"Questions of the Soul"

April 14, 2014

Buenos Familia!

I just talked to a Spanish Man in the Walmart parking lot. He was extremely frustrating to talk to but hey, I can still speak well :P

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We'd heard that President Porter had asked the missionaries to do an assignment.  They're to come up with three "questions of the soul" that they have seen investigators struggle with.  Then write an essay/answer using the Book of Mormon to answer them. Basically write out what they would teach the investigator. 

So, for the three "questions of the soul" this is what I sent to President Porter so far, but he wants the answers to be about a page each... blech. 
1. How are prayers answered?

God will direct us into good as we ask him for help (Alma 37:37). Jesus Christ himself instructed the Apostles in Ancient America to teach us to pray on our knees to the Father in the name of Christ (3 Nephi 19:6). As we do this, our prayers will be answered by the Almighty. God answers us through the Holy Ghost which shows us all things that we should do (2 Nephi 32:5). It maybe hard to recognize the answer from God because it may not come all at once (2 Nephi 28:30) and the Holy Ghost comes in a quiet piercing voice that we can miss if we are not looking for the answer (Helaman 5:30), but the answer will come.

2. How can I relieve my emotional pain?

In order to understand why we even have pain, we must understand that God has sent us to this earth to learn and to repent (2 Nephi 2:21). God gives us an alarm system in our spirits to know when we must repent, and that repentance process leads to feeling clean and being joyful (Mosiah 4:10-12). God commands us to be baptized once we repent, in order to stand spotless in His sight (3 Nephi 27:20). 

3. How can I be truly happy?

Simply, we must do what God wants us to do and we will be blessed and receive the lasting happiness that only God can give (Mosiah 2:41).

We had a baptism this week! We were asked not to post names on blogs so I don't know if that means just last names or what but his first name is Mike and his handicapped son is Shawn. He got baptized too because he wanted to. When he [Shawn] got into the font it was way funny because he said, "Wait! I need a floatie...) hahaha such a funny kid! 

Lately I have been looking at myself inwardly and I realize that I have changed quite a bit since I came out here to the Greater OCM [Ohio Cincinnati Mission]. The things that I used to care about most like Call of Duty, Adventure Time, and just sitting on the couch don't appeal to me near as much. Now I look forward to being with my family for dinner and talking about what they are up to. I look forward to having the gospel library app where I have all the manuals and scriptures I could ever want! And if I could only listen to music from LDS.org for the rest of my life I would be ok with that. Dad will probably chuckle at the fact that I listen to more Hugh Nibley lectures than I do music lately :P Talks over music is an old man thing! 

I really wonder how much my mission was for other people when I look at how much I have learned from it. I am sure it's all about them but I have a personal witness that you find yourself when you lose yourself in the work of the Lord. I might come back even more studly than when I left if you can even believe that ;P Someday I will catch Uncle Danny in coolness! Which reminds me how much I am going to miss watching the world cup... Oh well! The Book Of Mormon is what really entertains me now!

Pretty random thoughts I know. Easter should be great, I am planning on going to chruch with the rest of America and getting higher numbers of investigators at sacrament meeting, however I will never catch the 50 that Elder Barney had down in the Philippines*

Waffle House and Elder Sunderland!! My favorites!
Easter.Mormon.org has a super awesome new video!! Watch it and share it with everyone! Share all of the memes that the Church has for this sweet video! #becuaseofhim

I sure love you family!

Here are some pictures.

Elder Fivas

* "We had over 50
investigators at church! One of our members is a teacher at a college and he invited all of his students to come to church and they all came!" Elder Tyrel Barney