Fams and Friendily,
I hope that you are doing well! Things are going really well here. We have two investigators preparing to be baptized next week, Vera and Valdenice, which is going to be super great. The members are helping us out well, so I don't doubt that it'll work out.
Mom, thanks much for the letter. I'm going to cherish it forever and I'm excited for the next one.
I had a cool experience this week. Actually, it was last night. I was a little bit confused about what is the best way to act, because there are two great counsels that I've heard my entire life, but the other day it seemed like they contradicted each other.
1. Counsel number one: Always be yourself.
2. Counsel number two: Repent, change, stop doing stuff wrong, strip yourself of the natural man, become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So how can I be myself if I'm naturally prone to make mistakes?
One one end of the spectrum we have the people that just want to be themselves. I think this argument is one of the biggest reasons why some people like to denounce personal responsibility and accountability to God and any other governing organization, in an extreme effort to be yourself. Your own, worldly, decaying self. But your firm in your conviction.
On the other end of the spectrum we have the changer, who is ridiculously flexible to the point that never develops or unleashes a true, lasting personality. His personality belongs to other people; he analyzes every situation and acts accordingly. He is not firm as a valley, nor does he run to righteousness. He flows in whichever direction that he is tilted.
So where do we need to be? Just like the majority of personality spectrums, we want to be in the middle. From what I understand, we need to change to be ourselves. Inside of us we already have a conscience, we already know what is right, it just needs to be searched for and then followed. We're like a rock that starts at the top of a creek and as it rolls down, remains the same rock but is polished and smoothed to reveal it's true nature. I made a goal to grab my patriarchal blessing and right down some attributes that I already have and then to live up to them.
That's my schpiel for now. Much love,