Monday, May 30, 2016

Elder Pearson's visit to Vanuatu

Elder Pearson's visit
The inside of our one-room church.
We had the amazing opportunity to be given training by Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the First Quorum of the Seventy this week and it was amazing.  You may remember his general conference talk, “Stay by the Tree.”  The training lasted all day Thursday and I wish every one of you could have been there!  I learned so much and because I learned so much, I want to share it with all of you. J  Here are a few things that I learned from his training:

- "You get what you focus on consistently."  This applies to everything!  Our families, work, school, problems, anything!  What we focus on is what moves forward and improves in our lives.

- Ask yourself two questions:  “Because I am a disciple of Christ I am no longer _____.”  What are you willing to give up in order to become who your Heavenly Father knows you can become? Then ask yourself, “Because I am a disciple of Christ I am ______."  Pick a few things you are willing to give up and a few things you want to improve on so that you can become more like our Savior.  You have to let go of somethings to embrace better things.

- "If it wasn't hard, it wouldn't be worth it."

- "When you get up, get down on your knees and pray like everything depends on the Lord, and then get up and work like everything depends on you."  God works with those who are in action.  Do you part, be out doing good, and God will use you to help and bless others around you.

- "Thy will be done."  We need to be 100% aligned with our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.  When we become aligned with His will we "have no more desire to do evil.”  So get aligned and STAY there.

- "Smile!!  We have and understand the Plan of Happiness!!"

All in all it was an amazing meeting and Sista Tonga and I are putting a lot of what Elder Pearson said into action and it's working!  The gospel is so true!  I know it with all of my heart and I love sharing it with the people of Vanuatu.  It is so important that we do everything we can TODAY to improve ourselves and to allow God to mold us into who He knows we can become.  We need to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we are today.  When we are living the principles of the gospel we are happy because true joy comes from doing what is right.

I love you all.  Have a great week!
Lean braiding Sista Tonga's hair.

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