Stonecreek Ward Missionaries
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Elder Zach Taylor - August 7-14th update
Elder Zach Taylor
Okay so this week has been pretty much the best
week of my life. Everything was just so good... the lessons from our teachers
were good every day, we got to do some new stuff, and I've seen a bunch more
people I know! It's been great.
Well first of all, I saw my cousin
Rebecca on...friday I think it was. It was cool to see her! She gave me a hug,
and you know, we're not supposed to do that here so some people walking by kinda
had weird looks on their faces.. luckily one Elder in my district yelled "It's
okay, they're cousins!" What a nice guy... haha ;) I've also seen a lot more
friends from school here this week! These names probably don't mean anything to
you.. but i saw Justin Ly, Kyle Mollinet, Scott Sweeten, Ellie Garlitz, Chase
Snow... I think that's all. It's been cool to see so many people!
sunday, our zone was asked to be ushers for the devotional. It was cool to wear
the tag that says "usher" and be all official...but not gonna lie it felt kinda
pointless. I pretty much just stood at the top of the stairs and made sure
people sat down..which they just did by themselves. Oh well, it was pretty cool
to help out anyway.
Now for the best part of the week. I've just got to
say, my teachers are two of the coolest people I've ever met. They really have
helped me to see things in a different way and have gotten me really excited to
go serve. But anyway, sometimes Hermano Miller likes to just take a half hour
and have us ask questions and we answer them with scriptures usually from the
book of mormon, but sometimes with other ones. On friday, we got talking somehow
about what the "more sure word of prophecy" is. He had us read in D&C 131.
In there, it says that the more sure word of prophecy is the second comforter
that we receive. It's being sealed up unto a knowledge that you will be saved in
the Celestial Kingdom. He explained that in other instances of that happening,
prophets would actually see Christ himself and he would tell them that they are
going to the celestial kingdom, and they would know that they had been saved. He
then told us to read Elder Holland's testimony from April's general conference.
In it, he says something like "I know these things by what Peter called the more
sure word of prophecy." He had us just think for a minute about the implications
of that. He then went on to say that the great thing about this church is that
people can say all they want, but unless they have living clergy that actually
speak to Jesus Christ, he doesn't want to hear it. I've been brought into a
whole new perspective of who these men actually are. Christ himself is literally
involved in running this church, and that is why it is the ONLY true church on
the face of the earth. It makes me want to really study the words of the modern
prophets like I would the scriptures, because, after all, isn't that exactly
what the scriptures are?
On saturday, hermano miller got talking with
us again about the celestial kingdom. He told us that the thing that makes us
different from other churches is that this church challenges us to become
something rather than just get to a final destination. He said this life is not
about getting to a celestial kingdom, but about becoming a celestial being. He
said that as he's gained in knowledge, he can feel himself becoming more like
the savior, more of a celestial being. I was always worried that I would come
back and not do the same things I did before, but I've come to realize that it
simply won't be a part of me. Hermano Miller said that it just becomes part of
our nature as we get closer to becoming celestial beings. Things that we used to
do we simply won't want to anymore because of who we are becoming. I thought
that was really cool.
Back to the whole thing with the apostles.. last
night, Richard G. Scott spoke in the devotional. After having realized more
fully who he is as an apostle of Jesus Christ, I could just feel the spirit
enter the room so strongly as we all stood up when he walked in. There seemed to
be more light surrounding him than anyone else. It really is amazing who the
prophets and apostles are, and I have a whole new respect and knowledge of them.
One cool thing was that he promised us that we would be able to learn the
language as we had faith. I though it was amazing to have an apostle right there
actually telling us that. It was so cool!
I'm realizing I'm really
going to miss my teachers.. they're so amazing. We took a picture with them
yesterday since Hermano Miller is leaving to hawaii in friday for a week and we
probably won't see him again before we leave. Hermana Christensen is leaving to
teach in the Mexico MTC on tuesday or something, so that's kinda sad too... I'm
realizing how hard it's going to be to have to leave these people I've met in
the MTC. I mean I still miss you guys.. but this is much worse. haha just
kidding ;) I guess it's something I'm going to have to get used to, not only on
my mission but afterwards as well. I included the picture we took yesterday. The
one on the far left that's almost as tall as me is hermano miller, and hermana
christensen is (obviously) the only girl in the picture. They're both amazing
teachers and I'll miss them after this last week and a half is
Well, sorry to overload you all with spiritual stuff and my
personal feelings about leaving... hopefully you've made it this far. haha The
MTC is great, but I can't wait to get out there. Adios!