So this past week went well! We did a lot of finding in the rain, which was fun! When it rains in Finland, it rains for a long time. There was a day when it didn't stop all day! But despite that we had fun, and I love the rain so overall, awesome. All of our lessons this past week had something happen and all of them fell through and we even had an investigator tell us she wasn't interesting in learning any more. But that is okay! because we just keep pushing forward and eventually we will find that one who IS ready! A cool thing that Elder Gailey and I did this past week was we had the opportunity to teach about baptism in Primary! It was a bit rowdy hah, but that is okay. Kids will be kids and the lesson still went well. Overall it was a good week.
I had some good personal studies this past week, most of them centered upon King Benjamin's address to his people. So lot's of those scriptures this week!
- Mosiah 4:6
- Mosiah 4:9-12
- Mosiah 4:19
- Mosiah 5:8
- Mosiah 5:12
- Mosiah 5:15
- Mosiah 8:18
My spiritual thought this week comes from a talk that Elder Renlund gave a couple General Conferences ago. He takes a quote from Shakespeare, which I love Shakespeare so this quote has stuck with me, and he uses it to describe repentance. He says," The comedy As You Like It, written by the English playwright William Shakespeare, depicts a dramatic change in a character’s life. An older brother attempts to have his younger brother killed. Even knowing this, the younger brother saves his wicked brother from certain death. When the older brother learns of this undeserved compassion, he is totally and forever changed and has what he calls a “conversion.” Later several women approach the older brother and ask, “Was’t you that did so oft contrive to kill [your brother]?” The older brother answers, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I: I do not shame to tell you what I was, since my conversion so sweetly tastes, being the thing I am.” In His mercy, God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness—so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. For us,because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I.” No matter how wicked, we can say,“That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.”
We are all able to become the people that the Lord wants us to be as we repent and turn from our old selves. Let us remember that as we come closer to Christ in all that we do, we can rightly say that, "Twas I; but 'tis not I" I hope everyone has an awesome week!