Sunday, July 5, 2015

This is Justin's reply to a question I asked in a letter:

What is the single most important thing you have learned on your mission?  - After thinking about this question and looking at the possibilities, it has come down to the simple important truths as to WHY I SHOULD LOVE THE FATHER AND SON. That's probably it. I came out on a mission just for duty. I knew it was God's will for me to serve, and having the priesthood, I knew I had the duty to preach the gospel. That's why I came out. I wasn't excited, but wasn't mad or sad about it either. Once I came out I saw that I had a long time before coming home. But as I have served and taught and learned and tried to help other people come unto Christ, I began to understand the tender mercies of the Lord. I now understand the atonement more, his Grace, and why I should want to give my life for the gospel and to serve others and do what I can to invite them to come unto Christ til death and beyond. God truly loves us, and His Son loves us. Last Sunday a sister was giving the Sunday school lesson and told us to look at a picture of Christ atoning, while she read the account of an apostle having a vision of a sort of being at Gethsemane, and the part that touched me was when he said how he saw Christ pray to the Father "Not my will, but thine be done." and then tears started pouring down the Lord's face. A haunting image. And the words that she spoke - "If Christ was asked to do it again for us, He would", touched me as well. Truly as Paul said, we love Him because He first loved us.