Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 Alma 5:13-16,21, 26-35, 44-46, 49, 51, and 53-55

13 And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and livingGod. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved.

14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who createdyou? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?

27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?

28 Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.

29 Behold, I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? I say unto you that such an one is not prepared; and I would that he should prepare quickly, for the hour is close at hand, and he knoweth not when the time shall come; for such an one is not found guiltless.

30 And again I say unto you, is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions?

31 Wo unto such an one, for he is not prepared, and the time is at hand that he must repent or he cannot be saved!

32 Yea, even wo unto all ye workers of iniquity; repent, repent, for the Lord God hath spoken it!

33 Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the armsof mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you.

34 Yea, he saith: Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye shall eat and drink of the breadand the waters of life freely;

35 Yea, come unto me and bring forth works of righteousness, and ye shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire—

44 For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of God, which is in Christ Jesus; yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people the things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come.

45 And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?

46 Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.

49 And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land; yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free; yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged, and the rising generation; yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again.

51 And also the Spirit saith unto me, yea, crieth unto me with a mighty voice, saying: Go forth and say unto this people—Repent, for except ye repent ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of heaven.
53 And now my beloved brethren, I say unto you, can ye withstand these sayings; yea, can ye lay aside these things, and trample the Holy One under your feet; yea, can ye be puffed up in the pride of your hearts; yea, will ye still persist in the wearing of costly apparel and setting your hearts upon the vain things of the world, upon your riches?

54 Yea, will ye persist in supposing that ye are better one than another; yea, will ye persist in the persecution of your brethren, who humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of God, wherewith they have been brought into this church, having been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and they do bring forth works which are meet for repentance—

55 Yea, and will you persist in turning your backs upon the poor, and the needy, and in withholding your substance from them?

Hey family,
Wow so much happening in one week. With me too. I hope you guys saw all the pictures on the hma turks blog. there is a section of just my area and the baptism we had. The scripture of the week is Alma 5:13-16.   and for those of you that are really hungry, read also verses 21, 26-35, 44-46, 49, 51, and 53-55. these scriptures effected me lots. I can`t believe I am an uncle now, I love little Jett to death already and was thinking about him this week cuz i had a feeling he was born. I don`t have much time to write. But I loved hearing from all of you. That is cool rache and her familia came. something unexpected happened last night. I am being transfered. my new area is Laureles Trujillo. It is unexpected cuz we thought elder contreras would be leaving but he is staying. He has been in Otuzco for 6 months. My new companion is an elder that just has one more change (transfer). My job is to make sure he pushes to the end. This week was really good, I was so stoked for conference. It is amazing that we have a living prophet on the earth, like moses, adam, abraham, all of them. Maybe in the next package you could send me the ensign of conference talks in english. That would be awesome to have. speaking of packages. They came! whole cow i am spoiled. who does shawn think he is?? ten pounds of chocolate, 4 things of peanut butter and crystal light. wow. i loved the pics too. whit has black hair haha. I loved sharing all my stuff. Everyone shares everything here, which is something i have learned. It is awesome. I am leaving this town, i love it the branch everything, Piano in sacrament, english class, and the branch choir has been effected by this transfer, (ha since i was the main dude in those things) hopefully at least the choir can continue. We worked our tails off trying to make sure everything was ready for conference. Big stress, since the branch president was out of town. We figured it all out though. I wish I could have seen it in English. But I love conference so much anyways and the music was great. haha. I prayed hard sunday morning that I could understand it. And because of that I understood almost all in the morning session which was really good. Didn`t have the opportunity to watch preiesthood, cuz we didn`t get that here. hopefully I can. So much happening but I think i will be able to send letters more often now. There was a big parade also. All of the kids make this lanterns of whatever shape, and then march down the town in the dark. it was cool i got somewhat of a picture of it. Also attached some pics of Salpo. I am so happy everything went well with Jett. I think i will write him a song if i get the chance. (unlikely) I love you guys so much with all my heart. wish i could write you all individually. oh also with the packet, I also got a letter from rache (dear elder) one from sister wright, and one from the young women in the ward. That was cool. I`ll have to respond when i get a chance. 
have a great week!

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