Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When the Spirit of God touches our hearts, it is meant to change something in our character

Hello everybody!  One more week here in Portugal!  Well news for this week unfortunately we did not see Flavio get baptised this weekend.  We spoke with his father and with him and his dad wasn't 100 percent on it and also flavio still didn't feel the full will to be baptised.  Good news is that he still went to church this last week so we will still be able to make some good progress with him and hopefully see him baptized here in a few weeks.  
Transfer news:  I am staying here one more transfer to finish training Elder Bennett and also I was made again into the District Leader so it should be fun times!  

Well this week went well and yesterday Elder Bennett and I had the opportunity to address the members here in Sacrament meeting on the topic of our choice (so much harder than being assigned a topic)  I in the end chose to speak on our love for Christ.  I think I will base my e mail a bit on the message I gave to the members here.

I based  my talk on one by elder Holland called the first and grfeat commandment that tells of the exchange between the Savior and Peter after the Ressurected savior finds peter has returned to his old life as if nothing has bappened just with the "good feeling" of the past 3 years and the saviors question that is posed three times,  Peter "Do you love me?"  I absolutely love How Elder Holland portrays this event.  How the savior was teaching him that after the experienecs that Peter has had things would NEVER be the same.  And The Atonement was to mark the begging of it all NOT the end.
My message mainly focused on this "  BRothers and sisters how many of us do EXACTLY as peter did?"  How many of us after having felt the spirit burn within our hearts during conference or church or even being in the temple and we return to the exact same habits, saying the exact same things and the exact same "routine" as before with out any change?  When the spirit of God touches our hearts it is meant to CHANGE something in our character, it is meant to give us courage to CHANGE and TURN our hearts more to the Savior and not just to go home just "feeling good"
We have work to do, families to visit, friends to invite and wrongs to right.  There is always something to change and to do.  How do I know that?  Well if you are reading this right now it means you are alive which means you still aren't ready.  So friends HAve the courage to change and really BECOME something through righteous acts and humbling your character. 
I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!
Elder Eldredge

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