If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
The goal of the first part is to align your will with His will. That’s how the second part works.
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
I WILL earn this.
(I’m getting close to the halfway point!)
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about something Elder Wilson said during a lesson with an investigator a while back. It’s been a note in my phone for probably a couple of months now and I wanted to put it down here.
Among many other things, Jesus Christ is known as is the Prince of Peace. His mission in life was to perform the atonement so that we could all be redeemed from our sins through the process of repentance. Peace is one of the things that repentance is all about. Along with the sins it wipes our guilt so that we can return to a state of inner peace.
How can we not want to strive for that?
Doctrine and Covenants 11:20
Behold, this is your work, to keep my commandments, yea, with all your might, mind and strength.
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
I may or may not have just written all of Doctrine and Covenants Section 4 on my bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker…
I Hope They Call Me On a Mission
Lately, I can’t get the idea of going on a mission out of my head. I literally think about it all day every day.
There are so many things standing in the way of that like financing, obligations I already have, potential familial opposition, a couple of personal things that could limit if/where I serve… but I can’t help this feeling that it’s totally possible somehow.
Last night the Elders came up to me and talked to me about helping them out with lessons soon and I could cry just thinking about it. (I’m pretty sure that was Dez’s doing, bless him. <3) I love sharing the Gospel. That’s why this blog exists. I wish I could do it all day every day. Serving a full-time mission would do so much good for others as well as for myself. I want it.
I just don’t know if I can make it happen or if it’s what I’m supposed to do. I know that if it’s what I’m meant to do and if I work at it, the Lord will give me a way.
I’m reading the Old Testament from start to finish, followed by the New Testament. (I recently finished a run of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price that took me way longer than it should have.)
I’m in Exodus right now. I want to get through 2 Samuel before January 11* and finish the Old Testament by the end of the spring semester. Then I’ll read the New Testament over the summer. Too much? Bring it on.
*There’s an Institute class that I plan to take next semester that covers 1 Kings through Malachi and I want to read along with the course.