Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Elect

Miracles are happening and happening and happening. 

We had interviews this week with President Maurer. It's always great to talk to him and get his advice and insight about things in the mission and life. 

I've got 3 weeks left of time with Sister Healey here in Catbalogan. I'm trying my best to enjoy it while it lasts. I'm gonna miss her tons! She's been by far one of my best friends in the mission and I've learned tons from her. It's amazing to see Heavenly Father place you with the people that will help you grow the most. He knows everything:)

This week, we met a woman who is, "Searching for the truth". I love it when we actually get people like this because they seem rare. Most people are stuck in their religion, which is mostly Catholicism because it's culture and tradition. It's been in the family for generations. This particular lady though, I spoke with while on exchanges with another missionary while we were riding a tricycle going to an appointment. She had so many questions and has been investigating other churches. 

Doctrine and Covenants 29: 7, 8 says:

 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine electfor mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in untone place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
Heavenly Father knows where the 'elect' are - those who will soften their hearts to the message and follow the Savior. Some are truly looking for the truth, and others haven't yet realized that the gospel is missing in their lives. And the only way we're going to find them is if we open our mouths and prayerfully ponder each thing we do. 
One thing we've been focused on teaching lately is the process of repentance. Most people know it's important but don't know much about it. This is something I've definitely learned more about being on the mission. It's SUCH an important part of our lives!!!! We should be repenting every day. This means each night, we review with Heavenly Father our day and the things we want to work on and improve upon in our lives and our selves. We ask for forgiveness of the things we've done wrong, and follow through on plans we've made with Him to do better the next day. We fix things we need to with other people we've wronged, and if needed, talk to the bishop about things we've done that are weighing on us. The result of this continuous process is tremendous. None of us are perfect and we each need to actively apply the atonement to our lives every day. Every day every day every day:) The freedom and lightness we receive is tremendous, and I'm grateful to have seen repeatedly throughout the mission how people have changed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

Apply the Atonement. Live the Gospel with ALL YOUR Heart. "Be Not ashamed, for the Lord thy God is with thee, Withersoever thou goest". 
Love you tons:)
Sister Russon

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