Don’t Be Afraid to Change Someone’s Life

Hi Family!

      It’s been a crazy week at the MTC! Sunday’s devotional was by Jenny Oaks Baker and she played several church pieces with her children. It was pretty cool! On Tuesday, the General Primary President, Sister Jones and her husband spoke. She spoke all about how many people don’t realize they are children of God, and the importance of keeping the commandments / white bible because we will feel free through Christ. That’s a message that gets brought up a lot here.
     I don’t think I will get to play in a devotional, but I did audition last Thursday with Sister Aloua as an accompanist playing “Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” (not the one you gave me; I checked this one out.) They gave us a note saying they would like to use us if they have an opening, but they did say it wasn’t as likely because we aren’t here for very long. On that note, thank you for the music! I haven’t gotten to play it yet, but that’s mostly because I would feel bad about dragging my companion around more than I already do, and we are pretty busy here!
     The MTC is a very spiritual place and sometimes people just say really profound things out of nowhere which I like to just write down in my journal. Here are some of them:
  • “All the time in the world is but a moment in the MTC”  – Elder Orzel
  • “Don’t be afraid to change someone’s life” – Elder Workman
  • “The world is loud. This place is quiet…” – Elder Adams (granted he is the loudest one in the district :))
  • “Smile, because our message is happy!”  – Sister Nilsson
    Some other big news: I’ve been assigned as a zone leader! Today is the only day when that really matters much though because the zone leaders and sister training leaders are supposed to welcome the incoming missionaries. I’ve seen Elder Woodbury and Elder Lawson a few times around here, and I’ve pretty much just said hi. They seem to be doing well though!
    Elder Dryer and I have committed one of our investigators to baptism. Our other investigator made a lot of progress as well, so I hope things are going well for him.
     This week, our whole district is teaching an investigator. I won’t share his story because it was personal to him, but basically, he had prayed once to God for a very specific reason, and he felt like he didn’t get an answer, so either God didn’t exist, or He didn’t care. We’ve been trying to help him understand how God works, and I’ve felt very moved to share with him just how much his Savior loves him and has done for him. I’ve really come to realize how important Jesus Christ is in all our lives. One of my district’s struggles has been staying on track during study time, and I really think we just need to focus more on the Savior during every aspect of our day. When we do that, we will want to be more effective and have a greater desire to better ourselves.
     I am really sorry to hear about what happened to the Bakers. It is hard not to feel love for their family. To answer Mom’s question, I think our covenant to “mourn with those who mourn” has a lot to do with us taking on Christ’s name. The Holy Ghost has the great ability to bring peace to those who mourn, but even this is not enough for most people. I’ve come to a realization that God can speak to His children, not only through the Holy Ghost, but through people as well. You know that investigator I talked about? He felt so alone after praying that it seemed like God didn’t care, but we told him to consider that maybe God had answered his prayer by putting certain people in his life so he could meet us. We all have a great responsibility to build each other up with charity, and when it comes to mourning with those who mourn, that just means being there, so they can have someone to turn to to let them know that God has not abandoned them. Jesus Christ himself felt abandoned when He cried, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? (My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?)” (Mark 15:34). He doesn’t wan’t any of His children to feel that way, and that is why it is our responsibility to support our brothers and sisters.
     As far as Trump getting elected……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. whatever
     Thank you so much for the cookies!!!!
     Sara, I’m proud of you! congrats on the 33!
     Love you Amanda and Gabby! how’s Ginger?
     How’s Kendall doing in Idaho?
Lots of Love!!
Elder Runyan
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