Monday, November 4, 2013

Nov 4, 2013

Here is a picture of Salvador Oregon's family
who we took to temple square a couple weeks ago.
It's a picture fitting for Halloween!
Friends and Family,

I find myself wrapped up in the wonderful emails that you have been sending me, I love seeing pictures of things that have been going on. Thank you for your support, and I feel your love! 

This upcoming Wednesday is transfer day. I've been feeling for a while now that my 11 month splurge in the city of Kearns is coming to an end, though I'd love to stay! I know lots of changes will happen this transfer, and I'm ready to learn and grow from the new people I meet, and new situations I find myself in. 

This past Wednesday, I attended our monthly Mission Leadership Council, comprising of all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. Here are some insights that our key holder, President Chambers, taught us:

Coming to Earth, with the ability to choose, known as agency, was the only way we could gain the experience necessary to become what God would have us become. When we lived with God as spirits before this life, our agency was influenced by God's presence. I imagine it was easier to choose the right when we could see God face to face! 

To perpetuate further growth, God created Adam and Eve as the first spirits who would receive a physical body. They lived on Earth in the presence of God, and were given certain commandments to obey. Eventually, Adam and Eve chose to disobey one of the commandments, the eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and had to be cast out of God's presence. 

This places us in the circumstance we are in now. God gave more commandments to his children to lead them back to Him. God's plan was never to only "save" us, meaning that we would live in comfort with him again with a glorified and perfect body in heaven. God's plan is to exalt us, meaning we can become similar to Him. The only way to do this is for us to gain experience through our choices. Experience is crucial. We fall, get up, learn, grow, repeat. Someday, in eternity, we will master every part of life, and become perfect like God. This process cannot be achieved in this life, thus demanding the necessity of our resurrection and continued growth after this life. 

Yes, we will have more time after this life, but don't take this time lightly. If we do not keep God's commandments, we can disqualify ourselves for increased learning. We also learn from the prophet Joseph Smith, Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come. (Doctrine and Covenants, 130: 19-19). 

Let us keep using our agency to keep the commandments, starting with baptism to cleanse us of our mistakes. Everything we go through is for our growth and learning! 

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Toborg

Here is a picture of Salvador Oregon's family who we took to temple square a couple weeks ago. It's a picture fitting for Halloween!

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