October 3, 2016 {Week 68}: A couple thoughts on General Conference

So I actually didn’t have like ANY time this morning to think about what I wanted to write to y’all and didn’t even pick out my medetizar entonces va a disculpar…

It’s been a heck of a week, just lots of lessons, lots of new contacts, someone with a fecha(I’m going to, hopefully, be planning another wedding here this month…. having mixed feelings about that….), lots of visits with members and lots of rushed walking to make it to appointments on time…. However life is good as always…. My companion is still struggling a little bit with the heat, the mission culture, and the food and Bolivian culture, but we are valiantly working hard so that she can forget herself and in the process become more acclimated.

I find that the best way to progress spiritually is to forget self and never have enough time to think too hard about that past.  Our life before, ya pasó, it already happened, it’s over and it’s never gonna be the same. So just keep going(is becoming my new catch phrase)…

Conference this year was a little bit hard, like harsher than normal…  they’ve been getting on us saints so that we can actually ACTUALLY be prepared for the Second Coming… as someone said in conference “we are living in dangerous times”, and now apparently even the saints are getting more duro so they, like Mormon, have to speak a little harder so we will listen bien.  Not just as Latter-Day Saints but as good upstanding members of a world-wide Christian community…We are obligated to spread the good word and preach of Christ.

2 Nephi 25:26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for remission of their sins.

We need to speak of the Gozo of the Gospel and preach of the God of Peace, our Father in Heaven, and be valiant in our testimonies of Christ, the Son of the Eternal God.  Sometimes it is kind of intimidating to think about such things, but really it is not hard to see the signs of the times but it is also REALLY easy to find the truth and share the truth…. with technology and the interent time and space is no longer a problem about sharing the message of the Gospel(just like this little email jaja :))

What a blessing it is however to have the Restored Gospel in our lives and here on earth.  To have living apostles and a living prohpeht to lead and guide us in these latter days…  It’s a marvelous truth, as explained Uchtdorf, and another apostle mentioned that IT CAN’T BE FOUND ANYWHERE ELSE.  The truths of the Plan of Salvation are directly written in the Book of Mormon and we have the priesthood again, here on earth and it is the most comforting truth to have.  We need to stay firm to the rod and keep pressing forward when the darkness gets blacker, the fog gets thicker and the scorning and pressure gets worse.  Always loooking forward with faith will protect from becoming distracted by worldly things… sometimes its hard due to our human nothingness and our weakness as mortal beings…  I really like this explanation from the Book of Mormon.

Helaman 12:6-8
Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and reign over them; not withstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide.
O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.
For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.

So we really really REALLY need to try our best to obey and repent… they talked about repentance a lot at conference too…..  We need to repent to be prepared to enter into the presence of God again, to be saved in the first resurrection and be lifted up with the just and not the wicked.  Also explained fairly well by Samuel the Lamanite.

Helaman 14:15-19
For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.
Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.
But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.
Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.
Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death.

If we repent the redeeming light of the atonement of Christ will enter into our lives and clean and purify us for that great and last day before we must be brought before the pleasing judgment bar of God…  I’m still in preparations, as we all should be…. but eventually we can be perfected in Christ!
Love you all! Rememebr to not look back and only forward, ever forward!

Hna E Butikofer

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