Hardships, Trials and Challenges Are What Actually Help Us

Hello! I hope you all had a great week and saw some classic opening weekend of College Football games! I had a fantastic week.  Why? Well, I felt the Spirit.  We didn’t have any crazy awesome stories or anything really but I just had a good week and felt the Spirit.  I don’t know if anyone else has felt this but there is some kind of power out here.  I have felt it in different ways but for example in fasting. I never have fasted as long as I have out here yet fasts at home were harder.

I feel comfort and a good sense when I go inside of Church buildings.  I have noticed also that I seem to have more power and ability against satan.  I just feel like I’m more powerful over him.  I think that must just be blessings though.  But there is something in the mission field that doesn’t really exist at home.  I went to the mall this week and got hugged by an crazy old short guy who kept repeating himself! My companion was dying laughing.  I also talked with a guy at the mall who spoke English and I was able to give him a Book of Mormon.  On Tuesday we went to the mission office and Christmas came early as I kept pulling out packages! Thank you dad.

This week we taught the plan of Salvation.  I know that it is real.  For me there is always more to think about in the Plan of Salvation.  You never can really comprehend and understand It completely especially when part of it is the Atonement which you could study for a long time.  So that was good.  We also taught a lesson to a less active sister and talked about the Jaredites and how they had tempests sent by God to drive them to the Promise land.  The Spirit testified to me of the truth of that story and how hardships, trials and challenges are what actually help us.  It was kind of a hard day that day but that lesson helped! Sometimes we can’t see how something can help us but I know that we can get stronger through trials and challenges. It can help cultivate faith and the blessings for enduring trials are real.

We went to the Bishop’s house on Friday night and had a little fire and hot dogs.  We then talked about feeding the Lord’s sheep like the Savior instructs Peter and the Apostles to do after his resurrection.  Sometimes missionary work can seem hard or something that we don’t want to do but I think that is because we or I think of it as one thing or one activity.  It’s a better experience to think of many ways to feed the Lord’s sheep.  There are so many ways and some are simple and easy.

We had Stake Conference this weekend. I loved it.  I prayed that I would be able to understand the words spoken and sure enough that prayer was answered.  Many great things were spoken.  I also loved singing the congregational hymns.  Also, this September is the 20th anniversary of The Family: A proclamation to the World.  Check out the Ensign/Liahona for this month because there are some fantastic things in there.  I testify that Families are ordained of God and the Marriage, to quote President Packer, ” Is the plan of happiness”  We don’t have to get mad or angry or afraid at the world’s views on families and marriage.  We can fully experience happiness as we humbly live in faithful families.  We have the truth and can most definitely experience happiness as we live the Gospel.

Thank you all for your support and prayers.  By the way I’m still alive.  The Hurricanes didn’t do much. But they were named Danny and Erika! So It was kinda cool that I knew people by those names!  Have a great week.

Elder Glazier
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