Monday, April 4, 2016

We are sanctified through him

Hello Family,

    Well it sounds like everyone had a good time in Boise and that there are still a lot of fun things going on back home.  The Australia and Indonesia trip sounds like it will be pretty cool too.  Indonesia from what I've heard is has some similarities with the Philippines, mainly because they are not too far from each other, so I'll be interested to see what you have to say about Indonesia.  Also Elder Saludar and I wanted to say thanks for the email in Tagalog, we both had a good laugh at a few of the translation errors, but he was very impressed that you went to the effort of translating it.  He also wanted to say thank you for sending the Swedish fish as he and my other kabahays really enjoyed those and the fruit snacks.

     This week has been quite the busy week for Elder Saludar and I over here.  It seems that with all the success we have been having and in doubling our efforts, the adversary has also been up-ing his game this past week.  Although we have still come out on top this past week, but the games not over yet.  We did have a successful baptism this week of Sister Catherine.  We had a little bit of a curve ball thrown at us there. It was decided before that her husband was going to baptize her as he had been returning to church and seemed like he would be able to do it.  Bishop had also agreed that it would be best if he would do the baptism, but bishop talked with him before the baptism and decided he didn't feel ready yet. So bishop called us out and we were discussing the matter with her husband, and I was glad to hear from him that even though he didn't feel ready now, that he would do whatever he could to make sure he would be the one to take his wife to the temple, and baptize their kids when the grow to that age. It was nice to hear his testimony coming back into play, and his desire to get his new family started on the right track.

       We also had the interviews for two more of our investigators, one is Sister Dolores who is the mother of one of the active members in our ward who has been a long time investigator. It has been a wonderful privilege to see how the gospel has finally begun to sink in and she has expressed that she is feeling the peace that she has been searching for for so long.  Her daughter who is a returned missionary has been working with her for quite some time to investigate the church and be baptized, but she has been through several sets of missionaries since then, and has always faced a problem in one way or another in truly accepting the Gospel.  I guess we were just the lucky ones who happened to be there at the right time that she decided to finally give it a try and for the message to really sink in.   Also Brother Columbus passed his interview and is excited to be able to serve a mission after his brother gets back off of his mission.  It has been fun to see his eagerness every step of the way, and to see how his love for the scriptures has developed.

      I have to agree with what mom was saying in her email about how sad it is to see what can happen to individuals and families who aren't keeping the commandments.  That has also been one of the things I have seen a lot here and I certainly hope I don't forget to apply in my own life always.  It can be rather heartbreaking to see especially when you know the cure.  I have really come to see that every aspect of the Gospel, every commandment, every word that God has spoken to us either from Himself or by the mouths of His servants, are of great importance and we really have to strive to obey.  Yes the fall back always is that we are human and that no one is perfect.  While that is true, it doesn't mean that progression is impossible.  I really enjoyed some of my personal studies a few months ago as I was studying the Holy Ghost and how we are sanctified through Him.  As we strive to follow and keep the commandments, although it may not always be easy or convenient, but as we strive, we draw on the power of the Atonement, and then we are sanctified or changed through the Holy Ghost.  Our bad desires and habits begin to no longer have the appeal that they used to and we become more like our Savior Jesus Christ.  I really enjoyed this verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." I have found joy in knowing that we have the ability to change.  That as we continue to strive to keep the commandments, we experience more peace.  We experience more joy in life, families become stronger, we acquire more hope, and we are strengthened. 

     Well that is all I have time for this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and that everyone stays happy and healthy.

Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

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