Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Go Huskers?

Crete Main Street during the Husker Game

Its begun.  Husker season kicked off this week and everyone went crazy.  Crete practically shut down and there wasn't much we could do during the 4 hours of the game because everyone was glued to their screens watching it.  I think its funny.  We just went and talked to Spanish people during that time.  None of them cared and they're more fun anyway :)

Besides the Nebraska Cornhusker craziness, this week's been very good.  It was that way for a couple good reasons but I want to talk about two: a great lesson, and a great challenge.
The Lesson:
We've started back up teaching a guy named Dustin that was dropped a while ago.  Dustin is incredibly smart.  That guy knows the Bible so well and applies it to himself... but he wasn't always like that.  He used to be the guuy that made fun of the people who believed in God.  He said he was like that fo a long time... until God made him know he was there.  We started talking to him about his life and about his faith and all of a sudden I realized I was talking to someone just like Alma the Younger from the Book of Mormon!  If you don't know, Alma the younger was the son of a prophet, but he was working as hard as he could to destroy the saints of God, leading them away and telling them false things.  This happened up until an angel came, knocked him around a bit, and Alma repented and became a changed man.  We decided right then and there we were going to read Alma chapter 36.  As we were reading, Dustin just opened up and told us so much about his life that we wouldn't have guessed.  I've never seen someone apply a scripture to themselves more than Dustin did.  The Spirit was there strongly and I'm very hopeful about our next visit with Dustin.  
As we were leaving he made the remark, "You know guys, everytime I pray to the Lord for guidance, Mormons keep showing up at my door not too long after."  
We just looked back at him and said, "Maybe that's a sign, Dustin.  Pray about it."  And then we smiled and left.  
I'm personally not one to believe in coincidences.
The GORGEOUS sunset after/during a downpour

The Challenge:
Recently we, the missionaries of the Nebraska Omaha Mission have been given a challenge to read the Book of Mormon before December. The way we've been doing it is to read it and mark any reference to Jesus Christ that is made, mark any scripture that talks about the Atonement, or him suffering for us, and circling every time it says the word "heart".  I'd like to invite all of you to join in with us.  Its about 6 pages a day.  Thats not a lot at all.  I can promise you that if you'll join in with me and the rest of us 280 NOM missionaries that you'll see the blessings of the Book of Mormon in your lives.  You'll see that it truly is another testament of Jesus Christ and you'll feel closer to him and to our Heavenly Father than you have before.  The Prophet Joseph Smith said it this way:
 “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
I know that is true.  Try it out.  Try it with me. 
I love you all and I hope you have a great week! 
Lots of Love,
Elder Zack Paddock

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