Consecrating through obedience and hard work!

We had a wonderful week finding some new people this last week! We finally got all the lists from the wards for Over aged youth and we contacted like 6 of them and found 3 new investigators last night, and every other one was made a potential investigator, and we have appointments for each of them! We also were able to have 2 investigators come to church yesterday, but like 5 other non members came to church, along with like 11 less active members, so it was sooooo exciting to see! One of the girls is 13, and the young women in the ward completely embraced her at church and so she is sooooo excited to come to church each and also to go to mutual on Wednesday this week!

At district meeting we had some amazing training’s and learned more about the importance of our calling of gathering the elect, and the literal gathering of Israel. We definitely were able to find a lot of these elect this last week! We also talked about ministering and I received further enlightenment that this process to prepare us for ministering has been going on since we left the previously memorized discussions and went to Preach My Gospel, and then to the Come Follow Me for the Youth, and now to the Teaching in the Savior’s Way for every adult! All of these are things that have been implemented over the years was to help us rely more on the spirit as we teach, so we could be qualified and ready to be ministers, in these times NOW! How awesome is that!!! I know we have been called as ministers, which calling is sacred, and must be honored.

We were also able to speak as a companionship in the Deep Creek ward, and we talked about increasing our righteousness as a saint and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I specifically spoke on Elder Christofferson’s General Conference address in Oct. 2010 titled “Reflections on a Consecrated Life”. Here are some of the quotes I would like to share:

“To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes. True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives that is, our time and our choice to God’s purposes (see John 17:1,4; D&C 19:19. In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny.”

“I would like to consider with you five of the elements of a consecrated life: purity, work, respect for one’s physical body, service, and integrity.”

By work we sustain and enrich life. It enables us to survive the disappointments and tragedies of the mortal experience.Hard earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth. Work builds and refines character,creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders,sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires.

Here is the full talk, and I would really suggest it, it is great!

I just want to testify that we do need to consecrate ourselves better to the Lord and his purposes. Through hard, honest work, we can learn to become more like Him and develop Christlike attributes that are unattainable unless we stretch ourselves in the work of the Lord. I know that this is the true church of God, as established by Jesus Christ, and then once again restored to the earth by Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that to be true, and hold these truths very dear to my heart. I testify of these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN. I love you so much and hope you have a wonderful week!

Con Amor,
Elder Saunders

Here are some pics for you to enjoy

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