** PREFACE: Kayla mentioned in her previous email (previous blog posting) that she learned something interesting the previous week and would include it in a hand-written letter home with hopes that I would share it. I think it is very much worth sharing, so here is the portion of the letter that she was referring to.
We saw (C) this week! [(C) is an investigator that got baptized in May.] We seriously haven’t seen him since he was confirmed a member of the church. It’s been like a month! The members haven’t been able to get a hold of him either. He has gotten kind of busy with work. He has also gotten some opposition from his family. He hasn’t been reading his scriptures or praying either. Ugh! Lots of bad things happen when you stop reading and praying. He said he talked with his boss though to see if he could get scheduled some different times on Sunday so that he can at least come every now and then. He says he really misses church, especially the people there. We are going to go start meeting with him at least once a week to help him get back on track.
So I have to tell you about my studies this week that I mentioned in my email. So there is a less active that doesn’t think she can have fun of she lives the Mormon standards all the way. (Her friends go hang out at bars and drink and stuff. That’s why.) This isn’t the first time that I have heard about something like that. I have heard of other members thinking that it was too hard to live up to the standards and such. Well, the other day I was reading in 1 Nephi 17:41. Nephi is talking to Laman and Lemuel (because they are murmuring and complaining again). He is showing them examples of how the Lord watches over and blesses his people. Verse 41 talks about fiery flying serpents that bit the Israelites and many suffered. God commanded Moses to build a brass serpent. Those who looked at the brass serpent would be healed…”and because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished.”
The thought occurred to me after reading this: “If it were easier to live God’s standards, would it be easier to avoid the things of the world?” The answer is no. It would not. If God’s standards were any easier, that would put us closer to the worlds level, hence we would be living more of the worlds standards. I understand that it can be hard to live up to the Lord’s standards and stand up for what you believe in, but if it wasn’t this way we would perish. Even though God’s standards can be hard to live at times, they are a protection to us!
Anyways, that was my cool thought for the week.