Monday, September 17, 2012

REAL GROWTH and REPENTANCE – Zone Meetings and Zone Conference

"Will you not now return unto me, and repent of your sins,
and be converted, that I may heal you?
Yea, verily, ...if you will come unto me ye shall
have eternal life.  Behold mine arm of mercy is extended towards you,..."
3 Nephi 9:13-14

 Clips from Zone Conference
A 4th verse to “Because I Have Been Given Much”  shared by a sister missionary after zone conference.
" Because of thy life's mission Lord, I too must serve
I'll leave the comfort of my home to teach they word.

I'll seek thy sheep who've gone astray and those who have never known the way
I'll make my work your work today.                                    Another missionary put his feelings into these words: “There is nothing in the heavens or the earth that compares in the slightest way to that supreme act, the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  What a miracle the Atonement is, it allows for the change and rebirth of the human soul.  ‘Push, Push, Pop’ has become a phrase that is in my mind, as well as the incremental progression that accompanies sincere daily repentance.”

"President Wilkey recounted his experience in cleaning at the Moroni Feed Mill.  He was warned to clean regularly and often, to push the broom, push again and then pop off the accumulated dust.  If he or other employees became slack in their push, push, pop of cleaning, accumulated dust of the grains could detonate.  President Wilkey was impressed by the Spirit to use that story and correlate it to the importance of removing regularly and constantly the dust in our lives, the dust of discouragement, disobedience, doubt and lack of diligence.

Zone meeting workshops

Bangor Zone Meeting
from left, Elders Ward, Adams, Jessee, Gardner, Estes,
 Hill, Guthrie, Woodruff, Kalahiki
Here is the definition of repentance shared by an elder following conference: “An expression of our love for our Father and Jesus Christ, a changing of thoughts, actions and behaviors that is caused by a turning of the heart to Christ. Can only be accomplished through faith in Jesus Christ. When applied daily, it brings joy and peace unmatched. The first fruit of repentance is baptism.”

Time for stretch break.  Yes, I'm forever emphasizing exercise.
  1.   Establish daily holy habits and righteous routines 
  2.   Seek the Spirit as your constant companion
  3. Be exactly obedient as was the Savior. 
  4.   Be a trustworthy example.  Be cheerful, friendly, genuine
  5.   Be united with your companion.
  6.  Work hard and smart. Set goals. Be diligent daily in planning and acting the plan  
  7.  Become enabled by your confidence through faith in Jesus Christ in abilities enhanced by the Spirit.
  8.   You must know for yourself: Who Am I? What do I think of Christ?
  9.  Forget ourselves and love others, with their happiness more important than our own, we become a "real" missionary and we have true JOY.
  10. TAKE responsibility for those you have taught. "when you go home, do not forget them." 

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