“…And He Inviteth Them All to Come Unto Him…”
This is transfer week and I’ll be staying in Brasov, which I’m happy with as, well, how can you not love this city and the branch here? But my companion is leaving to Sibiu to spend his last five weeks. This week I decided break my entry into categories.
The Baking Saga: As indicated in my previous entry, I went around and collected district info on favorite desserts. The cherries didn’t happen, nor did anything vanilla, but chocolate is a pretty safe option. However; as it turned out, most of the district wasn’t in the spotlight this week. But the senior couple’s anniversary was this week (Valentine’s Day), a day after our district meeting. The Sisters thought up the idea of surprising them for their anniversary at our district meeting. Their last few anniversaries were spent on a mission in Mongolia, so they haven’t had the opportunity to celebrate it for a while. We all made something (our companionship did the dessert) and it was awesome to see their reaction (as a side note, they are the most awesome senior couple ever). As always, the greatest joy of cooking (and creation in general) is to see the joy it brings to others.
Motivational Scripture of the Week: Alma 23:14 – “And the Amalekites were not converted, save only one; neither were any of the Amulonites; but they did harden their hearts, and also the hearts of the Lamanites in that part of the land wheresoever they dwelt, yea, and all their villages and all their cities.“
Now, at this point you may be saying to yourself, um, that’s not the de-motivational scripture of the week, is it? Well, no, let me expound a bit. For those of you who may not know, the Amalekites were people who dissented from the Nephites (people who had the gospel of Jesus Christ among them) and joined the Lamanites (people who did not have the gospel until some missionaries showed up). The Amulonites would take a bit more time to explain, but suffice it to say that they also used to be Nephites (for more information, ask my seminary teacher mom or your local missionaries, “Ask the Missionaries! They Can Help You!” http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/10/ask-the-missionaries-they-can-help-you?lang=eng). When the Nephite missionaries came to the Lamanites, they had a good amount of success. However, the people in this verse were not so receptive to their message. So really, Elder Brown, why is this supposed to be motivational??? If we look close, we read “save only one”. I found this very interesting. Seriously, only one person among an entire people converts, and the historians write it down? Why not just brush over it? The scripture might as well read “practically none of the Amalekites were converted”, but it doesn’t. The Amalekites were a very hard-hearted people (see Alma 24:30), but they were still people. One person decided to go against his entire people (something I cannot imagine was easy in any degree) to join the people of God. So, in the end, it doesn’t matter how disinterested a “people” might be, there is always hope that anyone, from any background or situation, will choose to come unto Christ, for we are all children of God.
As always, wishing you all the best,