October 24, 2016 {Week 71}: Some great scriptures

Soooooo a couple quick things and then some scriptures to brighten the day and make y’all think about life and the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I get to live and preach everyday– sometimes I wish y’all could really understand what it is like to be a missionary, but really only those who have served understand what it is like.

Random side note-somehow or another as a missionary I get along with practically EVERYONE- it’s incredible…and for those who knew me pre-mission, surprising.

Some for the first time ever I am working with a investigator who has a problem with the Word of Wisdom.  For those who don’t know the Word of Wisdom is a health code that the Lord has revealed to us in the latter days that we are as members of the Church live by. It includes:

Not consuming-
tea, coffee, alcohol, tobbaco, drugs(obviously), and another substances that could be potentially harmful or addictive (for example if you KNOW you really like soda and you can’t go without soda you might not be living the word of wisdom as well as you should or could)

Other than the advice against harmful or addictive things, the Lord has also said that we should eat of the fruit of the vine and vegetables and use all meat in prudence.  It also talks of the uses of grain and the benefits of all these things.

The purpose of the Word of Wisdom is to keep our physical bodies healthy and strong so that our spirits are more susecptible to the whisperings of the Spirit and so that God can dwell in us… no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God and He likewise cannot dwell in any unclean thing.

The biggest promise of the Word of Wisdom is this:
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledgeeven hidden treasures;
20 And shall run and not be wearyand shall walk and not faint.
21 And I, the Lord, give unto them promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them.  Amen.

Anyhow we have A LOT of progressing menos activos lately and we are working super hard with them so they can get back to church and start renenwing their baptismal covenants…  I hurts me when people say “well I can just worship at home so I don’t need to go to church” well yeahhhhh you can, but what is the reason we actually even GO to church? It is so we can take the sacrament and remember the atonement of Christ and renew the promises we made at baptism!  I wish people could understand that better instead of just sitting around thinking their life is great when it could be SO MUCH BETTER.

Yeah so we played basketball a couple mornings this week with the zone as well so that’s been cool.  Last week we watched Meet the Mormons for the zone activity and it was a good watch. A definite movie recommendation jajaja!

Y’all should definitely think about getting into family history work! We live in the age where hearts shall turn to the fathers so let’s do our part and get to know our ancestors!  I personally have a obsession with indexing(which is basically taking info on paper records and moving it to the internet. Its’ the beeeeest). But personal family history work is a really good pasttime and a good way to get to know your family, ad maybe even memebrs of your family you didn’t know you had!

Why we have the Book of Mormon AND the Bible and what we should do with the knowledge of this–

Mormon 7:8-9
Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus,and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.
For behold, this is written for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers,and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.

Ether 12: 23-28
23 And said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock atthese things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;
24 And thou hast made us that we could write but little,because of the awkwardness of our hands. Behold, thou hast not made us mighty in writing like unto the brother of Jared, for thou madest him that the things which he wrote were mighty even as thou art, unto the overpowering of man to read them.
25 Thou hast also made our words powerful and great,even that we cannot write them; wherefore, when we write we behold our weaknessand stumble because of the placing of our words; and fear lest the Gentiles shall mock at our words.
26 And when had said this, the Lord spake unto me,saying: Fools mockbut they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;
27 And if men come unto me will show unto them their weaknessgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will make weak things become strong unto them.
28 Behold, will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and will show unto them that faithhope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.

3 Nephi 26:9-11
And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, andif it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.
10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things,then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.
11 Behold, was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: will try the faith of my people.

Alma 37: 5-12
And now behold, if they are kept they must retain their brightness; yea, and they will retain their brightness; yea,and also shall all the plates which do contain that which is holy writ.
Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about this great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many ofthe error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls.
Yea, say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain, which are on these plates, Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many thousands of the Lamanites of the incorrect tradition of their fathers; yea, these records and their words brought them unto repentance; that is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer.
10 And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of them, yea, and also many thousands of our stiffnecked brethren, the Nephites, who are now hardening their hearts in sin and iniquities, to the knowledge of their Redeemer?
11 Now these mysteries are not yet fully made known unto me; therefore shall forbear.
12 And it may suffice if only say they are preserved for wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.

Words of Mormon 1:11
11 And they were handed down from king Benjamin,from generation to generation until they have fallen into my handsAnd I, Mormon, pray to God that they may be preserved from this time henceforth. And know that they will be preserved; for there are great things written upon them, out of which my people and their brethren shall be judged at the great and last day, according to the word of God which is written.

Omni 1:25
25 And it came to pass that began to be old; and, having no seed, and knowing king Benjamin to be just man before the Lord, wherefore, shall deliver up these plates unto him, exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and in the giftof speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages, and in all things which are goodfor there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord: and that which is evil cometh from the devil.

I really love having 2 testaments of Christ at my fingertips to read and ponder and study and receive personal revelation that I need.  I know that lots of things require faith and it is the same with the Book of Mormon. We need faith to believe…. but if we pray in faith then we will KNOW that the Book of Mormon is true.  I am firmly convinced that anyone who has read the Book of Mormon with an open, willing heart, has felt the Spirit.  If that is the case then our final step is to pray in faith and then act upon that answer… as Moroni invites.

Moroni 10: 3-5
Behold, would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not trueand if ye shall ask with sincere heartwith real intenthaving faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

Love you all oodles!
Hna E Butikofer

Recommended reading:
Ether 4

compendio de 2 escrituras this week! Mormon 7:3 and 3 Nephi 21:20-21

3 Know 
ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved.

20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will cut off from among my people, house of Israel;
21 And will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.



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