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Somehow, two years have passed. And Dallin will be flying back to the states on March 26th. It has been quite the adventure! I will encourage him to add his own summary when he gets back...(Living the good life in the Philippines, Quezon City North Mission. Entered the MTC in Provo on April 4, 2012. Flew to the Philippines on Sunday, May 13, 2012. What a great adventure! And what an honor to serve the good people of the Pines!)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

04-14-13 Oh what a Beautiful Morning!!

Maybe that's because it is a lovely morning right now! Or maybe it's because of the conference talk. Regardless. Good morning y'all!! 

Speaking of conference, WOOHOO!! How good was conference? Let me remind you. SOOO GOOD!!! 

I wish conference were a few days longer. I would just love to sit and absorb the good word for a few more days. But a few thoughts from conference. 

What an awesome and inspiring conference! It was an impressive line up to say the least. Trying to connect my thoughts, it would probably be best to start with Richard G. Scott. First, I liked that he talked about obedience. Obedience is key. But not the focus this week. Beware, I will probably get back to it next week. He also said something to the effect that Satan will try to ruin our goodness by exploiting our weakness. David A. Bednar (incredible talk! Read it again!) said that light decreases with impulsive indulgence. In D&C 93:39 we find that Satan takes away our light and truth through disobedience. In all things, satan wants us to feel hopeless and discouraged. He wants us to feel down. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that he wants us to feel as though we are drowning in our sins. In a world so full of temptation, darkness and filth, it is such a miracle to have such a great source of peace and light; our Savior and the Atonement. 2 Nephi 2:6-7 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. The only way to find peace and healing in this life is through the Atonement. Can't go wrong with 2 Nephi 25:26 We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. Everything we do is centered on Jesus Christ and his Atonement for us. It is through the Atonement that we have hope. We have the hope that we can change. The hope that we can overcome the natural man. The hope that every day can be better than the day before. Dieter F. Uchtdorf said that we are all sons and daughters of God. We are like young children trying to learn how to walk. With each step, we make progress. Our Heavenly Father applauds our progress. He does not want us to be discouraged or lose hope. Would we ever scold a child that stumbles and falls? No. And in the same way, our Father in Heaven does not wish to scold us for our mistakes. He is happy as we get up and keep trying. But, in accepting that we are not perfect, does that mean we can delay repentance or give in to sin? No, we still need to do our best and repent quickly. Craig A. Cardon said that Heavenly Father cannot look upon our sins with the least degree of allowance. But he does forgive us as we repent. We are sanctified as we overcome the natural man. D&C 76:69 says that the heirs to the celestial kingdom are just men made perfect through the atonement of Christ. It is a process. We cannot expect to be perfect all at once. We must be able to forgive ourselves and all others for imperfection. The point is that men can change through the Atonement. 2 Nephi 9:21-22 For behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children...and he suffereth this that resurrection migh pass upon all men, that all might stand before him at the great and judgement day. And if you are in need of the good word, Alma 7:11-13 and Helamen 5:9 are always good too.  Elder Bednar talked about sin as a wound to our spirit. He talked about how we need the Atonement to heal. He said, "The results of sincere repentance are peace of conscience, comfort, and spiritual healing and renewal." My testimony to you all is that through the wonderful gift of the Atonement, we can change. We have hope. We find peace and healing. I pray that we will all take advantage of that spiritual healing in our lives. 

Ok. I wrote this earlier and now have more to add. But don't be excited, cuz it's only a little. Here it is. Get this, for the first time in my mission, we played soccer for p-day!!! Write this one down ladies and gentlemen, cuz it for sure goes in the books!! I was in heaven! 

Well, that's all for now folks. You had best believe I'll get you some more conference thoughts next week. All of you take advantage of your lds.org and read the talks again!! I'm sorry I have no info at all from the week. Just know, the work here is going very well. The area is progressing. I love being a missionary! We are all so blessed to have prophets and apostles! Take advantage! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you loads! 

Much love, 

Elder Christensen

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