Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wisdom From God's Servants Elder Anderson and Elder Callister

Today I was able to skip school and go to a meeting with about 500 or so missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the only true church of Christ on the earth today. The speakers at this meeting were Elder Anderson and his wife along with Elder Callister and his wife. My dad also spoke along withe the President of the Fort Worth mission. Elders Anderson and Callister both gave excellent talks and the spirit of God was with them both and was felt strong by me in the meeting.
Before it started I was able to shake the hands of God's apostles on the earth today. Literal spokesmen for Christ. Usually I am very able to talk to adults and look them in the eye, but when I entered that room the fact that I knew who they were and who they represented made me very nervous.
As they spoke they each said many good things. Elder Callister spoke of the significance of the Great Apostasy and how as the apostles of Christ taught the people in that part of the world their words became as a large game of telephone, where the apostles gave guidance and as it went from teacher to teacher and person to person, truths were lost and mixed up and that is why there were many epistles written to the people of the church to correct false doctrine. And as the church at that time was built on the foundation of the apostles priesthood, the church broke down as the apostles were persecuted and died. When that happened the power to give the priesthood was taken off the earth, church leadership was ruined and the church lost many of the plain and precious truths due to the lack of priesthood and authority.
In my church we believe that the church was later restored in its fullness with authority from God by Joseph Smith. Some may wonder that if that is true why did God wait so long to restore the church. Elder Callister gave the example of a pilot with a plane on fire like the church getting lost from the earth. He said that although the quickest way to restore the plane would be to nose dive, the lives on the airplane would not be saved. God had to wait until there was a country free from a state church and let the plane down slowly but as soon as he could do so, so that the church would never be taken from the earth again.
Elder Anderson spoke of the Atonement and Christ's wonderful gift that he has given to any of his children who want to repent and be baptized. God loves his children and wants them all to return to him, that is why he restored his church and I was given the opportunity to renew my testimony of Jesus Christ and his servant Joseph Smith who restored the church through the authority given to him by Christ.
After the meeting I and my parents the mission presidents from Dallas, TX and those from Fort Worth along with their two kids sat down to dinner with these two men and their wives and talked about our lives. They shared stories and Elder Anderson told me that when I sent in my missionary application to inform him so he could take it to the prophet to make sure I was sent to the place the Lord wanted me. That is incredible to me.
I love my Church and I know that it is true and the Jesus Christ is the head of it. What a wonderful thing it is to be a member. I love my Savior and I know that he lives and loves each one of us.

God's Hands

The past month or so has been a very interesting process and I saw the hand of the God on multiple occasions. It started with a decision about basketball, from there it went to a decision about school, and from there it went to a decision about a mission.
About mid-July I decided I no longer wanted to pursue basketball. Mom and Dad were very supportive and started to help me with things to make my life a lot better. When I decided I was done with basketball, cross-country into my sights. I have loved it so far. In my first meet I ran the 5k in 19:39 my personal best. I have enjoyed practice and the team is really great.
Once we realized that basketball was a no go my mom began thinking and her thoughts led her to the idea of trying to graduate early. The plan was to try to graduate in December so we looked at all our options and my counselor at my school scheduled a meeting with my principal to talk it over. We went in and we worked out a great plan where I could take the 2nd semester of english and science while I was taking the 1st. It has worked out great so far. I am almost done with my english already.
The reason the principal even considered doing this was because I want to go on a mission. We told her about the age change for missionaries. After I started school and made sure this is what I wanted to do I talked with Bishop James Monroe the Bishop in my ward and we got the papers started. I am now done with those papers and now need my interview with Bishop and the Stake President before the papers can be sent to Salt Lake. God's hands have been very present in my life. That is the life God has given to A Boy In The Mission Field.