Week 105: November 9, 2015: Keeping our Promises

So last Monday evening we taught the Arrington’s girls about the 10 Commandments; specifically going over the law of the Sabbath, the law of Tithing, and the law of the Fast.

Then after that, we taught Sandra and her kids and we followed up on the fasting commitment. They did fast… but without a purpose. They forgot about thinking about what they were fasting for. So really they just starved for half a day was what happened. Anyway, what we did this visit was we read 1 Nephi 8 and tried getting them into the habit of marking scriptures and really studying scriptures and pointing out things that stand out to them. And so after reading through it, we invited them to study that scripture again by themselves and mark at least 3 verses each person and then compare who marked which verses, in which we would follow-up with tonight’s lesson.

Wednesday, I had a follow-up appointment with President Doctor Hale to see if the body is taking its natural course in the healing process and so far things are going good, so the next time I see him will be a couple of weeks.

Thursday we had interviews with the Mission President! YAAAY!!! So that was good. This was the fastest he’s gone through interviews though, I got to say. Normally, he doesn’t get finished until 5:00 or 6:00, but he was done with them by 2:00. Everyone’s interview was super quick, which is a little unusual. But my guess is that he had to get out as soon as possible because that night, we had expanded zone conference.

Expanded zone conference is basically like a zone conference mixed with a fireside in a way. Basically a zone conference where members of the wards and stakes of a general area come and receive trainings on doing missionary work. This expanded zone conference seemed pretty poorly attended compared to previous ones though. The last one I’ve been at went all the way back to the end of the cultural hall. This one, the chapel wasn’t even completely filled. And the stakes invited were the Desert Ridge, East Mark, Boulder Creek, and Val Vista stakes.

And then Sunday was of course Stake Conference, which was really good. A lot of the talks seemed to be echoes of previous messages we’ve heard in General Conference, such as simplifying our lives and not complicating the Gospel or our lives with unnecessary clutter. Elder Oaks talked a lot about different forms of missionary work for the most part I’ve noticed, in regards to inviting others to Christ and working with less-active and part-member families.

It was interesting though because we actually had a real proselyting day on Sunday, which I’m not entirely used to, haha. Normally we’re in the church building from 10:00 – 4:30, so this was different. It was good though. We were able to get in with more people that we have struggled getting in with on other days of the week, so that’s been really good. We have a lot of people that have the potential of becoming investigators if we could just get in and consistently teach them… crossing our fingers here.

But yeah, that was pretty much my week. There’s been a bit of talk from some members we’ve talked to regarding the additional church policy of children with same-sex parents. I personally haven’t run across anybody that has mentioned this whatsoever, but I guess every member ever has on Facebook and online and all that stuff.

To be honest, I just don’t see why the policy is even questionable. The likelihood of a situation of a child of same-sex parents wanting to be Baptized into this church is an extreme rarity already and secondly it would be an even greater rarity for the parents to agree for them to be Baptized. And if there were same-sex parents that would have their kids get Baptized into this church, it would be more than likely just to make a statement than anything else.

I don’t really understand the whole debate about it. And from my understanding, it has mostly been members that have gotten upset over it. It’s sad to say, but it leads me to think about the parable of the ten virgins. Half of them were not prepared to meet the Savior. And it’s kind of scary to think that it would be the same for the members of the church. That’s something that has been interesting to see throughout my mission is what little things lead members to apostasy. It’s a scary thing.

All I know is that God has called prophets and apostles in our day who receive direct revelation. This is Christ’s church, He is at the head of it, and it is He who leads it. God loves all of His children. But sin will always be sin. He will never draw away from us. Only we will draw away from him. That’s something I’ve learned a lot from the Book of Mormon in particular. God’s promise he made to Lehi was always there. He always kept his end of the promise that the people would prosper in the land. It was the hardened hearts of the people and their disobedience that led to their natural consequences. And so it is with us. That is why it is so important we always keep our end of the promises we make to him.

I love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Love, Elder Foxx

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