Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 29 Service and Faith

This week was way cool!! Let's get right to it.

We did service and helped someone move because the last elders signed us up for it. Then we got stuck in traffic trying to get to the ferry to head to the mainland. We went shopping, went on an exchange, and I stayed on the mainland while Elder Addington went back to the island. I stayed with Elder Davis on Elder Kuble's bike.... it was painful to be on bike for the first time, but I'm still here so we're good. 

I stayed with Elder Davis, and we did a lot of work in his area. I got thunder legs from it (it just means they really hurt), but we had a good time. Elder Davis is a fun elder!!

We had district meeting, and it was a great one. We talked about baptismal contacts and how to do it. It was pretty cool. We talk to people about baptism, and it seems to work pretty well. Then after, we went home on the island and did some service for Jake, one of our members. We had a good time. He's a cool guy. Then we had dinner, met with the bishop, and then went home.

Elder Addington wasn't feeling too well, so he slept for half the day. Then we went to Jake's again and did some more service for him. Jake is handicapped so we have to help as much as we can. He's a total red neck, and yes, he does watch Duck Dynasty too. He's so funny!! Then we had dinner and went to help the family that we helped move in on Monday to help them some more with moving in. Then we went home.

We weekly planned, had lunch, and then we went and met all the new move ins...nothing big.

We went to Jake's and helped him drive his Honda Odyssey go-kart. He had a hard time driving it, so I had to get on the front of it and help him steer it while he drove it back to his garage. I had a fun time and so did he. Elder Addington filmed the whole thing, but it didn't save. Oh well.... 

We had 3 investigators come to church, and they all really liked it. They are going to come back next week. Then after we cleaned the apartment, we took naps because Elder Addington and I weren't felling so well. Then we had dinner and went home to account.

Here is my spiritual message. I hope you like it:
So this week I learned something really cool. I really love the story of the blind man in John chapter 9. This is the story:

1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

It's so crazy how this all works because this man had so much faith from what Jesus said to go do. The spirit was super strong there too because he went and did exactly what Jesus told him to. If I was the blind man, I would have asked what the heck was going on. I love the next part of the story though:

8 ¶The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

 9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

 11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

 12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

 13 ¶They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

 14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

 16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

 17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

 19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

 20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

 21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

 23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

 24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

 25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

The Pharisees had their own disbelief and thought that this man was lying, and they also thought that Jesus was a sinner. This man could see they didn't like Jesus, and so to get them off his back he say's "Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." Here's the rest of the story:

26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

 28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.

 29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

 30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

 32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

 33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

 34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

 39 ¶And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Jesus has a simple lesson here, and that is what the man said, "I was blind, now I see." Every person that Jesus met was blind and could not see the gospel in their life. Their faith was lacking, but Jesus helps us see the gospel. He softens our hearts and helps us to repent of our sins, and that is what He did in this story. He helped this man see and taught that he does that for all. I hope we all can see Christ as He really is, our friend, our brother, our savior. I know this is true, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Hammond

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