Friends and family, So this is the first time I'm actually sending this. As many of you know I'm bad at all things technology. I usually sent this to my mom, who then logged in and forwarded it on or something like that. Today is the day I try it myself! So you might get this once, twice, three times, or no times! Gotta love trouble shooting. So today I will share part of my testimony. I won't share any stories or any details of what I've been doing here besides that I've been working and serving and trying to be better and invite others to do the same. No stories or experiences this week because I feel a need to express what I believe without distraction. God lives. He loves us. He is involved in His work and glory to bring about our eternal life. He is all knowing and all powerful. There is not and will not be a task too great that is beyond His power or that surpasses His ability. There is not and will never be a truth He doesn't already know. His plan for our salvation is flawless and unchanging. There is no need and will not be a need to change an unchangeable plan, to perfect a perfect plan, or to refine a refined plan. It is t a plan that is as eternal as God Himself and we are to act in accordance with that plan. We may not and frankly do not know or understand all the details, but we know enough to play our parts and do our duty. One of the great pieces of His plan, the fundamental unit of society, and the binding tie that holds us all together is His ordained version of a group of individuals coming together in a unity known as "the family." The family is of God and was instituted by Him back when Adam and Eve walked this earth. Marriage between a man and a woman is how He intended us to marry and be given in marriage. The family is not something that has been delegated to us to destroy and defame at our discretion. We have no authority to redefine what The Almighty has defined. I do not say this to unrighteously and disrespectfully offend or contend with others. But I stand by my Father in Heaven and declare to the world that the family is of God and marriage is to be had in the way He organized it. I respect the opinions and stances and rights, privileges, and beliefs of everyone everywhere, and I ask that everyone everywhere respect mine. There will always be a diversity of opinions, but there will never be a diversity of truth. Truth is as complete, perfect, and unchangeable as God, and if it were to change with time, it would cease to be truth and God would cease to be God. BUT GOD WILL NOT CEASE TO BE GOD. He is eternal. Truth is eternal. My determination to stand by those truths is also eternal, and I boldly declare that in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. I hope everyone has an amazing week and finds ways to stand for truth in a loving and peaceable way. Truths must be defended, but the root of God's truth is love. May we all defend truth the way Christ defended truth, through pure love. Love, -Elder Moon
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Dear friends and family,
Missions are awesome! We've met so many people and talked to them and done so much service! I love it here! I've learned so much about the gospel and there's only more to learn!
Scripture for the week, Isaiah 65:5 "I am Holier than thou." It's true. I am holier than all of you. Haha, just kidding! Christ is holier than all of us and the way I apply this is through Isaiah 55:8-9. His ways are higher than ours and sometimes He asks us to do things that don't make any sense. They don't sound smart or logical. But His reasons are above us. We can't comprehend His reasons that sometimes seem to us like tedious, irrelevant, and even stupid things. But as we obey, we will see the blessings that come (D&C 130:20-21).
Funny thought: somebody said "My step dad didn't have a drinking problem, he was VERY good at it!" Hahaha!
Alright, our challenge for the mission is to flood the world with the Book of Mormon. If you don't have a copy, you can easily obtain a free copy through the missionaries in your area! If you haven't read it all the way through, READ IT!! It's another testament of Jesus Christ and like the Bible, it gives us what we need to improve our lives. If you read my emails, please read this book. I know it can help you with wherever you are in life. Even if you think you're all set or if you've read it 100 times. Read it for the first time or the 101st time. It will be worth it.
Enjoy your week!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Dear friends and family,
This last week was great! I had a fun birthday yesterday and we met lots of new people these last few days! I've been doing well and love it here! There's a lot of work to do, but we've been staying on top of it for the most part. We taught a few lessons and did some service. Lots of people ignore us or refuse to talk to us because they think we're going to try and force something on them. If only they would take the time to listen to us. We aren't doing that at all! We're sharing uplifting messages and serve those in need (or even just people who want help).
Here's a conversation we had with one man: We said "how are you?" And he ignored us, so we said "hey, would it be alright if we left you with a card to our website today?" And he said "do you want a beer?" And we chuckled and said "no, did you want a card?" And he said "do you want some weed, some beer?!" And so we said "oh, we're good" so he said "do I push my beer and weed on you?" And we said "no" so he said "then don't push that crap on me" or something, so we said "alright, have a great day!"
Yeah, gotta love people. Anyway, here's a scripture for the week: John 7:17. You'll have to look it up to see what it says because I'm not copying it here! Mainly because it talks about DOING God's will, so you have to ACT to read it. The King James Version of the bible will give you the exact wording I used, so I recommend that one. The challenge for this scripture is to learn something new about God's will (commandments, bible story, anything from scriptures really) and then go DO it to learn for yourself if it is true! I know that if you do this sincerely, and throw in a prayer specifically asking for help to understand His will personally, you will receive a witness, because you receive no witness until AFTER the trial of your faith! So try your faith this week!
Monday, June 8, 2015
Dear friends and family, I'm in New York! Life is good, but very boring right now. This last week was full of training and videos and online things to register and set up and man, it was not as much fun. But now that all of that is over, this week will be great! We met a few people and hopefully we will meet a lot more now that we can go do stuff! We'll be serving, sharing messages, teaching, and just improving the community in general! One thing I would say to everyone reading this (whether you're a member of this church or not) is to not shut people out. Anyone. If they're selling something, maybe it's something you'd want, but you'd never know until you learn what it is. And even if you don't want it, you can have an awesome conversation with someone new, you can learn about a new product (who knows, maybe you'd get an idea for your own million dollar invention), and you'd make a new friend. Same with other religions or political groups or organizations. You might change your mind, you might find something new that you like, and you'd at least learn something new and make a new friend. That's all the news from Elder Moon today. I hope you all have a wonderful week and a great upcoming AMAZING Flag Day holiday (it's kind of an awesome holiday because my parents were blessed with an incredible child *cough cough me cough cough*). It became a great holiday because of me, you're welcome America. Anyway, farewell friends and family! -Elder Moon
PS.. from Mom- no normal pictures, but he did send these. Gotta love missionaries with iPads! He is serving in Geseseo, New York.