Friday, August 19, 2016

The Good, the Bad, and the MTC

The good, the bad, and the MTC

The MTC drowns you in the gospel. I have been reading the Book of Mormon and am trying to finish it before i leave to Madagascar. It is full of life changing lessons and teachings.

A word that has been on my mind a lot lately is "humility". It is the key to receiving answers and direction. Pride is like a Dam that cuts off all access to revelation and spiritual guidance.

I watched a video called "The Will of God" the other day, i'm sure a lot of you have seen it. Go watch it again. It is the best analogy about trusting in God and his plan for each of us.

God is our father in heaven, he loves us and knows us all personally. I believe he has placed us all in families, situations, and places that he knows will lead us back to him. Sometimes things happen that make life seem hard and unfair. God always wants to help us but he cannot with out our consent. Any one that thinks they can do it on their own is just too proud and stuck in their ways to grab the rope when they are down in a pit.

In the video "The Will of God" a gardener cuts the branches off of this massive current bush, when he is finished he notices the bush is crying. When he asks the bush what is wrong the bush replies, "How could you do this to me, i was making such wonderful growth and you cut me down. The Gardener replies, "listen little current bush i know what i want you to be, not a big shade tree but an abundant fruit bush. And one day you will realize that i loved you enough to cut you down, so that you may grow into something better than before." This relates to us and our Father in Heaven. All he asks of us is to trust him and his plan. When we are having hard times just know that they wont last, this is because of the Atonement. Christ sacrificed everything so that we maybe able to have a rope to grab when we are stuck in a pit.

I have been humbled many times in the MTC, Malagasy is a hard language to learn. Sometimes i find myself getting frustrated and thinking that i could do so much better as a missionary if i could speak English. Then i remember that video. The Lord knows what he wants me to be and if i endure to the end i will see the fruits of my labor. I will understand the principle that my Father in Heaven cuts me down so that i may grow into something even better.

Elder Allen

This is a link to that video for anyone interested, it is fairly short and a beautiful message for everyone:
God uses love-inspired correction to guide us to a future we do not or cannot now envision but which He knows is the better way for us.

(click on picture to watch video)

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