June 29, 2015
A sister from back home emailed me with a cool way to study your Patriarchal Blessing: you read through it looking for these 6 themes, and then write out the phrases on another sheet of paper under the headers of the themes:
1. Counsel (instruction of things you should do)
2. Information (lineage, callings, family)
3. Promises (blessings to be received if obedient)
4. Take Heed (cautions and warnings)
5. Reaching for Potential (how you are going to bring to pass the work you have to do)
6. Gifts (talents, abilities, blessings)
Helps you to understand all the different parts of your blessing, and see what the Lord has prepared you to do. Pretty neat.
And also a quote about the Holy Ghost:
"The Holy Ghost can bring to you power to perform beyond your natural abilities. He can provide you with the help of unseen powers in all that you do--the power to speak with convincing authority, to receive promptings that enable you to say things you had not planned, and to receive impressions, which if heeded, bring blessings to you and to others. Mortals may have great abilities and potential, but however great these mortal powers may be, they are only a shadow of the powers that be claimed through a linkage with the Holy Spirit." - Carlos E. Asay
Jesus the Christ, chapter 21
"Although faith is called the first principle of the Gospel of Christ, though it be in fact the foundation of all religion, yet even faith is preceded by sincerity of disposition and humility of soul, whereby the word of God may make an impression upon the heart."
Therefore They Hushed Their Fears - Elder David A. Bednar
The power of the Atonement "...also strengthens us to see, do, and become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity."
"His ordinances and covenants fortify and comfort in times both good and bad. And His priesthood authority gives assurance that the things that matter most can endure both in time and in eternity."
"Unlike worldly fear that creates alarm and anxiety, godly fear is a source of peace, assurance and confidence."
Righteous fear is reverence, respect, awe, obedience, and "...grows out of a correct understanding of the divine nature and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, willing to submit to His will, and we will be accountable."
"As we fear God more completely, we love Him more perfectly. And perfect love casteth out all fear." (
In other news from today, we went to eat lunch at Tacotento again with Hna Archila, Virula, Mejia, and Barrie, one of the newbies we got last week. Hna Phillips is in
Copan right now. So that was fun, I got horchata and the
chicken burritos again, they were really good! I have definitely come to love
eating avocados. And grilled chicken, and
tortillas, and lime and chili's. So
Side note, everyone has the exact same kind of broom and dustpan, just FYI. I actually didn't know it was possible to only have 1 kind of thing available to sell. Weird.
We also ran by the pharmacy to pick up some meds for the enfermos, and I met and talked for the first time down here to a girl with Down's Syndrome. I haven't seen a lot of challenged people here, and the most common ailment seems to be high blood pressure. A lot of people we know have to take medications for "la presion", or blood pressure. Interesting. Will have to look into Honduran health statistics when I get back.
Also had some lessons later today, we're making slow but sure progress with one of our investigators, so we're always happy to visit with him. Good day overall.