Tuesday, September 11, 2012
This week has been pretty good. It just seemed kind of average. It had it's ups and downs. Being more in the city areas brings a lot of different personalities and ideas. People back in the bush (Nsawam) are all pretty like one another. Some people are really confused when it comes to doctrine and you find more of those "Oh, the Mormons! You drink blood and call spirits!" kind of people. You just have to think sometimes, "What in the world?! Who told you that?" and they always answer back, "Oh, I heard it from my sister or friend, or whoever!" and then when you tell them it's not true they act as if the person they heard the rumor from knows more about the church than a missionary who represents the church. It's silly. I think a strong person is someone who doesn't believe what people tell them, but instead finds out what is true for themselves. I believe that in everything. You can't really take someone's word for anything really. Sometimes we use it to lean on until we find out for ourselves, but to make conclusions based of what someone has said is worth nothing. Even to hear Apostles and Prophets constantly testify that this church is God's true church cannot benefit you anything unless you learn to receive your answers from the spirit. And if someone wants to call that a brainwashing mind game, then they can. We get to choose for ourselves whether or not we're feeling the spirit or whether we're just making things up in our minds. Even in Doctrine and Covenants 50:13-16 it says (now I think this scripture was meant more for the teacher than the learner, but it works just the same) "Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question -- unto what were ye ordained?"
"To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth."
"And then received ye spirits which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God; and in this are ye justified?"
"Behold ye shall answer this question yourselves (this is where our agency comes in); nevertheless, I will be merciful unto you; he that is weak among you hereafter shall be made strong."
We can, at times, receive spirits we cannot understand. People are so anxious and impatient that sometimes they think those feelings or whatever are the spirit, and so they stop there. But it asks if we are justified or satisfied with those feelings we received as being from God. If we are, then fine, we all have agency. But if we aren't, we shouldn't settle or assume God won't answer us. It comes by faith, and if we don't first "cast it out by our unbelief" (Alma 32:28) and we give it a chance, we'll receive an answer to our prayers. But we can't give up our faith. That is number one. We must always try, even if, at times, we seem to be getting no where. There's always a reason for every challenge and trial, and the impatient receive nothing. Something doesn't come of nothing. And most things worth while don't come from minimal efforts. It seems that our efforts of faith are always at least equally matched with blessings. Anyways, that's my sermon, ha ha. I could go on forever and ever. Well, I'll talk to you guys next week! Hopefully I'll get one of those packages this week. We have a mission conference this Thursday with Elder Dixon, our area president. It should be good, he's going to call on 3 or 4 people to give 3-4 minute talks on the importance and testimony of tithing, so we all have to be prepared. I love my family, talk to you guys next week!
Love, Dallin (Elder Littlefield)
The third one is of some little kids whose family we taught back in Owuraku, Nsawam. The little girl is named Delah, and the boy is named achu (just like you sneeze, ha ha.) I have videos of them, and she's way cute. She reminds me of Oakley when she was little.
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