So you know those times when you just wish things could just kind of slow down..? Yeah well it's one of those times! Finding joy in the journey every single day. It's the little things in life we must treasure, because in the end, the little things will not be so little.
That being said we had a wonderful week. From Zone Conference, to the TEMPLE, to Facebook! The most important of the 3: the Temple. It was such a blessing to find peace in the house of the Lord. It was a wonderful experience that I will cherish forever. I was able to go to the Fresno Temple for the first time so that was a blessing! I know and testify that the temple is where God dwells on earth. It is a place of refuge, comfort, and belonging. As we consistently make a conscious effort to attend the temple regularly, as we learn in D&C 38, we can be endowed with "Power from on high."
Zone Conference was amazing! We were able to be trained by President Nakken. That man can inspire anybody. What a blesing to have such trusted, inspiring, and loving leaders instruct and edify missionaries.
As I sure some of you already know, we have Facebook! What a blessing it is to have this amazing TOOL to invite others to come unto Christ. We will be using Faceook for online Proselyting Purposes ONLY. I am able to friend anyone who I know, but am not able to view anyone's posts except members and Investigators in the current area. But please accept my friend request (if you know me) so we can get our messages as wide spread as possible! You can also like and comment on my posts:) But just know that I am NOT able to respond to any comments or likes. And as for facebook messenger we are only allowed to use it with members and Investiagotrs as well. So the one common thread for contact will still be my personal email. You can follow me @Benji Judd.
This past Sunday a young woman gave a talk on virtue. This was her defintion of virtue, which I love: "Virture is a pattern of thought and behavior based on moral standards." She did a wonderful job. Viture is clean, innocent, and pure. Not just that but real, vibrant and alive! Not fake, lustful, or insecure. I know that we must be virtuous at all times in our action, dress, words, and especially our thoughts. We learn in D&C 121:
45 "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever."
What greater promise is there than that our "Confidnece shall wax strong in the presence of God”? Light = Confidence that stems from Virtue. While Pride = Insecurity that stems from a loss of our true identity. Growing up I have known many people, girls and boys, who struggled knowing who they are. Let's all try to be little bit more virtuous every day!
Confidence is quiet, Insecurities are loud.