Thursday, August 15, 2013

Aug. 12, 2013
 
Elder Arnold of the Seventy

Elder Arnold of the Seventy came and spoke to our mission in something called a "mission tour." This comprised of three zones meeting at a time to listen to Elder Arnold speak to us on various topics for about 4 hours. He is truly an inspired man. He began by taking the leadership through Numbers 11 where Moses breaks down and asks the Lord to kill him since he's done with the impatient people of Israel (See verse 15). The Lord basically tells him to "Man Up" and repent (verse 18). Elder Arnold then taught the group as a whole about the difference between standards (a set, expected to reach number) and goals (something you set, and you strive your hardest to reach).

He asked us to "open our scopes" of our goals, giving the example of a question his mission president asked him.
"What do you want to do after the mission?" E. Arnold was asked, who then replied,
"Get married in the temple" to which is mission president responded,
"NO, you're going to find a women who you be at your side through every calling, every hardship and everything life has to throw at you. She will be a celestial women, not just someone who you marry in the temple."

This was an example of opening the scopes of our goals, making our goals more specific. Mastering goal setting and accomplishing is vital to our growth both spiritually and physically.

There were many other things which E. Arnold spoke to us about, but the most significant to me was at the end when E. Arnold stated he would be interviewing certain Elders, and I was chosen to be one of them. In the interview, Elder Arnold got a complete read on what kind of person I was through simple questions such as, "What is your job?" "How long have you been out?" "If you could change one thing, what would it be?" I learned much from his responses as I pondered over the interview later. You could say he spoke in parables, to not tell me the answer until I was ready. Thankfully I recorded it in my journal, and have been studying it for a while. BE SURE YOU WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL! It helps you remember things you learn C:
 

This week, we took the Nogales family to temple square for a tour. We brought the less-active mother, her 4 kids, and our investigator Jose, who is the husband. Also with us was the Cardenas family of 4 who came along. The tour went well, Jose said, "I'll try," when invited to be baptized on the 24th. He has a lot of addictions to overcome; so if he doesn't show commitment soon, we'll have to leave him for a time period.

Transfers are tomorrow. Kearns zone will be split in half. We find out what that means exactly tonight. All I know is that there will be a lot of changes. Whatever the Lord wants, that's where I'll go!

You are all great! Keep being great. That's why I write you each week!

Until we read again, 

-Elder Toborg

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