September 27, 2011 – Charentsavan, Week 3
I, the Lord, Am Bound When Ye Do What I Say
This week it is official after getting the virus removed I have no pictures . All of them have been erased. It kind of makes me what to go into a career with computers. It is not fun to think about how much information and memories I had collected on that harddrive.
Well this week Elder Fairclough and I had a hard time meeting with people, but we still accomplished a lot. We went on a District Exchange this week. Three companionships changed. I went to Ashtarak to help out the Elders there. They were what is called “white washed” into Ashtarak. They don’t know the members or the area that well. I was able to get them aquainted with the members their and see some old friends there.
This week I started memorizing a scripture a day. I can feel a great power to my prayers and the spirit’s influence in our teaching. It is humbling to know that what you are saying isn’t from you. Yesterday we met with one of our investigators. She is in her late thirties. Her husband is dead. I was teaching her things that I had never thought of or learned myself.
My dad always taught a principle “ treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in that moment that portion which shall be meated unto every man” (Doctrine and Covenants 84:85)
I know that this is true and it will never cease to amaze those who seek it.
We have been working hard to speak to everyone and to help them enjoy the blessings contained in keeping God’s commandments.
Every day I gain a greater and greater knowledge of God’s infinite love. God wants us to see miracles every day. He wants to bless us beyond our imagination. He wants us to be happy. That is why he has given us commandments. Commandments are not restrictions, they are not handcuffs. They are the oppposite. The commandments are a map. They show us what we must do to have the joy and peace that is eternal. They are what eliminate the drag on our wings and lift us off the ground. They allow us to fly and live at a new level. They take us to a new plane of thought.
Those who understand the reason for commandments understand that God doesn’t ask us to avoid things like harmful/addictive substances, pornography, or inappropirate Sabbath Day activiites becuase he wants to restrict our ability to act and choose for ourselves. It is the opposite. By keeping his commandments we actually expand our choses and abilities. If I obey the commandment to read God’s word every day he will teach me and I will qualify for the Spirit’s help. I will learn more quickly, I will remember, I will learn not just from the teacher but also from the spirit (“..He will each you all things..” John 14:26)
If I stay away from addictive substances I am more receptive of the small and quite promptings of the spirit which warn of danger and often of life’s problems. There is a man who works for the embassy here in armenia, he was telling me of a simple, but yet profound example of the God’s love and the spirit’s guidance. He said, ” One day I was driving home from work, it was a 30 minute drive. It was a normal evening, but for some reason I felt a nudge to turn left and take the long route home. I didn’t know why, but I trusted that feeling and turn right onto another road. I got home safely and all went well. I found out the next morning that an accident had happened on the road leading to my home. If I would have stayed on the path that I usually take home I would have had to wait and pack-track to take the same ‘long way’ home. The Spirit helps us not only in dangerous situations but it helps us do our work more effectively.”
God doesn’t always want us to go through hard times. That is why he gave us and cotinues to give us commandments through living prophets; he gives us commandments so that we don’t waste time solving a problem that can be avoided entirely. God whats to help us and he wants to work miracles, but we are the ones who lack the faith to do what he asks.
One of the men whom we are teaching just explained to us that he has a small small spasm in his heart due to a heavy metal. He said that when we was injecting himself one of the drugs was very unclean and this has caused him to be under heavy medication for three years. He has had to sell both of his homes and his care. He is going to die soon. He has turned around completely and has come to realize that a love for God means that we love ourselves and take care of ourselves.
God does love us, that is why he gives us prophets and other inspired leaders. Love is the root of every commandment. He does nothing for us save it is for our immortality and eternal happiness.
“I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” (Doc&Cov 82:10)
Elder Joshua Cook