What would your life be like without the Book of Mormon?
Honestly I can’t believe it’s Monday… where did the week go?? Also, it’s the last Monday of this transfer… do you know what that means? Next week when I email, I will be in the last transfer of my mission. It’s weird. I can’t really believe it. It’s so crazy to me. Wow. Time flies guys!!!
I’ve been reflecting a lot this week on how much I have changed on my mission. It’s crazy to see how the change didn’t come in some big moment. Instead, it came slowly. By doing little things I’ve really become a new and better person. The Gospel truly changes people for the better. And, the more you live it and let it, the more it really effects you. I feel like sometimes this change can be seen as a negative thing to the world. For, living the Gospel and aligning your life with it definitely goes against the things the world may be screaming at us to do. But, it is worth it! A true disciple of Christ isn’t afraid to stand out and be different. The Gospel makes us unique and distinct, and that’s a good thing. This is something that truly makes me so happy. I want to be a living a breathing testimony of the pure joy that comes from it every day.
In a General Conference talk from 2017, President Nelson, the President and Prophet of the Church asks the questions:
- “what would your life be like without the Book of Mormon?
- What would you not know?
- What would you not have?”
I really took these questions to heart this week. One of the reasons that I even came out on a mission was that I saw how much better my life was and how much happier it was because of the Gospel. It would have been selfish of me to not share the Gospel. I know that lives can significantly change for the better because of the Gospel. Furthermore, what would my life be like without the Book of Mormon? The Book of Mormon is the keystone to our religion. It really is everything that holds us together. So, without it, I also wouldn’t have the Church and the life changing experience of serving a mission. I’m not sure what my life would exactly look like had I not had the Church, but I do know that it would be much more bleak and less joyous. Because of the Book of Mormon, I know my potential and what I can become. It has encouraged me to truly shoot for the stars. I don’t think I would be even half as motivated and confident to achieve my goals and take risks without the Gospel. On my mission I have felt so much support and love. I know anything is possible to those who believe. I look at lives without the Gospel. Whether they know it or not, they’re missing something. As much goodness as someone may have in their life, I know the Gospel can add more still. Many people don’t understand their purpose here on earth. They don’t understand their great potential and divine nature. They don’t understand the constant support that can be there cheering you on and carrying you to pure happiness. My life would be so different without the Gospel.
It’s crazy to think about the power that the Book of Mormon really has. But because of this book, we have so many truths and understandings It has transformed me into the person I am today. Every lesson I have learned and grown from on my mission leads back to the Book of Mormon and it’s power in my life. I used to be worried about going home and everybody really noticing a change and a difference. I used to fear what people would say. Now I am confident and proud. Sure, I wasn’t a terrible person before my mission, but I definitely had a ton of room to grow. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have to change each day.
This week I was reading a scripture in the Book of Mormon that I never really thought about because everyone loved it and used it. It took on a whole new meaning though. It is Alma 7:11-13.
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succorhis people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
These verses explain the depth and power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. It talks about how he didn’t just take on our sins, but he also suffered for our pains, sufferings, temptations, afflictions, sicknesses, infirmities, transgressions, and eventually death. He suffered so much so that he would know precisely how to succor or help us in any time of need. Jesus truly has felt it all and knows how we feel. It talks about how he did all this so that he could “loose the bands that bind his people”. Because he felt all this, we can be free with his help. We don’t have to be bound down or held back. As I stated earlier, we don’t have to have bleak lives with no real confidence of achieving goals or aiming high. Because of the atonement, we can achieve our highest potential. We don’t have to be weighed down by sins or hardships or weaknesses. He loosed those bands that held us back from greatness so we can be our very best selves. This verse really helped me see how much God loves me and wants the best for me and really wants me to be my very best self and achieve my highest potential.
So that has really been what I’ve been pondering this week. Not a lot of teaching or anything exciting really happened this week, so we had lots of time to think. We worked hard every single day trying to find people who are ready for this life changing message. We did lots of service this week too, which was super fun! And me and Hermana Caldes took many adventures while on exchanges going out into all the middle of nowhere places in our ward (we may or may not have even drove out of the mission boundaries by accident and went to redlands……). It was fun haha!!! Maybe more fun and exciting things will happen this week. It’s FIRE WEEK (the last week of the transfer) so we are really gonna give it our all!
Love you! See you soon!!