Monday, October 28, 2013

Oct 28

The work continues. Another week comes and goes, time flies I can't hardly keep track of the day or even month it is. My year mark has come and gone and Halloween is right around the corner, I spent the last one in the MTC. The Highlight for the week was definitely getting to go see Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge of the 70 come and speak to the mission on Tuesday. He came and toured our mission and spoke to us for several hours about "The Most Important Thing." It was great. He spoke for quite a log time and it was hard to take everything in all at once but upon further study and light of understanding by the Spirit I finally feel like I really have a good grasp on it. He started off by letting us know that in the last 2 thousand years and in the next 2 thousand years there is nothing that has been or could be said that is of more importance than his message. This is it and you can truly base your whole life on this principle. 
  Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be cleansed of sin and endowed with God's power from on high so that we can qualify for eternal life and exhalation if we have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, are baptized for the remission of sins by one having authority (and renew our covenants weekly), receive the gift of the holy ghost (and remain worthy of that gift, and endure to the end. 
Essentially it is three fold.
1. What we should most desire to receive - To qualify for eternal life and exaltation in the world to come and to be endowed with God's power and spirit here in this life as well.
2. How we get there- Faith, Repentance, Baptism (make/renew covenants), Receive the Holy ghost (remain worthy/keep covenants), and enduring to the end. 
3. How it's possible- The infinite and all reaching power of Christ's Atonement.
We as God's servants are to achieve accomplish these things and to help others partake as well. just as Lehi partook of the fruit of the tree of life (the love of god is the tree and the blessings of the atonement are the fruit) then immediately looked around to find his family. We are all apart of the family of God and are charged to partake of the fruit and then help others make it to the tree and partake also. 
E Russo, Andrew and E Schouten P-day at Obed Park in Wartburg TN
I love the Lord and my mission means everything to me. Thanks for all the support and love! 
I love you!
Elder R.A. Bakker 

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