Monday, September 2, 2013

Taking the opportunity to study

This past week has been a test! Elder Dattilo has been in bed sick most of the week. I have taken that opportunity to cook, clean, try to get fully better myself, and of course read the scriptures...........A lot of the people in the area are sick. For example, the last 3 people we went to see yesterday all missed church because of illness. And it seems to be pretty much the same stuff. Coughing and sinus stuff. Also, many of you know about my friend Jason Wiberg who passed away. Some of you have asked about how that is going, what it has been like. It has been a challenge. I was very saddened on Monday to hear that he had passed away. I saw him in the MTC. He was the happiest guy in that place. He was stoked to see me, I was very excited to see and talk to him. As you can probably imagine, this past week, with a ton of time inside, I had loads of time to reflect and think. Also, I was able to tell Elder Dearden, a friend from my ward who is in the same zone as me. We went out of the zone conference, cried it out for a minute, and then went back in. That was tough for him to hear, tough for me to tell him. Anyway, I know that Elder Wiberg is preaching the gospel in the spirit world right now. I know God will receive him into the Celestial kingdom, and that he was an amazing missionary. I am sad I won't get to see him again for a little while, but as the scriptures say over and over "the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ." Thank goodness for my knowledge of the plan of salvation. I don't know what I would do if I did not believe that was true. With the time I have been granted inside, I have used that time to really delve into the Book of Mormon......In conjunction with the August issue of the Ensign on how to study the scriptures and receive revelation, I feel like my testimony is greatly increasing. I am really studying the scriptures. I am making a map of the Book of Mormon, for example.......... I mention this just to let you know that i love the scriptures. I am making it my life long goal to be a student of God's word. I don't just want to scratch the surface, to get the easy and obvious things. I want to dive deeper. I want the mysteries of God to be unfolded before me. And as I've been reading in Alma, I have seen that God is willing to give us those mysteries, but we have to want them, and do all we can to receive them!........ Zone conference was super good. The food that brother leferink made was amazing! The alligator snapping turtle tail was super good. It was a huge hit. All the missionaries loved it, it seemed. I'm doing well though. Learning a lot, and I am happy with the person I am becoming. If only I could get there quicker. I love you!! Elder Smith

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