with permission:
“I had this wonderful revelation about pride last night. It’s really long so bear with me. It was related to me by relating it to cancer and the evil and destruction it’s done to so many people.
“Pride is like a cancer. It begins in the mind, tainting the thoughts within and dimming the bright thoughts of charity. Soon, it spreads to the eyes where it blinds you to the tender mercies of the Lord. From there it only moves to the ears which makes you deaf to sound advice and the whispering of the Spirit. From there it moves to the mouth in degrading speech and harmful comments. Then finally it sinks deep into your heart where you heart becomes cold and hard to the true teachings of the Lord. It finally ends in your feet in treading over the words, servants and anything else of the Lord. Luckily for us we have a cure prepared for us. The Light of Christ. It fills our soul and will eventually unclog the blocked valves of the heart, softening and warming it. It moves to the mind, enlightening understanding and love for the spirit, which in turn allows your eyes to open to the miracles of God, helping the spirit whisper into the once deaf ears. It allows you to profess truth and light from that once filthy mouth. And finally it washes your feet of the sins and mistakes you have stepped in only because you are not on them anymore. But you are on your knees speaking to our Father in Heaven, thanking him for that cure and asking for forgiveness for the mud you’ve stepped in.” This is what I have learned this week. I seek that cure so much. And it will take time, but I know of it’s cleansing power, especially with the Holy Ghost.” Elder Aaron Russell
A Field of “white” wheat: Already to Harvest
From Sister Doolhoff: “Each day feels like a month but each week feels like a day. Its crazy how time goes by in the mission. BUT I love it!”
From Elder Shirley: “Taking upon ourselves the name of Christ is not just something that we promise to do at baptism…. It is imperative that we immerse ourself in His name Taking upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ is the only way that we can be saved. Taking upon ouselves the name of Christ is not a passive thing. Taking upon us the name of Christ is the act of sacrificing our acts and replacing them with His instead. To forget ourselves and remember Him. To have our old self die and a new spiritually new self rise and exemplify His acts through ours. I never realized that “taking the Lord’s name in vain” isn’t just using language in a profane way, it us using our agency in a profane way. It is separating ourselves from Him through our actions. But that’s not even the best part. The best part is that after polluting the name of Christ with any disobedient act, I can receive that light of forgiveness and the love of God in my heart. Even after I know I have gone against the perfection of God’s will, through my Savior and Mediator I can repent and still receive a portion of God’s Spirit to dwell with me as long as I strive to live worthy of it.
Elder Molinaro, one of our visa waiter missionaries headed to Brazil some time before the millenium, shared this bit of missionary wisdom about inviting:
“There seems to be a law irrevocably declared in the mission that whenever you open your mouth, you find more people to teach.” Which they have done to the tune of 19 lessons this past week!