As I was reading in Mosiah 4 this week I came across verses 19-20 and couldn’t agree more with what King Benjamin says:
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
We have no hope in returning to living with God again if it wasn’t for the Atonement of Christ, there is not other way back. We have to get on our knees each night and plead for forgiveness of our shortcomings. Being imperfect isn’t a bad thing, it isn’t something to be ashamed of – our weaknesses will become strengths – they keep us humble. Realising that we cannot do this alone causes us to be humble and ask for help. It is so easy to be prideful especially when we have success, however, remembering that we have this joy not because of our own merits, but because of Christ, gives us greater joy as we realise we have these blessings because he loves us. See also verses 11-12.
It is Charity that I’ve been studying this week as a continuation of studying chapter 6 of PMG. In Matthew 22:37-39 it tells us that the first and great commandment is to love God; which makes sense because if we love God then we will want to keep all of the other commandments because we want to please him and to be like him. When we embody love we are anxious to help others be happy, you will be concerned with the eternal welfare of others, so that you do all that you can to help them. This charity is developed and strengthened when you serve and labour among the children of men.
Here are some quotes that I liked!
“To effectively serve others, we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes” Dale G. Renlund
“Love is the motivating essence of the divine mission, the substance of everlasting life, the key to eternal hope and peace, and the binding power of the relationship between God and his children” Richard J. Allen
“Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race” Joseph Smith
I also really like 1 Corinthians 13:3 because you can posses all the attributes of the righteous but if you have not charity, you are nothing. It’s really interesting the understand how important it is to have charity.
In the bible dictionary it defines charity as the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; the pure love of Christ. Charity is pure, it isn’t tainted by selfishness or want of somethings return (nor need). Charity in unconditional. It is unbreakable. It is what binds us to our Father in Heaven – he loves us beyond belief, there is nothing that we can do to stop him from having this love for us. Charity never faileth, because charity cannot be broken. Charity encompasses all other types of love (not merely affection) – charity from Christ and Heavenly Father is expresses not just through blessing and miracles but through things unseen and unknown to us that bless us nonetheless. Their charity for us is constant. To have charity is a mark of nobility.
It was a pretty packed week although it felt like toward the end of the week we had nothing but bidones… Oh well. We had zone conference on Tuesday which was really great, so spiritually uplifting and great to hear everyone else’s views on repentance.
Then we had a scambio in Bari, which was pretty interesting to say the least. WE HAD PANZEROTTI!!! And there were 6 sisters in the apartment that night, with 1 bathroom…;) In the evening on Tuesday we went to a park and as soon as we entered we were swarmed by mosquitos… In the end I was bitten 28 times…. Then on the Wednesday I was with Sorella Embley’s greenie, my oh my I’ve come so far! She’s only been in Italy a week and a bit and to compare myself with her (which is not advised!) is insane, and a lot of pressure. I had to read all the maps and make sure that we got on the right metros because she didn’t really have a clue. Then I had to do all the translating! It was crazy! Then at pranzo we (Slle Ensign, Embley & I) went to pick up a box of copies of the Book of Mormon with the zone leaders in their car! Our zone leaders are the BEST! They’re so funny, as soon as we entered the chapel they realised that they had 3 or 4 boxes of ice lollies in the freezer so we stood in the kitchen and ate 3 ice lollies each. It was particularly interesting to see Anziano Nessen eat a mint flavoured one!
It was safe to say that all of that drained Sorella Ensign and I, we’ve just been über tired recently! Hopefully we can be less tired this week as we’re planning not to eat rubbish this week! We’ll see how that goes! But we bought electrolyte powder stuff which makes some pretty bright pink juice! We’re hoping that will help us retain the water that were sweating out!
We went to M’s again and this time we made pasta – it was squid ink spaghetti with blitzed tomatoes with olive oil and fresh basil. It was delicious and ridiculously simple! Then we had Hungarian goulash, which was sooooo gooooood! And then pumpkin bread (stolen pumpkins!) with Nutella and then a fresh orange from the country.
We had to say goodbye to K yesterday (she was baptised my first Saturday in Foggia) as she went back to Ukraine… She told me that I can’t loose my poshness! As she gave me Persuasion by Jane Austen to read after the mission!
August is going to be interesting as all but 2 of our investigators have gone on holiday for the whole of August… But President Uchtdorf told President Pickerd that the missionaries in the Italy Rome mission shouldn’t fear August! But just in case, your prayers would be appreciated!
I hope you have a lovely week! Keep safe and vi voglio un mondo di bene!
It’s not about me, it’s not about us.
Sorella Tacchi xxx