Happy Belated Independence Day everyone!
So this last week, we had a couple stuff happen. Last Monday, we had the P-Day activity that I already mentioned and then Wednesday, July 1st, was the official 2nd year anniversary for the Arizona Gilbert Mission. We all went to the Temple that morning and then had a devotional with Elder Tillman from the Seventy and his wife. It was interesting hearing the talks. His talk was pretty all over the place – he just seemed so passionate about the Gospel that he couldn’t necessarily focus on one subject for more than five minutes. Overall though, the theme that I got out of the two talks was that Heavenly Father recognizes and knows all of our needs and will respond to each of them one by one and that we should not worry about whatever may come in the future so long as we are obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to what the modern-day prophets and apostles have counseled us to do. And they also read (which this was an assignment by the First Presidency to read this in all the wards of all the stakes of the entire church, so you may or may not have heard it already) a statement by the First Presidency regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow same-sex marriage in all of the United States. Essentially the message is that God’s standards have no changed. Even though the world can create its own laws and exceptions, it doesn’t and cannot over-rule God’s standards and the church’s stance will forever remain the same as it has been.
We also taught the Plan of Salvation to this investigator named Christopher. So the story with him is that he is engaged with the oldest daughter of a member-family in our ward and is planning on getting married in October. So he decided to take the discussions to learn about the church, but has made it very clear that while he thinks the church is good, he will not join unless he knows for sure that it is the correct path. And so we reviewed what he has been reading in the Book of Mormon and we went over Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life and then taught the Plan of Salvation. He is now at the point where he has the desire to get Baptized, and so the plan is to have him Baptized by the end of the month, which is super exciting!
4th of July, not a whole lot happened. We did service for some members just digging and wheel-borrowing some dirt and then had burgers for lunch. And we had an early curfew at about 6:00 (it doesn’t get dark until 8:00 PM really, but whateves). We planned the Game of Life that night and rolled up our blinds and watched the neighbor’s fireworks (or what little we could see that weren’t covered by houses and trees)
And now we have lost two apostles of the Lord, L. Tom Perry, and Boyd K. Packer. They will be very much missed. This upcoming General Conference is going to be interesting with two new apostles on board. I don’t think we have had any of the Quorum of First Presidency pass away since Gordon B. Hinckley… could be wrong though.
Anyway, that’s about it for this week’s report. Happy Belated Independence Day! And God Bless America!
Love, Elder Foxx