Thursday, March 24, 2016

Got to go to the temple!

This week all three of our investigators with baptismal dates have
been interview and found ready to enter the waters of baptism!:) They
will be getting baptized this Saturday at 11. It has been quite the
journey with all three of them, but I can testify that God has been
there the whole time. We have seen little miracles the whole time we
have been teaching them.
 This week we had our zone council. The begging was a little rough,
because no one was making comments, and we were really wanting it to
turn into a discussion. The second half of the council went a lot
better. I was able to lead a training/discussion on the Atonement. It
helped get everyone a little more energetic and there were a lot of
beautiful testimonies and comments made. That's what I love about the
topic of Jesus Christ and his atonement, it's the fastest way to bring
the spirit into any setting. During the council we talked about how
everything we teach is centered around the Atonement.  Prophets, the
scriptures, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Restoration and the Plan
of Salvation would lose it's purpose if it were not for Jesus Christ.
There is a quote by Joseph Smith that I love it says " No doctrine in
the gospel is more important than the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If
the gospel were compared to a wheel, the Atonement would be the hub
and all other doctrines would be the spokes emanating from the hub. As
the Prophet Joseph Smith declared, “The fundamental principles of our
religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning
Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day,
and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our
religion are only appendages to it”. We also talked then tied the
Atonement training into the churches new Easter initiative. It's very
similar to the Christmas one they did last Easter. The new video is
pretty good, it shows a lot of adults sharing their testimonies of
Jesus Christ and his resurrection. If you haven't seen it go watch it
at! Then go post it on your social media:) We are
excited to use it to find more people to teach.
   This Friday I had the opportunity to go to the temple with elder
Thomas. We went to go see a man that elder Thomas baptized a year and
a half ago get sealed to his wife. Elder Thomas's trainer, who has
been home for over a year, picked us up and took us to the temple.
While we were waiting we got to take part in a couple of sealings for
the dead. We got to act as sons. It was great! Then we went through an
endowment session and then watched the sealing. I love the temple and
the spirt that dwells there! There is nothing like it in the whole
world. Brother Wright, a member form Woodland Springs that I loved,
was also at the sealing. It was really fun to see him!
   I love you all and will be praying for each one of you. Have a great week!


Elder Griffin

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