It was so much fun to talk to you yesterday over Skype, and just to see everyone together and sitting on the couch. That was one of my favorite parts, just seeing everyone together. Thanks for all being there and for being who you are and supporting me on my mission. Like I said yesterday, there aren't words sufficient to explain this mission experience, especially in just 40 minutes. But, well, I don't know what to say. I just love you!
And a very happy Mother's Day, mom. You do so much for me and for others. I appreciate you.
|Current companion Elder Anderson and Elder Tommy Webber|
|Mission Leadership Training|
I was studying faith this last week, and would like to share some of it, if I can put it into words adequately. We all have faith to some degree. Faith is what prompts us to act to do anything, for we would not do a thing if we did not first believe it could be done. Faith in Jesus Christ is more than just passive belief, it is active and moving, and prompts us to be obedient, to repent, and to make covenants. It prompts us to sacrifice because we believe what we can give up in this life for God, we will have returned to us with much much more, even eternal glory. In fact, "a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce faith necessary unto life and salvation" (Lectures on Faith, 66). Faith is necessary for salvation, to become like our perfect example Jesus Christ, who had, Himself, perfect faith (unto knowledge) in His Father. We must be like Him, one with Him, as He is one with the Father (John 17:20-24).
|The Sister Missionaries unite a family in Soundview ward, Bishop on right|
The work in Soundview is progressing. The sisters had two more baptisms this past weekend, a great new family. They keep reeling them in. We are still working with a women, and her kids. She didn't make it to church this week, and we haven't been able to really start the lessons. But she has been warmly fellowshipped and loves coming to church. We met a sweet black lady this week named Syreeta. She lives alone, and she is very open to the Church. We will start teaching her tonight. We took her on a church tour last Wednesday and she loved it and already agreed to baptism.
|Tommy catches up with former companion Elder Schaffner on Prep-day|
|And sees him at a Baptismal service on Saturday|
At church yesterday, we got to be in charge of primary for the 3-8 year olds. I have new-found respect and admiration to every primary president and leader in this Church.
|Tommy catches up with former companion Elder Green at Mission training|
|Another beautiful sunset on the Puget Sound|
Love you all,
Scripture: Alma 32:21
Hebrews 11:1 (JST), 6
John 17:3, 20-24