Monday, November 14, 2016

Một Năm Nữa

This past week I hit my six month mark! To celebrate it, my companion visited our favorite lady, Bac Bon, and gave her a back massage while she was at her stand on the side of the road. What a great way to celebrate.

This week we had the opportunity to hear from Elder and Sister Funk, who preside over a lot of the missions in Asia. On Thursday we had our zone conference, and on Friday we had MLC with some of the missionaries from Saigon. So much was said and discussed over these 2 days, but I want to talk about just one of them.

Our mission president's wife, Sister Hassell, started a discussion on the word "redemption". What does redemption really mean? We always say that Christ is our Redeemer, but what does that mean? She then gave us the brilliant analogy of a pawnshop: When we sell something, like a guitar, to a pawnshop, we receive money for it. But, if we want to get that guitar back, we have to pay even more to have it back. When we sell ourselves into sin, Christ is the one who has to pay for us. When we get ourselves stuck in the pawnshop, Christ is the one who pays to get us back out. I absolutely love this analogy. I know that Jesus Christ was the only person who could perform the Atonement for us - no one else could have done what He did. I know that He has already paid the price for all of our sins and mistakes, and that through Him we can become clean and forgiven. He is the most kind, loving, humble, patient, and perfect person who is ready and willing to comfort us whenever we need Him. There is nothing that He would not do for us - all we have to do is come to Him. 

Here is a link to a General Conference talk given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks about Christ and the Atonement:

I encourage everyone to read it! And of course, if there are any questions about Jesus Christ, missionary work, or anything about the church in general, I'd be happy to help!

If there was one quote to describe this week, it would be this: "Just you. You don't learn if you don't mistakes. Your dreams." Credit for this beauty goes to Big-C, my favorite superstore here in Hanoi. This phrase was printed on beautiful sweaters that they were selling in the women's department. I totally agree - you will never learn if you don't mistakes. Do not be afraid to mistake.

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