Friends and Family, Sorry this is coming late, we had a combined zone activity today 2 hours away, which means 4 hours driving round trip, so we have been given extra time to finish emails and shopping and other necessities tonight. Thanks to everyone who sent their favorite songs and told me about their experiences reconnecting! Shout out to a high school band friend who chose me as their friend to reconnect with! So I'm now in Lewiston NY and things are slow. My new companion and I are both new to the area so it's interesting trying to meet people and get things rolling! But challenge accepted! It'll be fun, and hard, but most of all, it'll be a good experience to push myself to give more than I've ever given of myself and learn to love more people more perfectly. Challenge of the week, this is a thought I had the other day: We would be a lot more healthy and fit if all the calories we ate and all the exercise we did affected our spouse's body, not ours. We wouldn't eat that extra cookie and we'd push ourselves to jog one more lap because we want our spouse to be healthy and fit. But when it's our own body, we justify eating that extra candy bar and skip our daily set of push ups because, well, we are happy with how we look. But think, your body is a temple Heavenly Father has given you. I'm not married, so I can't think about eating my spouse's calories or exercising for them, but I do love God and want to please Him. The challenge this week is to choose healthy foods and do a little more exercise than we usually do to make our temples more "fit" for the kingdom! Love God enough by taking care of the body He has blessed us with! Also, let me know what some of your ideas are so I can use and spread them! Have a great week everyone! -Elder Moon
Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Friends and Family,
Well my question is how can you love the sinner and hate the sin? It's easy to hate the sin, but sometimes I find myself hating the sinner too. If I knew how to answer this question, I'd be much better than I am now. But I think the answer is practice. Constantly trying and serving and praying for a change of heart to see others the way God sees them. Thanks for everyone who sent their questions, all of like 3 people. Haha, but that's fine.
This week's challenge is to tell me what your favorite song is and why (religious, pop, rock, any genre). I'm doing well, we've seen a few miracles this last week. One lady was super excited to get a copy of the Book of Mormon and was anxious to read it (which never happens). We were about to walk down Main Street and just try to meet people, but I got a thought "go to the Gaby family" and I thought to myself "nah" and immediately the same thought came into my mind as surprisingly as if it was a new thought "go to the Gaby's" so I asked my companion "do you want to go to the Gaby's?" And he said "yeah." So we walked over there and gave someone a copy of the Book of Mormon on the way, and as it turns out, the Gaby's were there and we sat and taught a lesson and invited them to a member's house (their friends) for another lesson later on! It was amazing!
That's all from Elder Moon, everyone have a great week!
PS shout out to my awesome sister who gave a phenomenal homecoming talk yesterday!!
Hey dad---look at this! (fake dunk!)
Monday, August 3, 2015
Friends and family,
Well this week was good. We had a few crazy people yell at us and ask us random strange questions and lots of rejection, but we also had lots of success. For example (on the less positive side) I went up to one man walking by and said "hey sir, how are you?" And he yelled "GO!! I'm tired of talking to preachers!!" That was a little crazy...
I'm pretty sure he was crazy too, or on drugs based on the way he turned and looked at us and all. But everyone deserves to be loved.
So a note of apology, the first few emails I've sent have been a little forceful about reading the Book of Mormon or other things. I apologize if I seemed to take away your agency (free will/ability to choose). Everyone has their own choices to make. However, it's still true that you won't know until you try. So I invite (not force) you to give it a shot! The worst that could happen is you get sucked into goodness and spend more time than you expected deeply thinking about what is written. :)
I will be honest, I didn't pick a specific thing to increase my faith in Christ this last week among the rush of last week. But I finished the Book of Mormon for the 8th time and still know it's true, and that increased my faith in Him!
This week's challenge: think of a question, preferably a spiritual question, and then ask me. I'll give you my answer next week, but also pray about it and see what you learn!