Aloha everyone! I cant believe I’m writing you again already! Where did the week go! And where did May go? I cant believe its already June 2nd! It has been an full, busy week her on O'ahu in the heart of Honolulu.
Waiting for at the airport with elder Uaisele for elder Jensen to land!
Overall I had a pretty good week, staying busy helps me from focusing on the hard side of a mission, being away from home, and such. I am really working on how to work best with Elder Wilson, we have two very different personalities and sometime we don’t align. But we are figuring it our as we go.
This week I have thought a lot about the work im doing here and how I strive to do the best I can but I feel as if I am not successful im all things but then I remember that we are not expected to be perfect but only to do our best and to lay it all on the alter and be “willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”(Mosiah) and if we have done so then we are where we need to be. Another thing I was thinking about was yesterday in school we taught repentance and I read a quote from President Spencer W. Kimball, in response to keeping the commandments that said, “First, one repents. Having gained that ground he then must live the commandments of the Lord to retain his vantage point. This is necessary to secure complete forgiveness.” when I read this I thought of when we hiked Koko Head a couple weeks ago and how difficult it was and I related that to the process of repentance and how as we got through the process of repentance we are climbing the mountain to the “vantage point” or eternal life. And I related the commandments to not roadblocks or restrictions but as the railing along the path and the cliff edge at the top and how the commandments are here not to hinder us but to help us maintain this vantage point. They protect us from falling back down to sin and spiritual death. But along with this I said how grateful for Jesus Christ's atonement and how its not a one time admittance but infinite. If we choose to “hop the railing” because it seems more fun or a better view from outside the safety zone and fall off “cliffs” or slide down the mountain that if we go through those simple steps of repentance;
Recognize, Feel sorrow, Stop, Confess, Make Right, forgive others, and keep the Commandments
We can again climb the mountain back to that “vantage point” and learn as we do so. I have fallen many times when I have gone over the “railing” but have never been denied the opportunity to once again to put in the work and climb once again to the top. I know that it is only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we can return to live with our heavenly father again.
I love you all so much and hope everything is going well! Congrats to all those who graduated this week and will this coming week! I can't believe its been a year since I graduated! Time flies. I also broke 4 months this week since I left for Hawaii.
With all the love in the world,