|Look at this spider we found in our apartment!!!|
(a meeting where a group of missionaries get together for training)
|Elder Hull giving a thumbs-up!!!|
(He is also one of my best friends on the mission)
|Elder Hull and Elder Hjelmstad|
Well... how awesome was General Conference? I loved it! After I listened to it, I felt super uplifted and excited to share the gospel with everybody! I feel like, what I got out of conference was, that I need to give more of myself. I've kinda been feeling weird lately, like off-track or something and I didn't know why. I now realize it was because I was thinking too much of myself and not opening my mouth and inviting EVERYBODY to come unto Christ. I think we can all do a better job at forgetting ourselves and getting to work.
This week wasn't the best week, but it was at the end, thanks to conference! We had TONS of appointments that failed and walked more than I've walked in my whole mission! That day really made me think of what we were doing right and what we were doing wrong. Because obviously we were doing something that we shouldn't have been doing, because the Lord has promised that He will put people in our path for us to help. I found out it was because my mind wasn't focused. I was thinking about other things and my priorities weren't where they were supposed to be.
Something that I read this morning and I wanted to share with you guys, was how we must keep the eternal perspective and forget about worldy materials.
Alma 39:14 says:
"Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you."
We cannot take "things" with us to heaven. ONLY OURSELVES. We will all die and it is up to us to determine what we will receive in the world to come,(Heaven).
3 Nephi 13:19-21 says:
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Where is our heart? I have really pondered and learned this on my mission. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS but where our heart is.
Finally, in Helaman 5:8-9 it says:
"And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers. O remember, yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world."
Only through Christ we will be able to inherit eternal life. We will all die and we will all be resurrected. It is up to us individually, to determine how we will live after this life. Whether we will be comfortable in the presence of God or not? We are here to prepare for Heaven, to learn how to Love like God does, to learn how to LIVE like God does. Christ showed us the way! We must follow His example by having faith in Him, repenting of our mistakes, and being baptized like HE was with the Authority of God. We then must receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and endure until the end. Without these key steps performed by the proper authority, we will not attain the fullness of Joy that God has in store for us. We must have Faith! I know this is true. This may sound a little harsh, but I'm in the same boat as all of you. I'm just a messenger on the Lord's errand, and I do have a message to share. Heavenly Father Loves ALL of his children and wants us all to return home to live with him in Heaven as families, having a fullness of Joy!
I love you guys!
SO, ask yourself,...what really matters?
Love, Elder Hjelmstad