I've decided to serve a mission! But while I'm out serving, my mom is going to be posting all my pictures and emails I send her on this blog.
Monday, June 1, 2015
18 months to Serve, a life time to reflect, NO REGRETS!
Dallin H. Oaks gave a talk titled "The Challenge to Become", in it he said..
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.
A parable illustrates this understanding. A wealthy father knew that if he were to bestow his wealth upon a child who had not yet developed the needed wisdom and stature, the inheritance would probably be wasted. The father said to his child:
“All that I have I desire to give you—not only my wealth, but also my position and standing among men. That which I have I can easily give you, but that which I am you must obtain for yourself. You will qualify for your inheritance by learning what I have learned and by living as I have lived. I will give you the laws and principles by which I have acquired my wisdom and stature. Follow my example, mastering as I have mastered, and you will become as I am, and all that I have will be yours.”
Just recently Sister Nelson (MTC, 2nd transfer companion) and I were able to go on exchanges together. Back in the same apartment, same time of year, back doing companion study together. We were doing some role plays and both of us were just so happy, why? Getting to see how much each other had grown since we had been companions. It was insane, I was just so happy! Often times it's hard to see the change in yourself, at times I wasn't sure if I was doing all that I could be doing, or becoming.
It was just nice to recognize that I have grown.
Going along with "becoming", I really loved this parable that Elder Oaks shared. “All that I have I desire to give you", I've come to feel this for myself. God doesn't distance himself from his children, when we disobey, rebel, whatever..that is what causes the gap. His want to bless us daily is always there.
I've felt what its like to been on the other side of that gap. I can also say that I have come to feel, once again, the arms of His embrace...
"there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you...on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy"
This is a gospel of change, constant progression to become more like Him. No matter your circumstance, or where you've been, He only sees where you can go."Follow my example, mastering as I have mastered, and you will become as I am, and all that I have will be yours.”