Friday, April 11, 2014

Don't Rummage Through the Garbage.

Wow, first of I would just like to apologize to all the women out there for ever thinking "eh, cramps can't be that bad..." Let me explain a little. This weekend I had a thing called Gastritis. Long story short it is when you eat more spicy foods and greasy foods than your body is used to. When this happens, it pretty much destroys your gastro-intestinal system for a while. So through conference, and while we were contacting to bring people to conference, every 5-10 minutes I would be doubled over in what felt like hands wringing my stomach. So really not a great experience. And the mission president’s wife told us that it pretty much felt like the kinds of cramps women have. So yeah, all you ladies out there are pretty much warriors. 
Well, this weekend was super awesome!! Conference, like always, was super great!! And I got to watch it in English so I got the WHOLE picture. Something that really struck me was the repeated advice to defend the faith and not change just because the world is. Obviously the world is heading in a worse and worse direction. The need for staying "true to the faith" is becoming ever more prevalent every day. With the garbage that is in the world, we are constantly being sucked in. And "we shouldn't rummage through garbage". That is why the work is hastening on. We have what the world needs. It is something that can't be hid and that won't ever stop. The things that the church stands for will always be contrary to the norms of the world, but that is because the norms of the world are the norms of Satan. The world is degrading faster than we realize. We need to realize just how needed our courage is and just how much is at stake here. The world is built on sand, its roots are in loose soil and, sooner rather than later, it will fall. We just CAN'T have our roots intermingled with those of the world. It is just that simple. We must have our feet planted in the Rock that is the Savior. There is no other option. 
So I just want to share a quick experience from the week. We were teaching a less active member of our ward the gospel of Jesus Christ. We got done teaching and her grandson, who is 10, turned to his aunt and said "well, when am I going to be baptized?" Me and my companion just looked at one another for a second and then we explained the requirements. He is super excited to be baptized!! That is living proof that the Gospel is not hard. It is not complicated and it is not difficult. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple, so genuine, that even a 10-year-old boy can see the value of it and feel the spirit testify of the truth. We shouldn't teach or think about it as a level above that of a child. There is a reason that we are baptized at 8-years-old. 
Well I hope you all have a fantastic week! Be safe and Keep the faith. Stand for what is right, even when you have to stand alone! ¡Hasta Luego!

-√Člder Morris

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