Saturday, February 26, 2011
In other news, my room here at home is a mess. I get to pack everything today because I think I finally have everything I will need. This is unreal. I keep thinking it's only like going away to college or something, and that will will "come to pass" really quickly. And in a sense, I think it will. Come August, I will have already been out 6 months, with only a year left, and August does not seem that far away for me. A lot happens in 18 months. A lot will happen in these next 18 months...
The agenda is this then: Pack a majority of everything today. Attend church tomorrow in our beloved St. Helens building. Be set a part as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints tomorrow night by the stake President. Get to the airport Monday morning and fly to SLC. Be a tourist... in missionary attire... around temple square and other really awesome places in Salt Lake. Report to the MTC Wednesday afternoon. And begin my mission service. I don't know what is going to happen after that. But please stay tuned here, because here is where you'll find the information needed to write to me and to see what I've been up to. It will be fascinating, I promise!
I better go start being productive with my day...
Oh, and side note, yesterday was a really good day.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Monday, February 21, 2011
6For I went about with the sons of Mosiah, seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way.
7And behold, he spake unto us, as it were the voice of thunder, and the whole earth did tremble beneath our feet; and we all fell to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came upon us.
8But behold, the voice said unto me: Arise. And I arose and stood up, and beheld the angel.
9And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed, seek no more to destroy the church of God.
10And it came to pass that I fell to the earth; and it was for the space of three days and three nights that I could not open my mouth, neither had I the use of my limbs.
11And the angel spake more things unto me, which were heard by my brethren, but I did not hear them; for when I heard the words—If thou wilt be destroyed of thyself, seek no more to destroy the church of God—I was struck with such great fear and amazement lest perhaps I should be destroyed, that I fell to the earth and I did hear no more.
12But I was racked with eternal torment, for my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree and racked with all my sins.
13Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell; yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments.
14Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction; yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought of coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My farewell talk will be held Sunday, February 20th, in Portland, OR at the St. Johns building at 2pm. There will be an open house following in Scappoose, OR, from 7 to 9 pm if you would like to come and wish me off well.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you everyone for your support.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Joseph Smith taught that Zion is to be America as a whole from north to south, and that Zion is to be where the mountain of the Lord should be, and that it should be in the center of the land. Independence will be Zion; it has been prophecised.
I was looking at my giant wall map of the United States the other day and made an awesome discovery: Independence, MO, is the center of America.
I don't know about you, but my mind was blown! The connection brought me joy.