I hope every one had a wonderful Christmas! We enjoyed caroling, Christmas Eve dinner, games, presents, a fire, and most of all the wonderful gift of Christ to each of us.
this past week, we were able to teach a newly married couple who just moved into the area named Ryan and Heather. We taught them about the Restoration, and they were very willing to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. It was a neat lesson, and we're hoping that their lives will calm down a bit so that they will have time to meet with us again soon.
Recently I've been studying the topic of questions. Questions are amazing tools that can help us learn and grow and come to understand things better. In particular I have been studying the questions that Christ asked those he taught. In Preach My Gospel, it says "Jesus Christ often asked questions to help people ponder and apply principles. His questions prompted thought, soul searching, and commitment."
One of those questions that Christ asked is found in 3 Nephi:9-11: "Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
I think my favorite part about that question is that Christ doesn't answer it. He leaves it up to us to determine how much our Father in Heaven is willing to bless us. Our Father in Heaven is waiting to pour out the blessings of Heaven upon us, and there is now end to His desire to continue to bless us.
Another soul-searching question that Christ asked is found in 3 Nephi 27:27: "Therefore, what manner of men [and women] ought ye to be?"
This is something that every person asks themselves at one point or another: "Who do I want to become?" We have so many paths we can walk, and so many examples to follow, that often times we may be confused as to what manner of men and women we ought to be. But Christ gives us the perfect answer to this timeless question: "Verily I say unto you, even as I am."
I hope that with the new year just around the corner, each of us would make a specific commitment to be more like Christ in some small way. He is the great example of how each of us should be living. Indeed He is "the way, the truth, and the life."
I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year!
I love all of you, and I love this Work!
The Church is True!
He says he's overstocked on treats!
Christmas Eve at the Wilkerson's. Elder Fullmer and Elder Burningham received St. Louis Rams beanies!
Opening presents on Christmas morning.