Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rain...Rain.... Rain....

This week was a little slower of a week. We had transfer meeting on Tuesday and one of my close mission friends went home. It was a sad day. He was a great missionary. I will miss him he was a great example to me. So for our week missionary wise we were unable to have our baptism because the bishopric had meetings all day so none of them could attend the baptism so we had to move it to this upcoming Saturday. That was a bummer but it will be good to have it this Saturday. We already got things planned for it and he has asked me to be the one to baptize him so that will be awesome. It has cooled down a lot recently. It is going to be in the low 70's this week. This past week there was a lot of rain this we received. We got 2 and a half inches in an hour which is more than the annual average. Due to the increase in rain received there was a very severe mud slide on one of the highways. The mud was like 4 feet high and over 200 cars were covered and stuck in the mud. Luckily no one was hurt but it was pretty crazy to see pictures. That happened about 35 minutes from where were at. We took our baptismal candidate to mutual this week and he loved it. He really is a great kid. He loves soccer so we found a real easy connection there. On Thursday a member got buffalo wild wings for us. We got the blazin' which is the hottest one they have. They were super good. We were able to find 4 new people to teach this week which was okay we weren't to content with that. 

We had an interesting lesson yesterday at church. We talked a lot about pride and how we make things too complicated. During the lesson a story came to mind that illustrates this principle perfectly. In Numbers ch. 21 we read about Moses and the people he is with and the serpents (snakes). 
6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

 7 ¶Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

 8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

In this story we see how pride gets the best of the people. When they got bitten some of them would go an look upon the brass serpent. Those who didn't though died. I'm sure some of them surely thought that it was too easy of a cure and that it wouldn't work. Or they lacked faith. Or whatever the case may have been they were making it more complicated than it needed to be. All they had to do was just LOOK upon the serpent and they would be healed. Often times much of us are among these prideful people. We are given council to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy and make it a delight and we think it doesn't apply to us. We are an exception but we are very confused. There are no exceptions. We need to let go of our pride and ask ourselves "what more can we do?" All we need to do is LOOK unto the savior and we will find ourselves spiritually alive. It was a great lesson. It opened my perspective of the things that i am still a little prideful over. 

I hope you all have a great week. 

-Elder Loertscher

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