One of the best things about our weekly emails is that we get to discuss Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, and other gospel topics. Here are a few we've discussed over the last few weeks.
Elder Lingen - Another way to think of those two parables is in both cases thinking of it as conversion. When we come to the second coming without the oil of conversion, it's just like it says there, and you've probably heard that one before. But think about the other one in that sense. When we don't do anything with the spiritual confirmations and promptings we get, except hide them away, then we are being a slothfull and not a wise servant, but when we push forward in faith, then we gain more confirmation, and we become more converted, which when the master returns, we can show him that we grew our faith and we developed the gifts that he gave us.
Dad: June 15, 2015 This morning I went to a Stake leadership training meeting about focusing on the sabbath and sacrament. It was really cool! I realized that when I make visits on Wednesday nights I need to do three things: 1)express the love of our Father in Heaven and Jesus, 2) talk about the blessings that come from attending church and observing the sabbath, 3)invite people to come to church. I think this gives our visits focus and I hope people will feel the spirit.
Elder Lingen: Remember, the sacrament meeting is the most sacred of all our meetings in the church! It's like what something I learned in the MTC: Imagine a door to door salesman describing how great their vacuum is, but leaving without offering for you to buy it. Not only do you expect them to mention it, but what if you want that cleaner? As missionaries we invite people to be baptised in the first lesson because it both sets expectations, shows them the goal, and offers them a chance to exercise their faith (Alma 32) and accept the invitation. I guess its similar for you, to need that focus, and not just be the nice people that talk every week, but no growth takes place. That's a challenge with us, to not be those people.
Elder Lingen: June 8, 2015 - I've been reading in the old testament lately, specifically in the beginning. Today I read Leviticus 11-13 and I realized how important it was for the Israelites to keep themselves ritually clean. Like it says in Matt , we are commanded to be the salt of the earth. For ancient Israel they had a very hard time doing that, and were very good at mixing traditions with the world. Elder Holland said in a BYU devotional about them that their problem wasn't just when they worshiped idols, it was when they worshiped both idols and Jehovah. They had forgotten to be In the world but not of the world. This ritual cleanliness was like the rest of the law of moses, a reminder, that they were to keep themselves separate. Their failure to keep themselves holy (Lev ) as the Lord was holy, led to the years of captivity. Of course after the captivity until Christ came, they became a little too aloof, and forgot that integral to the abrahamic covenant was to bless all the nations on the earth.
Elder Lingen: June 1st, 2015 - There's one talk about the dead sea scrolls that is just mind blowing, I'll see if I can find more info about it, but the community that wrote them sounds just like an LDS community. Also the BYU talk on faith "His grace is sufficient" by Brad Wilcox, (click to read it) you might have already heard it, is amazing! So cool.