September 16, 2014 (week 61)

Well this past week was pretty frustrating. We are working really hard in this area but there doesn’t seem to be much happenning. We have been teaching some good people but they need to put more effort. That is always the hardest part about being a missionary. You work so hard trying to help people that often times don’t seem to care to help themselves.

Alright this letter is getting pretty depressing already. If people could just understand only a little bit their attitude would change completely. Everyone here says they believe in God and when you ask them, “What is the importance of God in your life?” just about everyone without fail says everything. But if they stopped and analyzed their life from an unbiased perspective they would appear as Athiest, because their belief in God doesn’t seem to make a difference. We talk to hundreds of people, and most of the people that reject us, reject us because “they go to church or read the Bible.” If only people could understand that that is not even close to enough. It reminds me of a talk that Elder Holland gave saying that people want a God that is easy, but this same God said in Matthew 5:

“29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

If people could just understand one fact in their life I believe it would change everything. Salvation requires sacrifice: sacrife of your time, sacrifice of your desires, sacrifice of life you lived for a life free of sin, and most importantly the sacrifice none of us could pay, the sacrifice of the Son of God. Sometimes I imagine what Christ must think about how we use his sacrifice. The price of sin is payed but we, mortal being with our short-sided vision, insist that it is not, by continuing to do the wrong things and live a life of momentous joys that won’t even last the season.  We delay our repentance and suffur as a result, and we make these choices repeatedly.

Lucky for us God has an infinite love and gave his only son as a sacrifice for us.  If we could give value to that solumn act in all that we do our lives would change forever.

Love

Elder Lawrence

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