Hello out there!
Today I wanted to start with a couple scriptures and then tell you about the week.
8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
So this is in Numbers 21, where the Israelites are being bitten by poisonous serpents and dying, so the Lord has Moses set up the image of a serpent on a pole, and to tell the people that if they look at it, they will live, as a symbol to look unto Christ and be healed. We found some pictures in the church library that they were throwing away, I grabbed the one that depicts this scripture as a reminder to look to Christ to be healed. We all have our own problems and sorrows and weaknesses…..the message of Christ’s gospel is to deal with our problems in a healthy way. To turn to Him instead of staying on a path of sin or dealing with our problems in unhealthy ways. As we look to Christ, we are reminded of the healthy way, and we are able to be healed from the past and move forward.
19 Behold, he (Christ) was spoken of by Moses; yea, and behold a type was raised up in the wilderness, that whosoever would look upon it might live. And many did look and live.
20 But few understood the meaning of those things, and this because of the hardness of their hearts. But there were many who were so hardened that they would not look, therefore they perished. Now the reason they would not look is because they did not believe that it would heal them.
21 O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might be healed, would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts in unbelief, and be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?
22 If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins; and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.
That is in Alma 33. I love how simple the story makes it sound…..just look, that is all they needed to do to be healed. But some wouldn’t even look, wouldn’t even try it, “because they did not believe that it would heal them.” The simplest way to look to Christ is through prayer…but we don’t always use it even though it is simple, we don’t fully trust that we can be helped and healed. I know that we can though because I have experienced that over and over.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12) “But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.” (Moroni 6:8) “Behold , he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more .” (D&C 58:42)
This week has been a slow one, but that’s all right. My favorite part of the week was Wednesday. I was on exchange in Waynesville with Sister Hart. We had a ton of opportunities to talk to random people and we were able to share the Book of Mormon with 4 people. We were talking to Waver’s rest home roommate’s friend, and gave him one, and then the roommate said “Well don’t I get one too?” So we ran to our car to grab another one.
OH!! Tuesday was Misson Leadership Conference. I lied, that was the highlight of the week. It is always awesome to get to see all the missionaries who are my friends. MLC is where the Assistants and President Griffin give trainings to the zone leaders and sister training leaders so that we can help train at zone meetings. This one was great because it is badly needed…we have had to get all these long-ish administrative trainings to get our iPads going but now it is back to real missionary work and finding. We did role plays of how to work with members, less-active members, and part-member families. It made me excited to do missionary work again. There are always so many people to go see and it is nice to be reminded of the basics.
Wednesday we called parents of young women to get them to the youth activity, and one that doesn’t come all the time ended up coming! Sometimes it is a “duh” moment when you realize how easy it is to make a phone call to invite someone or help them feel loved and included.
All right I am fixin to run out of time. Love you all!! Look at this cute picture of Sister Trommlitz, me, Sister Lundberg, and Sister Jensen!!! This is at MLC, we were all together for the first time since our little MTC district. we’re surviving!!:’)
– Sister Hale