Archive for December, 2013


Christ’s Experiance

This past month I hit a low.

 

I became frustrated at what I was doing and for a bit I just wanted to quit and give up. However some very wise Elders I know were there for me in my time of need and they helped me up. They gave me the strength I needed to keep going even though things weren’t the best. I was able to lean on them and start back up.

 

After a bit of reflection I started thinking about how Christ has felt everything. Absolutely everything and how much that really is. That meant that Christ knows what I felt when I was feeling down, he knows what I felt when my grandpa died and knows what its like to grow up in the 21st century. He knows it all. That’s why he’s able to comfort us and help us through the Spirit and through others. He knows exactly what will help us the most in our times of need.

 

A talk I heard once by Sister Okazaki in Church, spoke on this subject of what Christ has felt. Sister Okazaki you could tell from her talk had come to know what Christ had done. She said,

 

“We talk in great generalities about the sins of all humankind, about the suffering of the entire human family.

But we don’t experience pain in generalities.

We experience it individually.

 

That means he knows what it felt like when your mother died of cancer- how it was for your mother, how it still is for you.

 

He knows what it felt like to lose the student body election.

 

He knows that moment when the brakes locked and the car started to skid.

 

He experienced the slave ship sailing from Ghana toward Virginia.

 

He experienced the gas chambers at Dachau. He experienced napalm in Vietnam.

 

He knows about drug addiction and alcoholism.

 

He knows all that.

He’s been there.

 

He’s been lower than all that. He’s not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don’t need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections.

 

He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.”

 

Whenever you feel no one can help, no one knows what you are feeling turn to the Savior. Turn to Christ and he will come to you and heal you. All that is required that you let him in.

 

Will we be converted that he may heal us?

 

Will we let the Living Waters of Christ come and quench our spiritual thirsts.

 

I promise you that if we let Christ into our lives, we will be able to overcome every difficult day we have. It may not be easy but you will get through it. So keep with it.

 

Godspeed my brothers and sisters and just keep going.

 

So just remind yourself that you’ve been through hard times and you’ll go through them again. But with Christ you will be able to do it.

Getting through rough days

Getting through Rough Days

Christmas and Service

Sorry its been so long since I posted but E. Pemberton and I have been super busy with the Lords work.

 

So as we all reflect this Christmas season I’d like to share my testimony of Christmas and what it and Christ means to me.

 

I once heard the best place to start a story is in the middle so that’s where I am going to start.

 

Every Christmas my family does a number of things that make it special to me and all of them we do together which is what makes them so great.

One of my favorite things we do is a Secret Santa (hopefully none of the people we did read this). I absolutely loved doing this.

 

I mean what kid when they’re little doesn’t love to ring someones doorbell and run, its just so exciting.

So for many years I didn’t understand this really, I mean it was fun but I never understood how it was really all that Christmas related.

It wasn’t until I was well into high school did I realize why we did this Secret Santa.

 

A lady whose family we had been being Santa to had been asked to speak at church the Sunday after Christmas.

During her talk she mentioned us. Her Secret Santa’s.

 

She spoke how we had brought so much joy to their family that season and how even though sometimes meals or bedtime had been interrupted by the occasional doorbell it had made her kids so happy. Everyday in December she told how her kids had asked when Santa was coming, when they could catch Santa.

 

I learned that even this was service.

We were caring for her kids and showing them that someone was out there playing with them. That someone wanted her family to be happy. It was super special because I learned that though I got so much happiness, I was able to bring others more.

I was able to be the tool to bring a bit of that magic of Christmas to those kids lives.

 

Its kind a like missionary work, the Gospel, service or any Christlike attribute.

 

Even though we give of ourselves we get much in return. We are able to lighten others loads and help them feel our Savior’s love.

 

So that’s what Christmas to me is all about.

 

Remembering our Saviors love and trying to help all my brothers and sisters to feel the love our Heavenly Father and his Son have for them.

 

So this Christmas try to serve your brothers and sisters more.

 

Find someone whose load needs to be lightened and as you do that I can promise you that as those you serve feel our Fathers love you will too.

 

So Christmas, that great holiday. It means so many different things to so many different people but to me, to Elder Logan Longhurst it’s very simple.

Christmas means love.

Courage

Try Again

“Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, I’ll try again tomorrow.”

President Thomas S. Monson

Short post today but as we come closer to the Holidays, that season that is filled with the Spirit of Christ often people become discouraged.

They didn’t find that perfect gift, they don’t have the money to make this Christmas as special as the last one, they can’t be with their family and various other things.

In life we make mistakes, we won’t always have the perfect day and we will make mistakes. Often those mistakes can seem earth shattering to us.

However when we realize we don’t need to tackle the world in one day and that the mistakes of today don’t determine our future. We will find success in the future.

So maybe you failed today, try again tomorrow and learn from those mistakes. As you keep trying our Heavenly Father will bless you and you will be able to overcome. Things will be all right in the end.

A Book with no Equal

So I love to read, I can read all night and still want to keep going. Doesn’t matter if it’s fantasy, mystery, historical, sci-fi or adventure. Really it didn’t matter what tho of book, so much as it was good.

 

I can list countless books that have influenced my life or storks I’ve learned from but no book has taught me as much as the Book of Mormon.

 

Now from a purely historical point of view, the Book of Mormon tells a fascinating tale of two rival nations and many political and religious intrigues of the culture.

 

From the spiritual point of view, the Book of Mormon has no equal.

 

The Book of Mormon tells of morals, lives of men and women truly lived the gospel whose examples we can learn from. The Book of Mormon contains examples of faith, hope, love, courage, and charity.

 

In the Book of Mormon there are the men and women who become our role-models, our hero’s. Moroni, Ammon, the Stripling Warriors, Mormon or Nephi are just some of the many hero’s we can learn from. If you were to ask a member of the Church who these people are they would be able to tell you the traits and how they were great leaders we can learn from.

 

But what makes the Book of Mormon the most compelling to me is not its exciting tells or the men and women whose lives are contained in its pages. But rather with what the book says to do.

 

Moroni, the last writer/prophet of the Book of Mormon, invites us to pray, find out if this book is true.

 

 

In essence Moroni is saying prove me.

 

Prove me. Prove me.

 

 

Moroni isn’t asking us to take his word that this is true, he’s not asking us to follow Joseph Smith blindly and just take his word that this book is true.

 

No, Moroni tells us to prove him.

 

He promises that either God will reveal that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God or that it won’t happen.

 

The Book of Mormon can’t be half true, it can’t be just a good book.

 

It is either all of God or all of the Devil.

 

Really that’s pretty much it.

 

So that’s what us missionaries are out here to do, we want to give people that chance for themselves to find out if this is true. To either prove what we’re saying is true or prove that it isn’t.

 

We invite others to find out if this true because if it is, it will be the most important news you will receive in your life.

 

So do you want to know what the news is? Well you gotta give this book a chance then.

BOM