Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls and the Timing of Service

So, last P-day we went on a hike. I was more like a walk. It was fun though. It was one we did last time. We were by a lake, and kind of walked around that. We went with a few other missionaries. So, it was fun; I still probably would have liked to play basketball a little more (haha). But, that's okay.

This P-day I'm making cinnamon rolls. I'm almost done with them. In a few minutes they are going to be ready to put in the oven. That will be fun. I made enough for the whole zone. So that should be delicious. I made them way back in Whitehorse one time. Elder Hartman is one of the zone leaders up here, so he's the only one that has tried them, besides a couple of other missionaries who are not in Fairbanks. But, anyway – that's exciting, and then we will probably play basketball. We will probably play games, too.

We had a good lesson with one of our investigators. We felt the Spirit while we were teaching, and the Spirit was able to witness that it was true. We are excited to see how things go from there. We invited her to read the Book of Mormon, and pray about it. She said she would.

We were also were able to arrive at this lady's less active house right after she had gotten off the phone with some very sad news. It was good to be there for her when she needed help. It was a neat experience, because we arrived there (seriously) right after she had gotten off the phone. We were able to talk to her home teachers, and sent them over. They were planning on going over yesterday after priesthood.

There is another person we are teaching who has a lot of stuff to work through. He's getting married and needs to obey the Word of Wisdom. There lives are kind of a mess right now, but they just need to see how resilient they are, and are still progressing even though there is so much going on. Our investigator is able to come closer to God and he is feeling the Spirit and the peace and joy that comes through that. So they are able to get through some of their trials and struggles. So, we'll see how things go with them and hope for the best. We'll just keep sharing the light with them. So far they are doing pretty good.

In my studies, I was thinking a lot about the Holy Ghost; just studying about how I can learn to recognize it more and be guided by it. So I thought of a couple of questions that I'm finding the answers to. I was wondering why the Gift of the Holy Ghost was not operative during the time of Christ. Why he didn't just bestow it while he was there and wait until after he ascended into heaven for the people to get the Gift of the Holy Ghost. So that was my question. So that makes we wonder too, well then in the Book of Mormon they operated under the Melchizedek Priesthood. So did they have the Gift of the Holy Ghost? How did Lehi get his Melchizedek Priesthood was the next question? They had the temple, but he wasn't a Levite. And, they talk about the priesthood in Alma 13, and they have high priests. So I was kind of thinking when the Holy Ghost stopped being operative was when the people rejected the higher law, and they got the Law of Moses; because they lost the blessings and privileges of the Melchizedek Priesthood. So they only had the Aaronic Priesthood, and when you only have the Aaronic Priesthood you can baptize for the remission of sins, but you cannot bestow the Gift of the Holy Ghost – that is a Melchizedek Priesthood thing. So, I'm thinking it's then when it stopped being operative. But anyway, that's kind of what I've been thinking about lately.

I'm having fun up here in Fairbanks. It's getting a lot colder. All the leaves are gone, and it's frosting. Winter should be coming very quickly. But, it's exciting (haha). Elder Beirne is not enjoying the cold that much, because he's from Hawaii and Arizona. But, he's making it. Yeah, Fairbanks is awesome. It's my favorite area. That's it, see you later.

Love, Elder Record

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