Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 16th

Hey Y’all!

   This week was pretty crazy! It went from rain to hot to rain to cloudy to rain to hot and all over the place! Tornados are just around the corner (Don’t worry mom we have a shelter to go to) and the trees are starting to bloom and birds are starting to sing and it smells like spring! (That rhymed haha)

Anyways, this week was good. We taught Marty and Isabelle and Charlie (Dad and 2 kids) and set a Baptismal date with them for April 11th! So exciting!! Marty and Isabelle are getting baptized that day for sure but Charlie isn’t quite sure yet. We've been all over the place and talking to everyone! We taught our Atheist investigator Bill and that was interesting. That dude is too smart for his own good. I had no Idea what he was talking about so I just nodded and said yeah sure mhmm... anyways that was fun. 
Then we were coming home from an appt Saturday night and we were late for our curfew. We were a ways away from home and my chain broke on my bike. But because of the tools I had and knowing how to fix it we made it home safe and sound! (Shout out to Peter Reaksecker for teaching me all the Bike stuff I know!) And now my bike works just fine! Anyways I knew that being a prepared Eagle Scout and mechanic would come in handy on my mission! Haha. 
But other than that we got threatened with a gun and told to leave, drilled with questions from a drunk Baptist and talked to a Horus worshipper. It was a crazy week! I love it though! 
 This week I have been thinking a lot about the atonement and what it truly means. In Alma 42 it talks about God and the Laws He has to follow or He would cease to be God. Because we came to earth there are 2 laws specifically that apply to us. The Law of justice and the fact that as Mortal humans we all will die. With the Law of Justice "there is a law given, a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted." When we break that law (The commandments the Lord has given us) we must be punished for that. But also since we will die we could not return to live with God after life on earth. So since the Savior came and suffered the consequence for all those times we sin and break those laws, we don’t have to suffer those consequences. But we must still repent and ask forgiveness. He came and overcame sin and Death which makes it possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father again. Mercy Satisfies the Law of Justice and we can overcome sin. What a blessing! It’s taken me a while to figure all that out and comprehend just how much our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and the mercy they have for us. And I still got more to learn! Read Alma Chapter 42. It’s an amazing one! Love y’all and have a good safe week!

Elder Walker

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