Week 17 - January 30, 2012
One scripture you'll probably like is the end of 2 Nephi 9:39. It reads, “Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.” Take the first letters of each word, from the word 'spiritually' on, and you get the acronym S.M.I.L.E.! Always remember that. To be Spiritually-Minded Is Life Eternal. Smile!
During sacrament meeting yesterday I counted all of the people in the Spanish branch as well as our normal Inage ward, and set some goals as to what I want the number to be at the end of this transfer. As missionaries, we're branch/ward builders! And we're here to move the work, not just tend it! I'm excited to see amazing things happen!
And since today's P-day, I cut my hair; the first time I cut my own hair. But it was super easy and turned out fine. Just really short all over and easy to take care of.
One more scripture/thought I really like... this is something that we've shared with a lot of our members as we've visited them.
2 Nephi 2:13 reads, “And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.” I really like the line, “and if there be no righteousness, there be no happiness.” Righteousness is happiness! They are the same thing! And happiness is the purpose for our existence here on earth. It's the purpose of our lives and it's the reason why I'm in Japan. Happiness! It's what we all want. And the way to happiness, is righteousness. We've all heard it a lot before, but it's true. Jesus is the Christ. And he set a perfect example for us to follow. Do what he did, follow where he went, and you will be happy. And I want all of you to be happy! As happy as you can possibly be! So let's all keep on working and doing this together :)
I love you!! Take care!!