3 Apostles in 4 weeks?!? Yeah, we're kinda sorta the most blessed, luckiest missionaries that ever hit the MTC :) This Tuesday we were blessed to hear from Elder Russell M. Nelson and his wife. He was SO cool and down to earth and acted like a normal person with us. At one point during the devotional he asked for the lights to be dimmed so we could see a slide on the projector screen but after about a minute nothing had happened. So he said, "What? Is it against the Word of Wisdom to dim the lights?!" hahaha! I thought it was quite hilarious :P
He gave a talk about the Book of Mormon. The Sunday before the Devotional we were each given a copy of the October Special Edition of the Ensign (It's kinda sorta epic, you all need to read it.) He talked about it's translation, the 4 different editions of the Book, the Book's purpose, and the purpose of our Church. EVERYTHING is about our beloved Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ! :) I really liked everything he said about the Book of Mormon, there's just too much to talk about haha.
One of the things I found really interesting was when he talked about the translation of the Book of Mormon. He said that scholars today, with all of the technology and advanced methods that are available to them, translate scripture into other languages at a rate of 1 page per day. Joseph Smith, a 23 year old living in the 1800s with no technology and with very little education translated the Book of Mormon at a rate of 8 to 10 pages each day! He translated the 531 pages of the Book of Mormon in somewhere around 53 days. What took Joseph Smith around 2 months to translate would take scholars today around 2 whole years! Isn't that amazing?? How can anyone say that the Book of Mormon was not brought into the world by the power of God?
I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that if you read it every day, with real intent to learn from it, your life will be filled with the Spirit and you'll be happy and blessed. When I was at home I ususally read the scriptures every night but it was usually just skimming over the verses before I went to sleep. I've learned here that in order to get a lot out of the scriptures we have to put a lot into our STUDY of the scriptures. Don't read them study them. I know that if you pray for the spirit each time before you read, the Lord will give it to you (3Nephi 18:20)
Well, not too much exciting non-spiritual stuff happened this week. Funny story though :) Yesterday we were sitting at dinner and Elder Cloward was staring off into space past the Elder sitting across from him. A Sister walked past and looked right at Elder Cloward, smiled at him, and kept walking past. His face turned as bright red as a tomato! hahaha :) I laughed the hardest I have for a while, it kinda sorta made my life haha!
TAGALOG PHRASE OF THE WEEK: Naramdaman kita pare! It means "I feel you bro!" haha. The language is still coming for me. It's hard work but I definitely have the Lord on my side :)
Well that's it for this week! Sorry so short!
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