March 19, 2017
Happy late Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you all wore green. I did! (completely unintentionally too)
Well today I have very little time because I’ve been responding to all the wonderful emails you all have sent me! Thank you! I guess I got what I asked for and now I have less time to write my big email. Whoops.
This week we had Zone Conference and exchanges. In Zone Conference I had the special opportunity to be part of an object lesson. President Teh asked for a volunteer and after 20 seconds of awkward silence I raised my hand. He had me come to the front and stand by the pulpit. He then divided the room in two. One side was light, the other dark. One side the influence, power, and joy of God, and the other of the temptation and misery of the Devil. He placed me on the light side, but just next to the line that divided the two. That is where most people stand. They’re in the right. They’re not bad people. They do good things. But they stay close enough to the influence of the devil to see the enticing view. In order to progress and come closer to God we have to put forth a lot of effort. We have to diligently study the scriptures and pray daily. We need to give service, be kind to our fellow man, and righteously live as followers of Christ. We must keep our eye single to the glory of God, and never look back. However, the moment you decide to turn around to get a few of what you left behind, you no longer are focused on moving forward. You’ve become distracted and are in danger of regressing. In the example, at this point I was standing by the wall on the good side, as far as I could go, but because of distractions, I was no longer facing the light of God. I had turned around and was facing darkness. Well little by little, small decision here, a little bit of laziness there, I began walking back towards where I had began, away from the light of God. I was still on the right side, but I was falling. When I eventually stood right by the line between good and evil, President Teh, who represented the Devil, decided to tempt me. He placed a Twix bar just on the other side of the line, where the Devil had influence. Well, in line with the example, I stepped over the line to grab the Twix, perhaps thinking I was close enough I could just go back over to the light once I had the Twix. Wrong. Once I crossed the line, President Teh could grab my arm, coax me further, and tell me I was fine right where I was. He even went so far as to place another candy bar farther into the dark side of the room. I grabbed the candy bar and found myself even farther from the light of God.
Its easy to regress. Its easy to come under the influence of the adversary. In order to avoid the regression, the temptation, and the eventual misery, we must be diligent. We must ALWAYS have our eye single to the glory of God. We must faithfully serve Him, follow Him, and love Him. After Christ was resurrected He appeared to Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. There he asked Peter if he loved Him. Peter replied yeah Lord thou knowest I love thee. You may already know the response Christ had for His Apostle, “Feed my sheep.”
I love the Lord my God. I love Jesus Christ. Right now I’m doing my best to feed His sheep and keep my eyes single to the glory of God.