June 29, 2015
Dear Family & Friends,
Good to hear you all are so pumped for missionary work! That's cool about the Remington's! For sure I will! I have covenanted to be an EPIC member-missionary (not to mention give rides to the poor car-less missionaries... yay empathy)! For it is the members that are the GLUE of missionary work and the role-play sounds great! To be honest, Mother, after 18 months I STILL I have no idea how to approach people without getting tongue-tied and awkward. But we missionaries are weird anyway; people EXPECT you to talk to them..., which makes it all the more daunting.
We are pretty booked for Saturday, there is a ward breakfast and then a baptism for one of the Spanish Elder's investigators, where we want to bring Lun Cheng to...even though it will be in Spanish--awkward--but at least he can see the ordinance being done. And we are meeting with a recent convert, so I think all will be pretty filled and we won't be yelled at for disturbing anybody's 4th. One of my companions had someone yell at her as they tracted last year on the 4th and said "GO HOME TO YOUR FAMILY!!" And she's like "I CAN'T!" Sad day.
I was just telling Uncle Brad that the day dawn is fast approaching and the work still needs to press forward :) I never want to leave this harvest of souls, but alas there is a time and a season and the sun is soon setting upon the time allotted to me. "Yea, for this cause I have sent you hither, and have selected my servant [Ashley Weaver], and have appointed unto [her] [her] mission in this land...Behold [her] mission is given unto [her], and it shall not be given again" (D&C 58: 14,16). I read this today, and don't mean to change the scriptures, but the Spirit did for me :)
Yes. Tim our eternigator brought the gay marriage thing to our attention on Saturday. He has a daughter who struggles with same-sex attraction, but I can tell that he agrees with the church's status. He is very wise and mature when it comes to faith in our sustained leaders...which makes it all the more frustrating he won't get in the water! Anywho :) There are, I don't doubt, many in our ward, or the church for that matter who disagree with the stance, but we as Mormons just have such a problem with looking at the eternal perspective. I'm sorry, but it's true :) We discussed this with Lun Cheng when he brought up his concerns: God's purpose is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. He wants to give us all He has. Our role in helping Him accomplish this is by providing bodies for His children and the way that happens is through a man and a woman. Not only that, but marriage in the world is SOOO different from marriage to God. It is a relationship that extends far greater than a physical attraction...it is a bond with GOD that enables us with the power to bring to pass HIS eternal purposes...not our own. Sadly the world has lost sight of that or cannot comprehend it for that matter, thus confusion arises.
I truly feel for those who do struggle with same-sex attraction. It is their trial in life. No doubt it is a struggle for those who do have that attraction--who KNOW and ACCEPT the gospel--to see their role in God's plan. Like some do who can't have children, or those infants who die without having kids. God blesses them for their faithfulness on earth, which tries their best to live as God has commanded, until further light and knowledge is added unto them. As Alma said: "Behold these mysteries are not fully made known unto me, therefore I shall forbear."
So we must walk by the faith we have with the knowledge given unto us, until all that we have done in righteousness' name will be compensated unto us in the eternities because of the matchless gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
"Behold, the laws which ye have received from my hand are the laws of the church, and in this light ye shall hold them forth. Behold, here is wisdom" (D&C 58:23). (There just was a lot of good stuff in D&C 58 today!)
But I digress...Lun Cheng came to all three hours! The Delorey's were so great in helping to answer his questions in our lesson afterward. We discussed baptism and he said he couldn’t be baptized until he understands the reasoning behind all the commandments...Word of Wisdom and marriage between a man and a woman specifically. The core doctrine that is helping his testimony to grow the most is our Father's eternal purposes for his children...His goal for HIM individually. The Delorey's invited him over to their home for our next lesson :) He likes them a lot.
Debra, a recent convert likes us again! (After chewing us out a week a go because our phone got shut off via text: "I'm being done with you young high-school kids who are immature and don't know how to teach" or something like that. Now, as you know I am not one to have attitude when it comes to business, but I replied with a "We are sorry Deb, know that we still love you and want to meet...P.S. and we are out of college, not high school...) I think she probably may be bipolar? But face-to-face she wanted to set up a meeting with US this time. I hope she knows that we do love her and want to help her succeed. She came for all three hours with Jaden and Jada and participated in the lessons. The Delorey's have been so great in fellowshipping her as well.
Exchanges went great and we finally found an investigator! YAY! Her name is Gigi who graciously accepted a Book of Mormon and wants us to come back next week to learn more.
Julia is back in town briefly, but will be meeting with her tomorrow to re-set her baptismal date. We are continuing to encourage Tim and Nicole (Coley) to do missionary work for their families to help their hearts soften to their joining the church. Tim is studying PMG more and we are hoping to get Coley excited about her own testimony and be true to it, putting her own fears to rest about baptism.
Love you all and continue in the faith, my dear family, for all will be well eventually...Through the ups and the downs and the stress and the ridiculousness there is Christ...we just have to trust He is there and reach out for Him.
Giving you a hug across time and space (or just the country)!
P.S. Did you discuss in ward council the new set-up for sacrament meeting? Cool, huh?