19 October 2015
So, pretty basic week this week. It got down to -2 degrees C which equates to about 29 degrees F. So that’s definitely not what I’m used to since I don’t think I have been in weather lower than the 70’s in about a year thanks to beautiful weather in Southern California and my time at BYU Hawaii. Pretty gnarly to endure these temperatures with just a scarf and a windbreaker, but the Spirit of God burns like a fire so I’ve been warm. Just doing the usual missionary work, teaching the same people and finding new people. Trying to serve, but there isn’t a lot of opportunity for it. We did have a Family Home Evening with some Colombians. Nothing too exciting or anything to report – so sorry to all the faithful readers.
Well In my studies this week I read the parable of the laborers in Matthew 20:1-16. I don’t think anyone can explain it better than Elder Jeffrey R. Holland did. He said, “This parable–like all parables–is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a story about generosity and compassion. It is a story about grace. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it. However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there. So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time.”
I would just like to add my testimony that I know it is never too late to come unto, back to, or closer to Jesus Christ. He is always there, always has a hand outstretched for us to grab. He is there in those hard times, with us on His back, carrying us out of the ruts of life. Life is hard, but like I said before, every day can be a good day if you allow it. This is His church on the earth today. Love you all, keep it real.
Shout outs to my two cousins serving missions, Hermana Paige Terry serving in the Seattle Washington Spanish Mission and Elder Wyatt Turner who is serving in the Peru Trujillo North Mission.