Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Good Morning!

 Good morning!! This week has been amazing!! We had a wonderful Zone Conference, for those that don't know what Zone Conference is, it is when the missionaries in the providence get together and are instructed on different principles. One thing that I really got out of Zone Conference this past week is about scripture study. Brother Cartier broke it into three categories, swimming, snorkelling. and scuba diving... what do those things have to do with scripture study?  Well, when you are swimming you are just gliding across the water, to relate that to scripture study would mean to read the scriptures and not know the background or anything that is going on. when you go snorkelling, you go a little deeper in the water, so that would mean that when you are reading your scriptures you would know the background, who is talking and you would be able to get a little bit more out of your reading. When you go Scuba Diving, you are deep in the water, so relating that would be that you would ask any question, you would be able to know everything that is going on. I have been able to apply this to my studies in the morning and have seen a huge difference in my understanding. I would invite you to work your way into scuba diving into the scriptures! One other awesome thing I studied this week was a poem given by President Boyd K. Packer in a 2001 General Conference, it says 

’Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar”; then, “Two!” “Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three—” But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a carolling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone!” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game—and he travels on.
He’s “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.

     I just want to leave you with my testimony, that I know that Christ did atone for our sins and that we can be forgiven of everything we have done. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ is the true church here on the earth today. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today that leads and guides us. I truly am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be where I am know to share the things that I know to be true. 
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~Sister Hardy

My favorite quote from the week is:
     "Just because God is smiling on someone else, it doesn't mean he is frowning on you." -unknown

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