Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014 Beautiful Austin, Minnesota

the morning walk

lots of rabbits here
and ducks

the lake by the library. 

... and a goose 

(the spanish equivalent of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!)

also try this one out- como cama coco como coco cama
and this one- otoroniringologo

Hola! Boy is it beautiful in Minnesota! It's super green and the sky is blue and the birds are out and its actually up in the 80's! You can feel the humidity as well, but so far I don't mind it. It's just nice to  be able to feel your toes again (: 

There's not to much news other than we're back to square one, out and about knocking doors and getting a wicked missionary tan- or more just getting sun burned! haha so I haven't seen the sun in like 9 months and needless to say I'm super white. And Hermana Maravilla is Mexican so she's always tan and so she was laughing at my whiteness. I told her as the scriptures say "I was most exceedingly fair and white above all other virgins." haha she likes to scream and cover her eyes whenever I get out of the car and she yells "It's so bright!" she's mean. 

So since I finished reading the Book of Mormon again I decided to start reading the Bible. and I'm addicted to reading it. whenever I get the chance I read it. Just the same as when I was reading the Book of Mormon, only the Bible's a lot bigger so I've got more to read. But I've read the stories Samson, Ruth, Samuel, Saul and David so far.  It's been interesting seeing how those stories are applying to what I'm doing right now. A lot of the Bible stories are all about repentance. About changing and really understanding and loving and relying on the Lord. 

I just want to write down two verses that I really liked from 1 Samuel

This verse is talking about when Samuel the Prophet commands Saul to go and destroy the Amalekites and all that they have, but he saves some of the animals to sacrifice and does not do what the Lord asks. Saul knew what he had to do, but he believed that what he had to do was a better idea. Samuel the Prophet rebukes him and asks him what the Lord wants more, a sacrifice or obedience?

1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

-We had one of our investigators argue that if God knows all things, then He knew that we would sin, and therefore He expects us to sin. Which is one of the arguments of predetermined destination. 

It all comes down to trusting and understanding God and His plan for us. I want to point out two things.

-Heavenly Father does expect us to sin.
         it's part of Gods plan to become like him. We have to face adversity and go through trials. That knowledge only comes through knowing good and evil. We cannot know joy without pain, and thus we know that we must be imperfect, which inevitably means we will make mistakes and sin. however He does not compel us to sin. By definition sin is doing anything contrary to Gods will. An act of our own to choose to disobey God.   

-Got already knows that we will not return to heaven clean. 
          That is why His son, Jesus Christ, is our center in everything. in short, without Jesus Christ we would die both a physical and spiritual death. He agreed to go through with the plan our Heavenly Father had for us in the beginning, and thus provided a way to be forgiven, or in other words, to satisfy the demands of justice. Jesus Christ suffered and died to overcome the inevitable death of being mortal, or imperfect. one of our life long goals is to try to understand His Atonement. The more we understand about the Atonement, the more we understand how free we are to choose our own destinies.

Heavenly Father has a plan and He's set before us the way to succeed. All He asks is that we obey. God does not exist so that we can praise Him, He exists so that He can bring about the immortality and eternal life of man. He lives for us, as we live for Him. He is a God of both justice and mercy. 

Our lives are not predetermined. We have the God given right and blessing of Agency. The ability to choose for ourselves what we really want. 

okay and then this one is just plain and simple. and awesome!

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as a man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

The Lord truly knows our hearts. He knows who we really are. If God wasn't a loving God, He wouldn't care about who you really are. That says something about His personality and Characteristics.

welp I'm out of time! Love you all! 
Hermana Ficklin

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