Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5/30/16 - 6th LETTER FROM VERNON


"You think we'll get one?" Elder Jenkins asked, staring at the Rugby III flip phone sitting on the elder's dresser. The time was 10:24 pm, 6 minutes 'til bed time.

"Well, all I am saying is that 'tri's' rarely last a transfer, man..." Elder Stock said, writing a whole three lines in his journal and tossing it on the dresser.

"I'm going to Haida Gwaii..." Elder Scully announced...with no authority to do so whatsoever...

A minute passed. The phone lay motionless on the dresser. No noise, no ring, no nothing...

"Well, this is awesome! We defeated the transfer cycle! No more must we suffer under the reign of sudden moving news, no more must we--" Elder Stock's speech was silenced by the ringing of the phone. The room went silent.

And with that, they discovered that Elder Jenkins was going to Abbotsford, and Elder Stock and Elder Scully (the dynamic duo of all time) were staying in Vernon with a new guy. Elder Meline, coming in to help them in their fight for the cause of Christ.

The week's been great. Too many miracles to record in an email, but I have just been struck this week by both the simplicity and power of the doctrine of Christ, His gospel. And how it is truly the only way to salvation through His infinite Atonement. Over my mission thus far, I have felt the power of His gospel affect my life. Having faith in Him and His sacrifice for us, choosing to repent and improve each day, keeping the covenants I have made at baptism and serving others, and enjoying the Spirit's guidance and comfort have truly become a pattern of living for me. 

It's my goal to have the doctrine of Christ written within my heart, infused in the very marrow of my bones, to be my very nature. And I am here on a mission to help others do the same, it is not enough to do this once. We need to be continually partaking of this gospel. And as we do, we will find eternal blessings!

My companions are great and I am excited for a new companion to be with and to be able to do this great work continually. This mission is on fire!!!! This work will roll forth. There ain't no stopping it. I know that God is our Heavenly Father, that He lives and loves us personally and more than we can comprehend. That His plan for us, centered on His Son, Jesus Christ is perfect. And I know that by the power of the Holy Ghost. And I know that even through hard times. He is there for me. And that is why I serve, that is why I do anything in the gospel. To show my love and gratitude to my Savior. This is it, people. This is the truth. The way. The life. We found it and what a blessing that is!

Never forget the Lord's promises to you, for "God is powerful to the fulfilling of all His words. For He will fulfill all His promises which He shall make unto you, for He has fulfilled His promises which He has made unto our fathers" (Alma 37:16-17). He is there. Of this, I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Have a great week!
Elder Stock
An antique smart car?
That lazy p-day selfie though!!!

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