Holy moly it’s Monday! Haha this week felt like forever, but in a good way. Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I appreciate them so much and had a lovely birthday. I’m pumped to spend my twentieth year in the land of London! I truly am so blessed.
AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Halloween isn’t really celebrated here, but don’t worry. I’m about to go carve a pumpkin and I’m decked out in orange and black. Being in another country never stops me from celebrating holidays.
But onto the important stuff and missionary work! YSA’s are great. I love serving with people my age. Right across from the chapel is Imperial College and there’s a bunch of really smart Asians that attend there. So I stop them on the street with my fluent Chinese that I now speak, and it works quite well! Especially when we ask for their WeChat (a chat app that every Chinese use and only Chinese with the select few American missionaries). Hahaha I love life.
Yasmine is epic and Hudanur is doing great too! We have a lot of awesome friends we are teaching. Except what I’ve learned is us younger generation aren’t always as committed… But hey, we are all trying to figure out life together and so that’s cool! It’s really amazing to find those who are truly seeking for truth and desiring to change.
Sports has probably been on my mind a bit too much with the NBA starting this week (we even ran to the chapel at 6:20am to play basketball with the Elders!) But as I’ve thought about my love for sports and lack of being able to watch it, I’ve thought about the game we are currently in and how to win.
We had a lesson this week with a recent convert Patrick. Patrick is awesome. He came into the Visitors Centre almost a year ago saying he wanted to be baptized. He had read the Book of Mormon, researched all our beliefs, and knew it was true. Now he is preparing to serve a mission!
As Patrick has begun preparing, he has already noticed the strong opposition taking place in his life. I remember before I left on my mission, it felt as if everything was working against me to go serve. Sister Kerr and I were easily able to relate to Patrick, and we know he’s in for quite the match.
Throughout our lesson with Patrick, we talked about sports (yes, I was thrilled to talk to a guy about sports and relate it to the gospel). We talked about how in order to beat the opposing team, you have to know how they play. Teams study out their opponents strengths, weaknesses, and make a game plan.
This game plan helps them know how to win. It’s quite simple. Study it out, practice and win. And don’t we all want to win?
Therefore, we need to know the opposing side. Patrick said one thing he liked about the church was how we are not afraid to admit that there is an adversary and he is trying everything in his power to beat us. But because we know this, we are able to know how to beat him. We have great coaches, a solid game plan, and know how to be victorious players.
When we know the opposing side, we also must know the lines in which we a required to stay. As we stay within those lines, we will succeed. Elder Holland said it best. “In almost all athletic contests of which I know, there are lines drawn on the floor or the field within which every participant must stay in order to compete. Well, the Lord has drawn lines of worthiness for those called to labor with Him in this work.”
Watch this video. (https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages-for-youth/stay-within-the-lines-2) I promise you Elder Holland is the man and get ready to have him “get in your face a little, nose to nose, with just enough fire in [his] voice to singe your eyebrows a little–the way coaches do when the game is close and victory means everything.”
The Game Plan is simple.
Our Father’s plan for us to be successful in this life and to return to live with Him is called the gospel of Jesus Christ, with Jesus’ Atonement at the center of that plan. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can receive eternal life if we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, repent, are baptized by immersion for the remission of sins, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. “This is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ” (2 Nephi 31:21).
The lines are clear.
The opposing team is strong but will be defeated.
“Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).
Stay on the Lord’s team. Don’t dribble out of bounds. Know how to beat the opposing side and stick to your game plan. You will win and you have the power of heaven behind you.
And keep me posted on how my Denver Broncos and Milwaukee Bucks are doing, okay friends? 😉
Love you all!