Friday, December 4, 2015

Selwin's Thanksgiving Week

The crew building a shed!
The week of Thanksgiving was awesome. On the day itself we ventured far and near to meet the requirements of those who wanted to have us in their presence.  It started out with a 'Turkey Bowl' where not a ball was thrown my way but that was all made up as we ate three (3) square meals that day. Oh, it was glorious!!!

The rest of the week was a good one. It seems these days I keep running into members of the pastor I had met a while back. And as usual I got the same questions and very limited responses, in fact, this lady said I blew her mind and also that I knew my scriptures really well, so I told her the eight article of faith. "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God," but just like her pastor she blocked out the part about the Book of Mormon. Then on Sunday we met a gentleman who pretty much thinks the creation was just an idea and we didn't live with God before we came here (which I expected).  He wanted us to show him proof, he also thinks God will leave us in darkness concerning the salvation of our souls. Very interesting, so he set up a dinner appointment with us to come over again this week.  That should be fun. 

How grateful I am to know the Lord my God will never keep us in the dark as to things pertaining to our eternal salvation and how He blesses us to know of these truths for ourselves as we diligently seek them. During my studies this week I came across a quote by Elder Bruce R. McConkie where he talks about true worship:

Twins ... Hayes and Lawson
"Our purpose is to worship the true and living God and to do it by the power of the Spirit and in the way he has ordained. The approved worship of the true God leads to salvation; devotions rendered to false gods and which are not founded on eternal truth carry no such assurance.

“A knowledge of the truth is essential to true worship. …

“… If [a person] worships the true and living God, in spirit and in truth, then God Almighty will pour out his Spirit upon him. …

“… True and perfect worship consists in following in the steps of the Son of God; it consists in keeping the commandments and obeying the will of the Father to that degree that we advance from grace to grace until we are glorified in Christ as he is in his Father. It is far more than prayer and sermon and song. It is living and doing and obeying. It is emulating the life of the great Exemplar".

Oh, how it is a blessing to know the Lord loves us so much He provided a way that we may know for ourselves the truths which will bless our lives and the lives of those around us.  What more do we need to testify to us of the goodness of our Father in Heaven and to show us that His love stretches far and beyond and cannot be measured for it is endless.

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