Happy Father’s Day Dad!
I’ll be honest, I am pretty tired right now! Biking in Virginia weather is an experience! The past few days have been a mix of Sunshine and Thunderstorms in one day ranging around 75-90deg every day. I hear it’s hot in California right now, but here you start sweating the moment you step out the door because of humidity. We got hit with 4 thunderstorms in one day this week with sunshine in between. It was hot rain. It’s really hard to describe.
Transfers will take place on Wednesday. Sadly, Elder Byrd will be leaving . He is going to Nags Head, NC! That is on the Outer Banks! (The very, very thin strip of land between the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s probably less than a mile wide in most places.) My new companion will be Elder Gardiner! I don’t know much about him, except that he is still pretty new to the mission.
Not too much happened this week. We came up with a really great idea that I’m excited to use more! I have a bike bag that happens to be pretty well insulated, so we’ve started just putting 3 or 4 chilled water bottles in it. Now whenever we see someone running, working on their lawn, or something like that, we offer them water! Most people are really happy to take it, and it makes them more willing to talk for a few minutes! We have one pretty solid potential investigator from it already after 2 days of trying it out!
My bike got fixed a few weeks ago, but a spoke broke again, so I’m back to using a backup bike. This is a backup to the backup bike because that one is broken too.
Here are some highlights from my studies:
Helaman 5. I did the challenge I mentioned in my last email with this chapter! It was a great experience! Although it got tedious at parts, the feeling that this book must be true started to flood over me! I actually got drawn back to Helaman 5:10-11 afterwards while studying repentance. The words, in, from, because, conditions, unto stuck out to me, and I drew a little diagram shown here. The ladder made it easier for me to understand (if you ever find a poem called “The Holes” I think, it shows a similar picture.) Jesus can’t climb the ladder for us, but as soon as we start, He is there to help us, so that He can use His power to bring us to Eternal Life.
Today, I studied the “Remission of Sins,” described often in the Book of Mormon. True to the Faith pg. 25 and Mosiah 4:11-12, 26 describe this well. I found a note in the margin which I forgot about, with the date 2/13/17, that said this scripture was a huge strength to my conversion. It explains how to retain a remission of sins in these steps:
- Remember God’s greatness and our nothingness
- humbly call on God daily
- Stand steadfast in your faith
- give to the poor and help the physically and spiritually afflicted
- (Really anything that has to do with repentance and enduring to the end)
The results are as follows:
- You will be filled with the Love of God
- You will grow in knowledge and glory of Him
- You will stand guiltless before God
To really appreciate these steps, we must first recognize what that precious “remission of sins” is. It is the feeling of profound forgiveness from our Savior which comes from no other source. Learn what this feels like through desire and sincere effort to repent.
One last note: We heard from a homecoming missionary, Tymon Zhou and a departing missionary, Katy Tackett on Sunday! They gave great talks!
I hope y’all are having a great summer! Be blessed!
Elder Samuel Runyan
*The first pics show a hole in our bathroom ceiling we are getting fixed. The last pics are a little trick Elder Weber, our district leader, showed us to make light sabers! You can probably figure it out if you look close enough