Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob
So this week we had ZTM and it was really spiritual. Mostly because the missionaries in the Zone really needed some extra spiritual juice. There are lots of people that are struggling right now in the Zone. They called me Thursday after studies and asked if I could instruct on Friday I said yes. I would like to share with all of you my instruction:
In Moses 1:4 Heavenly father calls Moses "my son" now for us that is no big deal we all know that we are sons and Daughters of God. But let us look at Moses and his life for a minute. Here is a boy that isn't even supposed to be alive he is, by necessity abandon by his parents and found by the Pharaoh's daughter floating down the river in a basket. This is where he got his name MOSES means "Son of..." we see this in the name Ramses or Ramoses it is a root. So here is a boy that has gone his whole life not knowing who he was or why he was here. Whose literal name means Son of None. He is alone and then all of the sudden in Moses 1:4 he knows. He knows who he is and what he has to do! All of the sudden he goes from being a nobody to being so cool. Now do we know who we are and what we have to do. For me my purpose is easy it is spelled out for me in Preach my Gospel, but maybe you all have a little different or completely different purpose, but we know who we are. We are Children of the most powerful being in the Universe! We are heirs to his kingdom! There is power in that! The faith and the confidence that that brings will change your life it you choose to do so.
Before my mission I liked to listen to Ted Talks and there was one that was talking about stress. They did an experiment they asked about 100 people in their mid 50s if stress was good for them or not? If it is going to extend they life or shorten it? They were split about 50 50. Then they just watched the obituaries and waited to see. What they found out was amazing. They found out that they were right! The people that thought stress was bad for them and that it would shorten their lives were right they died sooner. The people that thought that stress was good for them that my racing heart is helping me. They lived on average 10 years longer.
Now why does this matter? Who gives a crap? What this means is not only is Agency a gift but it is a power. There is a talk by Richard C. Edgley titled Faith-the Choice is yours. In this talk he talks all about the power of Choice and our ability to Choose. That is how awesome you are! You can choose such things!
Lastly Mom showed me something before my mission that I didn't get the significant of until Thursday it is an experiment call Emoto's Water Experiment: the Power of thought in this the looked at water through a telescope. while they Prayed, argued, and spoke kindly to one another. The water took notice of them and changed! it cleared and crystalized. The point is that the Water responded. It is aware of you! Because of your heritage the water is watching you. You are so awesome that the very elements are watching you. This is why we need to share the Gospel and share how awesome each and everyone of you are, Everyone!! This is what we have to share with the world their divine Heritage! How cool is our calling is we have got to share this message!!
Sent Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Author: President Hansen
They have done similar studies with plants.
THE VISION OF THE SOUTH
"Make no small plans: This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the church than all other English speaking missions in the world together....We will see the time when we will baptize hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...In your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be temples plural in the Southern States. What a great call you have to serve with these marvelous people." President Spencer W. Kimball