Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alma 26: 12, 22 - Boast not in yourself but in God. He has promised blessings.

Hey family!

I'm glad the surveys finally started again.  I'm seriously LOLing.  Or was.  The questions 
are hilarious.  And the answers.  I've hit the half way mark at the MTC.  It's crazy 
how quickly the time has flown by here.  But seriously.  Once general conference comes,  I'll only have two weeks!! 

This week has been a great one.  Full of spiritual promptings.  I can talk in Spanish better than I ever could the three years that I took it in high school.  Isn't that loco?!  The thing is though that I only know Gospel phrases.  So when we walk into our ''investigators'' home the first few minutes are full of awkward silences.  Which I can't stand.  The weather yesterday was amazing!!! The clouds creeping down on the mountain.  Oh man.  Reminded me of the Misty Mountains in LOTR.  And volleyball was awesome.  The sand felt great.  And the air.  EVERYTHING DID!  I cherish those 50 minutes each day.  It'll be hard to part with volleyball once I leave but the Chile will be soooo much better!
n D&C 59:8, it talks about the sacrifice we make to God. This sacrifice is a broken heart and a contrite spirit.  It isn't a physical sacrifice, but a spiritual one.  True conversion comes once someone has these two.  When they have a broken heart they realize that God is everything.  They become one with their Heavenly Father.  They realize that they are nothing without the mercy of God.  Once they have a contrite heart they become like the people in Mosiah 24: 10-16.  These people were in bondage and they were suffering tremendously. They prayed to the Lord to ease their burdens and to help them through.  The Lord eased SOME of their burdens.  Even though they still suffered, they suffered with joy that the Lord had heard them. Conversion can only take place when a person is willing to submit all to the Lord and come to the realization that without Him, they are nothing.

My computer keeps freezing.  Patience.....

Every day I look forward to personal study.  It is a time during the day when I can just focus on the doctrines of the Gospel.  I love it. 

I promise that my emails will get more interesting once I arrive in Chile!! But I hope they are interesting now. 

Love you all!
Elder Weidman

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jacob 1:19 - "teach them the word of God with all diligence"

Hey family!

This week has been great, especially since I got to see Danny and Mary! My face was red due to the unexpectedness of the visit and the excitement I had.  I had no idea they would be there! My Spanish is coming along great now! I can practically understand all of what our "investigators" are saying each lesson.  And I have half of Doctrina y convenios seccion cuatro memorized en espanol! My goal for this week is to memorize it all, and I just started memorizing it on Monday.  It a lot easier to memorize it since I know it so well in English. (Thanks Bishop and Brother Callister) Our district is trying really hard to speak our mission language as much as possible.  It's hard to remember to do that and also to think before I speak. I'm not use to that. At all.

I have learned that The Gospel is an eternal well that will never dry.  It is endless and you can always keep learning and growing spiritually from it.  A testimony is also a well that is endless, but it can dry if you don't use and refresh it each day.  You need to nourish it with pray and scripture study each day.  My testimony has become on of my most valued possessions right now. The well needs to be full at all times so that I can draw some "spiritual water" out of it when the Spirit promps me to. 

Last night at the devotional Elder Koelliker spoke.  I think he spoke at a recent general conference but I loved his devotional. He had us split our note taking into two sections: His words and the promptings of the Spirit.  Here are some promptings that I feel inclined to share.  The mission has three jobs.  Planters, Nourishers, and Harvesters.  I could be all three or just one.  It doesn't matter though.  All three focus around bring others closer to Christ.  In order for the field to be white, there must be seeds planted and then nourished. 

The whole mission is an act of service but the end result is more than just a garden, it is eternal life.  It is living with Heavenly Father in His Kingdom.

I need to always have humility.  I am on the Lord's errand. This is my job. He is my boss. I need to be willing to do as He says.  The key word is willing.

During personal study I have come to love the Book of Mormon.  That book will never have a false teaching or leave you sad after you read it.  SO READ IT!

Lo siento for BYU.

Thank you for the package! Those goldfish was quite possibly the most delicious food I have eaten while at the MTC.  And the mint M&M'S.   Tasty!

I love you all and pray for you!

Elder Weidman

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1 Nephi 10:19 - Diligently seek by the power of the Holy Ghost

Hey family!

I sorry to hear about the news about Uncle Wayne.  It's a sad yet joyful event. According to words of mi hermano " We know where he is now."  I couldn't have said it any better.  He truly is in a better place.  Yesterday my district and I were talking about ancestors.  I came to the conclusion those close to us who have passed away are strengthening us each day.  They still love us and do everything possible to help us.  I had a neat experience this past Sunday.  I got to bless the sacrament AND speak in sacrament.  Both in Spanish!  While I was baring my testimony at the end, in spanish let me remind you, tears came to my eyes when I testified of the truthfulness of eternal families.  That was the first time that I have had an experience like that while speaking Spanish.  I will never forget that.  I would say that our eternal family is one of the strongest parts of my testimony.  I have no doubt that we will see each other once we die.  This brings peace to my heart.
I have been having strong impressions to study about obedience recently.  Obedience is the crucial for missionaries.  Not only missionaries, but as humans on this Earth.  We were sent here to be tested.  The blessings God has for us are unlimited.  How many we receive depends on our obedience to Him.  Obedience is an act of faith.  I know that to be true.  Faith without works is dead.  Faith without obedience is dead.  I wish I could type more about this but I limited on time. 

One of the missionaries in my district is afraid that he will change while on his mission.  He doesn't want to be a different person. He wants to grow.  This statement really effected me.  There is a difference between changing and growing.  We are told to stay who are we on the mission.  Don't become a missionary clone.  But there is a need to grow.  I know that as I focus on the mission and my investigators, I will grow to become the man I want to be. The man the Lord wants me to be.  I probably won't notice this growth until after my mission but I hope it will come.

One last thing I felt impressed to share.  In devotional review last night, President Wilkins explained how in the Garden, Jesus saw all of our lives.  He saw my lives.  He bore my burdens and took some of that yoke on himself.  He did this with a willing heart!  I promise that we are never alone.  Christ knows exactly what we are going through.  He knows how to comfort us.  He is waiting for us to turn to Him.  All we need to do is seek Him in pray.  And a thought came to my head then.  The burden of the mission is so light compared to the burden of one sin.

Thank you for all your letters! They mean a lot to me!

Keep it up BYU.  Beat them Utes.

I love and pray for you all!

Elder Weidman

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Picture 1. We so happy
Picture 2. Beautiful sunrise
Picture 3. Elder Sunderland (the artist from Canada)  The picture he drew is me.
Picture 4. Game night
Picture 5. Thanks Brother Callister!
Picture 6. Me and Elder Thackeray (mi companero)
Picture 7. The district
Picture 8. The best view in Utah

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

3rd Nephi 19:20-22, 27-29 - The Lord has chosen those He allows to serve.

Hey family!
This week has been a great one.  It's crazy how fast it went by. Spanish is going great.  The Gift of Tongues is amazing.  In high school, Spanish was my worst class. It was no bueno.  It took me forever to memorize words and I wouldn't have enough patience for it.  Here at the MTC, it's amazing how much I can learn in one hour of language study.  Just the other day I memorized the First Vision in Spanish in one hour.  The hand of the Lord was definitely there for that. I'm not that smart.  I had a really neat experience this week.  We had a workshop yesterday that was focusing on teaching through the Holy Ghost.   At the beginning of the class, our teacher had us write down one question that if we had the chance, we could ask God and he would answer it no matter the question.  I didn't have the best choice for a question. It had something to do with BYU and football this season.  BUT then the teacher had us prepare a random 3 minute lesson that we felt impressed to prepare.  After preparing it, he had us teach it to the Elder sitting across from us, an elder I had never met.  My lesson was centered around the scripture that is the subject of this email. I began teaching this elder and talking about how the Lord has chosen us specifically to be representatives of Jesus Christ.  Holy cow was the Spirit strong.  This elder told me that he was speaking to Brother Monson the other day about his worst fear right now, which is that he isn't worthy enough to have the name of Christ on his chest.  No worthiness issues, he just didn't feel he was strong enough.  He said that Brother Monson quoted the exact scriptures that my lesson was focused on.  We were both amazed about how the Spirit truly knew the scriptures he needed to hear. An experience to save.
Next was the devotional last night.  I hope mom and dad got to hear it.  It was the best talk I've heard on repentance quite possibly ever.  The key points I got out of it is that repentance is a change of who you are and can only happen through love for God.  Repentance is when you feel pain for the sin you have committed and you feel the sorrow that God has for you.  We have to have the feelings that Alma felt in Alma 36:12-20.  Repentance is an action word.  It's a need AND desire to change spiritually and physically.Once one has repented, they need to have the same confidence as the crowd that listened to King Benjamin in Mosiah 5:2,5.  They need  to have no more desire to do evil. Also Elder Kopichka focused on that the only way to teach with conviction is by truly knowing what you're teaching. I loved that devotional.  Dad is there a way that you could maybe pull a few strings and get me that talk. I don't know if you can. But you are who you are. So.. Maybe.
I'm sorry to hear about Uncle Wayne.  He's in my prayers. 
I'm excited to see the Brigham City Temple when I come back.  Many elders in my district have been to it.  One elder actually lived in Brigham City.  Elder Morley. Recognize the name dad?
THANK YOU for all the treats! Especially that cake Brother Callister.  And the cookies dad. All 20 of them. Or how ever much there are.  And for the package with my water bottle. I've been dying without it!
For those of you who want letters from your favorite youngest brother, I still need addresses....... And letters....
I'm gonna try to include pictures in a separate email. Hopefully they work. 
I pray for all of you every night.
Elder Weidman