Sorry for the weird absence for a while. Here’s a quick summary of the events that have happened since I last really wrote a blast:
- Sister Kerby drank sour milk and got double dragon for a few days.
- The UB East District became a stake, the second ever in Mongolia. Now we are trying to get strong enough to reorganize the two stakes in the city into three, and for the countryside district to become a stake as well.
- I got transferred unexpectedly because President got permission to send an American to Khovd and a bunch of people had to move because of that.
- I am now back in Unur! For at least the next week and a half anyway.
- My companion is Sister Wilkins. She is the other STL which makes life easy and she’s an amazing missionary. And hilarious. Our personalities are pretty much polar opposites but it works.
- Sister Wilkins and I were called to teach a special 4 week long English class at the Baynzurk for Mongolian English teachers to come improve their English and teaching skills. It’s way fun!
- Munkdelger whom I only met with like twice before I left Unur the first time got baptized! She’s awesome.
- We met a new investigator with a cool story, Natsagdorj.
- My testimony of the Restoration has been strengthened a ton lately.
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about faith, action, miracles, and true activity in the Church. The more fully we live according to the gospel, the happier and more blessed we are. So why do we not follow it 100%? Or at least strive to?
It’s easy to make excuses and be lazy, saying that no one’s perfect so we might as well not even try. But we’ve been commanded to be even as Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish that goal we have to try! We need to sincerely study the gospel and then act on it.
In the end I think a lot of it comes down to faith. We know the gospel, but do we really believe? Do you trust the Lord enough to follow His commandments—even when you don’t completely understand the reasons for them? Do you accomplish what the Lord wants you to accomplish? Can you bring about good or even miracles through your faith? Do you really trust that your obedience will bring the blessings the Lord has promised you? Or do your let your doubts and fears get in the way?
The only way to gain that kind of faith is by trying it out for yourself. It means moving from learning and talking about the gospel to doing and living it. It means moving the gospel from our heads to our hearts. Studying is great, but we cannot know until we are obedient in faith and see the results for ourselves. Obedience gives you confidence before God and therefore peace. You gain a greater ability to exercise the kind of faith that makes good things happen because you know that God is bound when you do what He says and you are doing it. (D&C 82:8-10)
We have the instructions for happiness. We have the agency to follow them. We know the consequences of our choices. In her talk “Do I Believe?” Sister Oscarson said, “I testify that the blessings and peace the Lord has in store for those who are obedient and faithful excel anything the human mind can comprehend.” If so, how can we let our strength and determination slacken? (2 Nephi 4: 16-35)
God loves us with an infinite love. He’s only asked us one thing. If we love Him, keep His commandments (John 14:15). As we do so, He rewards us even more with faith and the literal power to do miracles.
Let us be fully active in the faith we profess to have. Let us choose happiness. Despite human weakness, let us strive for exact obedience anyway. Choose that harder right. Let us choose to act with the kind of faith that makes miracles happen. I testify that as you do so, despite anything the world or your doubts might have you believe, Heavenly Father with not only never let you be worse off for your choice but will pour out blessings greater than you can imagine. The Gospel is real, and it works. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.