Monday, February 3, 2014

GO SEAHAWKS! (Oops. I mean, I'm a missionary so I don't care about the Super Bowl...)

FYI, this picture was taken before the Super Bowl. I was at another apartment for a day, and they just happened to have cups from two of the teams that the Seahawks faced in the playoffs, so I had to take this picture. All I heard was the score, and that's enough for me. If I were to take a post-game picture, the 49ers cup would be in the same spot, and the Broncos cup would be all smashed up on the ground. My face would express an emotion similar to that of Phil Conners on Groundhog Day when he finally wakes up and it's February 3rd (It's funny because the Super Bowl was on Groundhog Day :D)

On a serious note, the Super Bowl really helped me to appreciate these two years I have to get away from all of the madness of sports, politics, entertainment, etc. Even the first three months here have brought me so much growth as I have focused on the gospel and my Savior, Jesus Christ. So often, we get caught up in the things of this life, and we allow them to control our emotions. In the long run, all that matters is how we have served God in this life. As individuals, in our families, at work, the only happiness that lasts forever comes from devotion to God. As we show our love for Him by obedience in all aspects of our lives, we will learn to trust that God's way is always the best way. Many people preach that as long as we believe in Jesus Christ, we will be saved. I do not disagree. However, if we truly believe in Jesus Christ, we will also believe all of His words, among which are commandments to love God, love others, repent and be baptized, and much more. If we truly believe in Him, and love Him, we will constantly strive to do the will of God at every moment, because we trust that He loves us and will only ask the things which are best for our eternal welfare (John 14:15, 21-24; 1 John 2:3-5; 1 John 5:1-5; Proverbs 3:1-8; many other scriptures).

That is why I chose to spend two years devoted to inviting people to come to Christ. Even if I am too imperfect to love everyone, I know that God loves everyone. If I truly love God, I will serve His children, and I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is something that every soul needs but not every soul has found.

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