Oh what week it has been indeed!
To start the week we had Zone Conference on Wednesday, and that was so good! We got issued a challenge by our President to read the BOM from start to finish by June 20! What a great commitment huh? He did the math and that is 6.6 pages a day starting last Wednesday.
(Feel free to join us!) But here's the even better part…we are to highlight every Attribute/Characteristic of Christ! How awesome is that? Do it. Find Joy in it.
And with it will come a more convincing and illuminating understanding and testimony of the Power, and Divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ. Along with our prophet this past Conference, I add my testimony to his that the book is true. It is of God. That is why any time we read it with a new Investigator or even a member sometimes. They cannot describe the power/feeling that the book provides when they study it's pages. Why? Because of the Power that comes from this book. 531 pages. Study it. Partake of it. Then most importantly, pray about it. And that is when you will get your answer. When you "ask in Faith, nothing wavering”.
I hope you all loved General Conference as much as I did! Bet you didn't. I just love this quote by Elder Costa of the Seventy: "Nothing will bring us closer to the Lord Jesus Christ than a desire to Change." What a great quote, and restored truth. We all want to have Helaman 5:12 as the quote for our lives. But noone ever seems to find out the "how" to the scripture. (Ironically.) It's my testimony that when you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed. God is in the details, people. Where change in oneself is longed for, an open mind and a willing heart is required. That means Humility. The antidote for Pride.
Elder Jeffery R. Holland: "Come as you are, a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, don't plan to stay as you are" I have said it before, and I will say it once again. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to comfort the afflicted, but it is also meant to afflict the comfortable.
I have learned to find Joy in Change. From our family of 7, now to a family of 10. When your childhood heroes, who happened to be your older siblings, grow up, get married, and move away. All in all, things just change. Never to be the same.
I testify that "The Family" in God's plan as we learned in General Conference several times, is essential to our happiness in this life. But more importantly, in the life to come. We must all begin with the end in mind with where we want our lives and families going.
Our recent convert Jordan is doing great, and we have 2 Baptisms this week with Megan and Becca. And then the following week we have Travis Topete, a 9 year old on the 15th! Oh what a great time to be a missionary, and an even better time to be a member of the only true and living Church of Jesus Christ.
Love, Elder Judd
We got a new car!
A missionary buddy sent this to me: