How has everyone been this week? It's pretty much been summer here which is crazy! It's super warm out and we are loving it! Day light savings now just made it super great to be out in the evenings.
So we've had a week full of bible bashers it seems! Kind of crazy! I think the biggest concerns we've addressed OVER and OVER again have been. 1) The Bible is enough. 2) God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 1 person. 3) We had no previous life. 4) If works are required then Christ died for nothing.
1) The Bible is enough. Everyone likes to quote the scripture from Revelations that nothing can be added or taken away from 'the book' which they like to say is the bible. Well first off that scripture applies specifically to the book of revelations. People who think that the Bible is the only word of God are in a way idolizing the Bible. To say that God will only and can only reveal one book of scripture makes scripture an idol instead of words of a living God. We all could fill many books with what we say why would God not do the same? The goal is to return to live with our Heavenly Father and become like him which takes a lot of learning. But of course people don't understand that aspect either. Anyway everytime this comes I think of "6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? 7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? 11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written." The whole chapter really but I won't quote the whole thing no worries. ANd no worries I don't read this to people but I sure do want to often.
2) God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 1 person. Well this one is the weirdest one of all. People laugh at us when we say they are three people. We ask them to tell us how theirs works as one and they quote scriptures like John 3:16 that God sent his son. And other such scriptures that clearly state they are three separate people. They say it can't work because there is only 1 God. But... they seem to think that diety is it's own species. When in fact they are immortal and eternal beings. We are literally created in their image. It doesn't take away from God's nature to say this. It clarifies and upholds his purpose and everything the scriptures teach.
3) We had no previous life. Ya apparently God just created us when we were conceived. Not only does that make the fact that we are all different and the way we are super confusing but it takes away from why we have life after this. It in fact destroys the whole idea of the Plan of Salvation to take away the fact that we are eternal beings and children of God. We in fact did live with God before this life. We developed different talents and abilities that made us who we are today and because of the choices we made then we have been sent to earth at this time for specific reason.
4) If works are required then Christ died for nothing. We met a guy who said that the works we needed to do were no longer need when Christ died. He just did it all for us. That is not true. Faith without works is dead. Christ did not take away our personal responsibility. Being 'saved' isn't as simple as accepting Christ through some prayer. No we must learn and become more like him. This is a development. We have to develop traits to be like him to feel comfortable in his presence someday. Actually we still do have to be baptized. Faith is an action. Which leads us to repent which is also an action which leads to baptism which is very much an action. Which leads to receiving the Holy Ghost which is very much an action same with enduring to the end. So hey! We have to do some work!
Anyway I'm done preaching. But that's a lot of what had been on my mind:)
Well we had interviews with President Taylor this week which were awesome! I really love President Taylor. He has a lot of words of wisdom that is for sure.
We have had a super big problem with matching. One day Sister Hansen and I watched 100% and completely on accident! It's kind of crazy.
We are teaching a sweet lady named Doris. She is AWESOME! She said she wants to adopt us which we accept full heartedly! She always does her homework and asks super good questions. She said she won't get baptized till she's at least read the Book of Mormon so hey... Alma in one week right? :) not really but she is great. She is one of those people who just are hungry to learn which is so rare these days to see in people. I love working with someone who actually and really wants to learn.
In ward council we had a super awesome experience. We received a training from two members of the 70 which we received down the line. But we pretty much teach a principle in a way that brings the spirit super strong. And before had tell them to clear their minds of names and then promise that the spirit will bring names and faces to mind. Well a bunch came to people's names. It was a really cool experience.
Anyway we are headed to the park to play games so I hope you have a fantastic week! I love you all so much! Things are going great. I love you all!
Sister Kaitlyn Beard
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