Another awesome week has passed by. Pretty Crazy! So this week was packed full of fun stuff!
We had ZCM, which is Zone Conference Meeting. We had to drive all the way to Medford which was fun. Road Trip! It was the last ZCM with President Young. (President and Sister Young have been amazing and so supportive while Kevin was home. I am really going to miss them.) We sang Army of Helaman as the Youngs walked in. He is going home in a couple weeks. I'm sure going to miss him. The Young's are awesome! I can't wait for Mission Reunions. (He's already talking about reunions. ??) They are going to be awesome. So the ZCM is really fun. Lots of talks and role plays. We learned a lot from The Youngs. We also had
a huge Testimony Meeting. There were like 60+ Missionaries there. A really spiritual meeting.
Morning studies were difficult this week. I'm so tired in the mornings. (Poor guy is soo tired.) It's so hard to stay awake haha. I wish I could sleep in.
This week we met a really cool MMA Fighter. He's about 21. We are teaching him now.
This week we had our first Missionary night at the church. We had a bunch of Pizza and watched the church movies about John Tanner and John Moyle. A bunch of investigators and members showed up. Great
I had an exchange with Elder Allen. It was really fun. We had some fun experiences tracting. This one big crazy dog almost attacked us. (Kevin has this weird thing with dogs. They always want to attack or chase him for some reason) It was crazy! Then some crazy buddhist lady didn't want to talk to us.
This week we did some service with F. He's a really cool guy. Him and his two sons are members. They are Raider Fans too.
This morning some Elders and I climbed Hogs Back which is the highest hill/mountain around here. It was soo hard, but it was totally worth it. The view was awesome up on top and we took some awesome pictures. It
was really fun. I lost our cellphone though so we are going to have to call the office for a new one. Ooops haha.
I found a lot of good stuff in my studies this week but this one talk I really liked.
Bishop Gary E. Stevenson
Now, consider how your pathway to eternal life is similar to these athletes’ “four-minute performance.” You are an eternal being. Before you were born, you existed as a spirit. In the presence of a loving Heavenly Father, you trained and prepared to come to earth for a brief moment and, well, perform. This life is your four minutes. While you are here, your actions will determine whether you win the prize of eternal life. The prophet Amulek described, “This life is the time …to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day …to perform [your] labors.”
In a sense, your four minutes have already begun. The clock is ticking. The words of the Apostle Paul seem so fitting: to run the race, that you may obtain the prize.
In the same way that certain steps are essential in the very brief performance of an Olympic athlete--jumps or maneuvers for ice skaters and snowboarders, negotiating the turns of a bobsled run, or carving through the gates of a downhill slalom course--so it is in our lives,where certain things are absolutely essential--checkpoints which move us through our spiritual performance on earth. (Sports related of course. No wonder this stuck out to him.) These spiritual markers are the essential God-given ordinances of the gospel: baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, priesthood ordinations, temple ordinances, and partaking of the sacrament each week.
“In the[se] ordinances … , the power of godliness is manifest.”
And in the same way that the discipline of training prepares an athlete to perform elements in his or her sport at the highest level, keeping the commandments will qualify you to receive these saving ordinances.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “I already blew it. My four minutes are already a disaster. I may as well give up.” If so, stop thinking that, and never think it again. The miracle of the Atonement can make up for imperfections in our performance. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has taught:
“To those of you … who may still be hanging back, … I testify of the renewing power of God’s love and the miracle of His grace. … “… It is never too late so long as the Master … says there is time. …Don’t delay.”
Remember, you are not alone. The Savior has promised that He will not leave you comfortless. You also have family, friends, and leaders who are cheering you on.
Well enjoy your week. I love you so much and tell everyone I say HI.
Kevin sent a TON of pictures, but here are a few of my favorites.
Top of Hogs Back
Yep, that would be Kevin on those stairs. Ha!
A member in the Branch owns a "fancy restaurant", as Kevin calls it.
I think they eat there weekly. They don't seem to eat at members homes very often.
President and Sister Young (Mission President and his wife). Amazing people!!!