Monday, August 15, 2011

Week 24: The Gospel Is Beautifully Simple and Simply Beautiful

Hey my beautiful family and friends. What a great week it has been here in St. George. So many wonderful things happened. I'm not exactly sure where to start. I didn't write last week so there are a few good things to share this week.

Two weeks ago Elder Leguizamon and I were out walking to a person's house and we get to the cross walk and there are two girls in a PT cruiser with the top down. I took a closer look and it was my friend Maze who I met at BYUH. She is going to Dixie and we got to talk to talk for a second. It was one of those little tender mercies from the Lord that lifted my spirits and energized me. Then just last Saturday Elder L and I were walking past Dixie High and this SUV pulls up and this woman in the back says "Cameron!" I look over and it was Bishop Nielson's wife! Bishop Nielson was my bishop in my college ward back at BYUH. They moved recently but how small of a world is it when they see me on the street of St. George, recognize me, and pull over? It is so neat when you randomly see people you know like that.

On Tuesday my "fairy Godmother" brought me a ton of food. Us Elders went out to lunch and when we got back to the house there was food and a few other things and what not from my fairy Godmother. Mom, tell Trisha she is too good to me! Last week you sent the Nordies stuff and now this?! I feel so blessed. I feel so lucky and loved. I feel so blessed to be in the service of the Lord and to be receiving so much. I just want everyone who has been so good to me to know how much I appreciate you.

We really had a lot of success teaching productive lessons this week. As a missionary you go through times where you are teaching and your message seems to fall upon deaf ears. As it says in 2Nephi 9:31 "And wo unto the deaf that will not hear; for they will perish." Jesus Christ never minced his words about what we must do in order to enter into the Kingdom of heaven. I really took a lot of time this week to study the New Testament and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Elder Leguizamon and I taught clearly, effectively, and with boldness. It paid off. We were able to find people who really do have potential and a desire to know more about Heavenly Father. The people that really are not reading or praying were dropped and that is how it should be. I refuse to waste one precious minute of my mission teaching someone who will not make and keep commitments when I could be out finding someone who wants to come closer to Christ. It is hard. I won't deny it, walking 4 or more hours a day in 100 plus degree heat is challenging. It is physically and mentally draining at times but knowing I'm giving my everything to find and teach people the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is worth it. Not having a car makes this area much more difficult but when I walk in the door of our house at 9 pm and I'm sweaty, sore, and tired beyond belief I know that I can kneel and ask my Father in Heaven for anything because I literally gave everything I had. That is what the mission is about. Giving everything you have to the Lord even when you don't think you have anything left. That is when He can bless us. As Dallin H. Oaks said, "The intensity of our desires (all members) to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversion."

This past Sunday Martin and Carmen were married and then baptized. It was a great experience. I had been waiting for this day for awhile. Martin has been so set on a baptism for so long. To see him and Carmen make a commitment to marry and then get baptized was indescribable. I know that because of the covenants they made their family will have the opportunity to become an eternal family. Nothing beats that joy. Not the newest iPhone, not boating with friends and family on a hot summer day, not even Disneyland beats that joy.

This gospel is so beautifully simple and simply beautiful. When we understand the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ we come to a pedigree of knowledge. Knowledge that nothing else should come before our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I just love this work. There is nothing that cannot be done by me and God. I know He lives. I know He loves us and wants us to return to live with Him.

Vaya con Dios.

God is love,

Elder Bennion

P.S. Thank you Kendra and Aria for writing Elder Beach. He was so happy! I really appreciate you taking the time to do that for me. He is a good person and we all want a friend. if anyone else wants to write a good person write Elder Beach. His mailing address is Elder Nathan Beach 107 S. 1470 E. Suite 304 St. George Ut. 84790.

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