Wow! Only 4 days left in the MTC! I can't believe that it's almost over already! And it's basically only 3 days left because I have to leave at 3:30 in the morning on Monday. I hope that I'm ready to be out in the mission field. I really have no clue what to expect, my life is going to be so different next week. The MTC is all going to feel like a dream kind of like most of life did when I got dropped off here.
I got my travel plans last Friday and I've been super excited to get out there since then! My desire to serve has grown so much since the first day I set foot on the MTC campus. The more I learn about Christ, the more I can't wait to go share the gospel with the people in Mexico. This week has been a great week! The language is really coming along; it's surprising how much you can learn in only 5 weeks when you have the spirit helping you! I've learned so much spiritual stuff that it would take all day to write it all... But I'll at least share one thing with you :)
As a missionary I do a lot of self-inspection and evaluating to see where I can improve and be a better missionary. This last Sunday we had the chance to watch The Testaments movie. While watching the movie I did a little self-evaluation on my desire to know Christ. The father in the movie that goes blind (played by Brother Macy), I believe his name was Helem or something like that, I love his example as a person who has a pure desire to know Christ. His faith was exceedingly strong and he's an example of what's said in 2 Nephi 25:26 "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ". Seeing his example of faith and his rejoicing in that which he could not see made me reflect on my own desire to know Christ.
My favorite part of the movie is when Christ is among the Nephites and Helem can't see him because he's blind. As he stands by his son’s side, he pleads with him to describe Christ to him. I can't really describe exactly how I felt when I watched this part except for humbled. I'm given so much in life, yet do I have the same determination to know Christ? When Helem got as close as he could to Christ behind all the crowds he didn't stop and say "that's close enough." He still desired to know more. His plea to his son to describe Christ shows how he had a constant desire to come unto Christ.
At this point in my life I am the closest to Christ I have ever been. But, like Helem, do I ask "describe him to me" even when some might say that I'm close enough? The only way we can come to know Christ is if we have a constant desire to seek him in our lives.
I encourage everyone to never stop seeking Christ. Make it the priority in your life to know him. Have Helem's courage to act on your faith and gain that passion and desire never say that you have come close enough.
I love this gospel and this work! Nothing else in this world can bring so much joy and peace in life. I can't wait to bring it to the people in Mexico!
This new camera is awesome by the way!
That was quite the storm right before the BYU game!
I had to do it.. because it's just classic!
not really as good as Bryce's... but maybe if you cropped it it would look a little better :)
I try to eat healthy!
My district picture before our hair cuts. I'll have an after picture later today :)