Thursday, July 10, 2014

Praying and Fasting

From May 26

Well the next two weeks are going to be Exciting! These young women are getting ready to make a promise to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through Baptism- Friday May 30th, Madalynn Armijo (9 yrs old), Saturday May 31st, Heather and Hayley Logan (12 & 13 yrs old) and on Saturday June 7th, Kari Siira and Sara Potter (21 & 18 yrs old) will enter the waters of Baptism. Elder Rosales and I have been praying and fasting a lot recently because we can see Satan working hard on all these girls. He absolutely does not want them to make this step in their lives. We read together a talk by Bruce C. Hafen called "A Disciples Journey," about how Satan pulls us very hard before we make a big decision in our lives.

Lately in my personal study I have been studying perfection and the power of it. I came to the realization that God is God because He is Perfect. Jesus could heal people and cast away sin because He was Perfect. The matter and spirits that they command have to obey their orders because they are Perfect! It all is a matter of achieving perfection. When we seriously try to be perfect and Christ-like we have power that comes with it. Have you seen the movie “Ephraim's Rescue?” That is the main message in that movie. I love it! So yep, I am trying hard every day to be as good as I can, I fail... miserably, but it is the desire of our hearts that count plus the "works" that we do. James chapter 2 helps us understand that.

We were able to go to a Luau this last week for Solomon Chung Hee's graduation party! They imported a pig from Hawaii (or Tahiti?), and a bunch of native flowers. The food was amazing! All of his relatives were singing and playing music :) We have contacted a lot of the youth here in Mt. Home and are playing volleyball with them today. This summer they will go to appointments with us! The work is exciting! :)

-Elder Ethan Howard.

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