Sunday, July 1, 2012
We sent Kent a GPS unit. He discovered the unique road layout used in the East when he was transfered to Knightdale. He said whoever thought up the road system had never heard of the "straight and narrow way". He had also noticed "Everything is so green here. Even on the sides of the road. The funny thing is that only a few people have sprinklers. Its starting to get a little more humid though...
I have been praying that my friends and family will have their faith strengthened and stronger testimonies. I have learned that one of the most common and effective ways to grow is by adversity. One of my mission presidents favorite quotes is, "Theres no growth without discomfort." By going through adversity we learn by experience and the things we experience become a part of us. That is so neat to me. By experience, the gospel becomes a large part of our very natures. When this happens, we are natrually inclined to share the gospel. We want to share our testimonies more. We want to be more obediant, we look to Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father for their enabling power, "grace" and as we look toward them for that changing power of the atonement, we are changed. Even the things that we sometimes think could never change. I read a talk on that a while back. its so wonderful that our Heavenly Father provides such amazing help. Help enough for any burden and more. He can comfort us more than enough. The things that matter to us matter to him. He understands our thoughts. He sees where we need change. He sees what we can do, and by his stripes we are healed. The reason why it sounds like my prayers are being answered is because it sounds like each of my family members are struggling. From each of the letters or emails I have recieved that i hear people are struggling, I also hear something about the gospel and how they are applying it into their lives. Joseph Smith said that "God calls us in our weakness" and this that we may be humble, and God's grace is sufficient for all who humble themselves before him. He can even make the weakest things about us become strong. This is something that i am working on right now. There are struggles that I have too. They are very hard, and I look forward to the time when I can look back and see what I have over come because of my savior. My life will then be a testimony for all to see that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, our mediator, our friend our councilor, our brother. In a hymn i sang on sunday the song said that he loves us with a love that cannot end. Wow, he must love us so much. He loves everyone. His mecry is so wonderful. He has all knowledge and power. He even suffered for us. he suffered according to the flesh that he may know how to succor his people acording to their infirmities. Oh sweet the joy this sentence gives, I know that my redeemer lives. We may or may not see drastic changes in our lives all at once when we come unto him, but everything we think or do makes us who we are. Or in other words, we are the sum total of all of our thoughts and actions so far in our lives. And no matter how hard things become, he will not forsaken us. Our challenges will be for our experience and good. God is able to take the bad things and turn them into good things. I know its true.
Elder Kent Masulonis