Dated:  February 17, 2014

Well, this was a crazy week. Transfers were this week. To start off, we were going to be taking out a new missionary with us on Wednesday, the day before transfers. That is usually our P-day on transfers week, so we took ours on Tuesday so that we could have the full day Wednesday to take the new missionary out. So Wednesday, it snowed like 8-12 inches. Now, that's not that bad in Utah, but out here, they only plow the main roads, and people are terrible at driving in the snow. They canceled the flight for the new missionaries coming in, so some of them were stuck in Texas and others were stuck in Georgia. They pushed transfers to Friday, but the weather was so bad still, they pushed it again till Saturday. The new missionaries finally got to the mission on Friday, and we took them out for a few hours. We went with Elder Lopez. It was fun.

On Friday morning, we started to go and volunteer at a soup kitchen called 'Manna Meal'. They had us make a salad. It was awesome, I was cutting up lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, and a bunch of other things. We also cleaned the kitchen and helped unload a truck. A lot of people seems to be a little leery of us, "the Mormons" there. But it is good because we will warm them up to who Mormons really are. We are going to go every week to help them with breakfast and everything. They feed 410 people a day and they do it 365 days a year. There are some cool people there. It is so fun to do service.

Today I was reading Mosiah 5. It stuck out to me about what it means to take Christ's name upon ourselves. When we are born again, we become His Sons, and His Daughters. That is why he is the Father. He is responsible for our redeemed soul. When we are born to this earth, we take the name of our parents. For example, I have the name SPENCER. People know me by that name, especially out here. I represent our family, because that name identifies our family. It is a part of who I am as a person and it signifies where I came from, and whom I came from. It is the same with Christ's family. When we take his name upon ourselves, we are a part of his family. We stand with him, we represent him, we know to whom we belong, where we are from. We know families can be together forever. Entering into covenants is how we are sealed to our families and to God. Covenants bind us to God, they make us closer to God. So "I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts..." and "that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life..." (Mosiah 5:12, 15) As we take his name into our hearts, it becomes a part of who we are.

This work is so great. I love it. I love all of you. Keep up the Faith. Study, Pray, and GO TO CHURCH because if you do, then you will be blessed!


Elder Josh!

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