Many Things to talk about. Not a lot of time.
Slagelse is great. Næsten ingen bakker (almost no hills)! Sister Floyd is greater. We are the funniest people you have ever seen. It’s bad. In fact we were saying that the only reason Heavenly Father stuck us together was because He was bored. “He’s up there with His popcorn, His favorite slik rund omkring, you KNOW” Sister Floyd is a mix between Sofi and Speedy. We get along SO well!
Okay. So. The man that played Jesus in The Testaments movie is Danish and his name is Thomas Kofoed. I’ve shaken his hand. So we were reading some very old (like 20 years old) Liahonas and we found a picture. Of Thomas Kofod. When he was 16 dressed as a clown. It was the most hilarious thing we have ever seen. We’re like “The pre-Jesus life!”
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Tillykke med Mors Dag! It was a crazy day! We woke up early to make something for the fællesspising after church, get all dolled up to Skype our mothers, practice the song we’re singing in church, and prepare a section of a lesson for Relief Society. We helped our lovely investigator Marianne get ready for church, I bore my testimony (which could have been better), AND sang a duet in Sacrament Meeting with Sister Floyd (that we found out we were doing the night before). We had to find Marianne a ride home and then bike back to church before Relief Society was over.
We had the wonderful opportunity to talk to our families! It was so good to see them! And I got to Skype with Ian too! I thought it was SO awesome that we are both on missions at the same time. I love my Family! It went by too fast! I was so exhausted afterwards.
Let me now tell you about Marianne. She’s getting baptized in June. She’s old, she’s sick, but she is a character. She’s fantastic and hilarious. She makes the best sound effects in the world. She’s so loving and has so much faith! She’s so excited to be a part of the church; the only thing holding her back are her physical limitations. I love her so much!
Okay. So a few weeks ago at district meeting Elder Hawkes was teaching about following up on commitments and assigned us scriptures to study and report on. I was so excited to report about mine, but then he told us that we weren’t actually going to report about them because it was just an object lesson. I was so mad! Then the next week he said that we could actually report, but he forgot. So I decided to report to you guys, and the past few times I’ve emailed, I’ve forgotten my little book, but I brought it this time! Woo!
4/23/15 – Moroni 10:32-33
“Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him…” – 3 Nephi 12:48 (Matt 5:48)
Christ commands us to come and be perfect, which is impossible in this life. We’re human and we make mistakes, BUT in verse 32 it talks about grace. It tells us how we can be perfect:
1. Deny yourself of all ungodliness
2. Love God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength
3. Nowise deny the power of God
THEN is His grace sufficient; only then will the grace of God kick in. In the bible dictionary it says that “Grace cannot suffice without total effort on the part of the recipient.” Grace is a free gift, but in verse 33 it mentions that it’s a covenant with God. If we promise to do those things necessary to become perfect, He promises that through the blood of Christ we can utilize that grace and achieve perfection.
I was also thinking about how repentance ties into this picture. When we repent of our sins, we’re smoothing out a rough spot on our stone. Each time we repent AND never do it again, we’re making use of the gift of the Atonement and coming closer to perfection. Being perfect doesn’t just mean being resurrected and receiving a perfect body (which everyone will have), it also means perfecting your mind and spirit. I think of a cake that looks beautiful and delicious, then you cut it and the inside is smelly and full of seaweed. If we aren’t grateful and don’t show our gratitude for the infinite gift that God has given us, though we may have it, we don’t deserve it, which is why those who show that gratitude by following God’s commandments and striving towards perfection will be blessed to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Celestial Kingdom. Having a perfect body does not compare in the slightest to all the blessings God has prepared for those that keep His commandments and love Him.
(References: 1 Corin. 2:9, Isaiah 64:4, D&C 76:5-10, Bible Dictionary: God, Standard of Righteousness)
Have a wonderful week!
“Too bad we couldn’t plank on a sheep”
Me: “I think I have a bug bite here. jk, that’s my ankle…”
Søs Floyd picked a random tulip. “It’s our garden! WE are the gardeners here!”
“That awkward moment between the pre-mortal life and the resurrection”
Anne-Marie: “Sometimes the word chimichanga gets stuck in my head.”