Missionary Letter for week of July 20th, 2015

Mom,
This week was great! We are really trying to focus on finding JOY in our missionary work, and this week we really found it! Sister Campbell and I saw a lot of blessings this week and we had a great time doing the Lords work.

We had a baptism this Saturday! It was awesome! She was so excited she couldn’t hardly stand it. She was jumping around and couldn’t sit still. It was pretty cute. Her Dad (not a member) came to the baptism and was listening to everything that was said very intently. So good! I will send a couple pictures.

Which reminds me of something super cool that was said in church yesterday. The second counselor in the Bishopric, Brother Snow, said that his kids had been asking him about what the difference between faith and belief were. He said some very profound things. He talked about how we can believe in anything, but when we have faith, it requires action. If we truly believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior then we will repent. Belief leads to faith, but faith requires action. It made me start thinking about certain things if I truly have faith, or if I merely believe. It was good for me to check myself, which I think we should all do regularly. If we are in the beginning stages of belief, that’s ok- but we must not be content with our belief. We need to do as Alma speaks about in Alma 32. If we do have faith, great! But we still cannot be content. We must continue to act on that faith and build it.

Being on the mission has really opened up my eyes to the importance of the principles of the Gospel. It is crucial for us to do the simple things day in and day out. We cannot allow ourselves to become lax on our scripture reading, prayers, or church attendance. It is by small and simple things that great things come to pass. It is by small and simple things that arm us with God’s power. It is the small and simple things that help us to see clearly and not be deceived. I will forever be grateful for having my eyes opened to the necessity of these small and simple things.

I have been studying about obedience lately, and during my studies I read a great talk (one of the many) from Elder Holland. He says this about agency and obedience,
“We don’t really know very much about the pre-mortal council in Heaven. But one of the things that we do know is that the issue was agency and obedience. We are free to choose. There was a great division over this matter. 2/3 followed the Father, lining up behind the Son in that obedience and 1/3 did not. The impediments there were the impediments you know from scripture, call it what you will- rebellion, arrogance, hostility, or evil.
That battle is still being waged, the arena has changed. What began in Heaven has moved to this earth, but that fight is still on. It is the most fundamental issue in our lives. Will we choose, with our agency, to voluntarily, humbly, obediently, follow God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, or not? That is the issue of all eternity, it was the issue before we ever came here, and it is the issue now.”

I love you and I hope that you have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Elliott

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