Friday, February 28, 2014

John 17:3

 John 17:3  And this is alife beternal, that they might cknow thee the only true dGod, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast esent.

Good Morning! 

This week was awesome! We taught a ton of lessons as a zone. We set a new record for our zone! One area in Huntsville Arkansas has been teaching like 7 or 8 lessons a week for a few weeks and this week they taught 44 lessons! Everyone did great! We are really excited. In other news the Rogers Zone taught 791 lessons this week! A new mission record! That was pretty cool. 

The work here is going well. Steady. Consistent. Which is good. XXXXX and XXXX XXXXX are doing great. They're baptismal date is set for a couple weeks from now. They are progressing well and should be prepared for that date! It's been so cool to see the change that has happened in their lives. XXXXX especially. He is going through a serious trial right now. But  we are just working with him to strengthen his faith in the Savior, who can give him strength to get through anything. 

I'm focusing my studies a lot on Grace right now. I've learned a lot. I feel like there is a lot of members in this church that beat themselves up thinking that they aren't good enough or that they never will be good enough. They think that the Savior's commandment to "be ye therefore perfect" is something that we are required to fulfill on our own. It's not! We can't possibly do that! We cannot possibly keep every commandment all the time. We will fail, a lot. There is truly no amount of work we can do that will save us and give us eternal life. Jesus Christ paid the whole debt, everything. And because he did that he fulfilled the demands of justice and provided a bridge for us to cross. The bridge that fills the gap between our imperfect, fallen state and the perfect state that is required of us to be in God's presence. That bridge is called the gospel. Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. The Doctrine (singular) of Jesus Christ. We are not saved by Faith alone, we are not saved by Repentance alone, or by baptism or by the Holy Ghost. We are saved by Jesus Christ, by living His complete Gospel, by following Him. And when we fail, which we most definitely will, we don't give up, we don't quit, we remember Jesus Christ and his words when he says "come now, and let us reason together , saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

I believe in Jesus Christ. I love this Gospel and I love being His servant. I love all of you! 

Elder Sherwood

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