The young elder straightened his shoulders and looked at the missionaries sitting before him.
Commandments are guideposts to a happy, abundant life. Life here on earth is a testing center, with every trial possible.
The commandments guide us and keep us safe. They show us what we should be doing and how to repent to do what we should be doing.
They are the keys that qualify us to receive the keys of the kingdom of God with all exaltation and glory.
Nothing is too much or too hard if we mean to receive the life that God means for us to have.
President Heber J. Grant taught:
“What is the gospel? It is the plan of life and salvation. It is that which is of more value than life itself. No wonder we are ready and willing to make sacrifices for the gospel, when we realize what it means if we live it.
We find in the 22nd chapter of St. Matthew the following:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” [Matthew 22:34–40.]
“The longer I live, the more I study the gospel, the more I come in contact with men, the more forcibly am I impressed with the truth of the sayings of our Savior in the words that I have just read to you. If we did in every deed love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, there would be no need of urging from time to time upon the people the necessity of keeping the commandments of the Lord. It would be a pleasure to them to serve God and keep His commandments. We are told that where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also [see Matthew 6:21], and if we loved the Lord with all our heart and mind and soul, serving Him would be the great object of our lives, and the treasure we would work to gain would be His love. If we followed that second commandment, to love our neighbor as ourself, our difficulties would all be settled amicably.”
On Friday we moved some sisters into another apartment. On Saturday we went to a wedding in Lutopan at 8:30 AM, a baptism in Toledo at 1 PM, then visited a member and his family, then went to a dinner and lesson at 7 PM.
Sunday February 9, we went to the Toledo 1 branch conference, where the District Presidency spoke, then to Casoy for a sacrament meeting, and to a fireside for branch presidents and their wives in the evening. The District Presidency wives spoke there.
Monday after District Meeting, the transfer calls came. We thought that since the entire mission was only getting seven new missionaries, and three missionaries were going home, that transfers should be easy. But seventeen missionaries transferred out on Wednesday and new came in to take their places on Thursday , and we closed out one apartment. There is such a thing as a domino effect….and there is such a thing as joy in the journey. But that is another post.