Monday, December 10, 2012

Absolute Faith, Service, Love, Music, Q12

Real good week here in Tennesee.

First i got to say congrats to Ali Vincent and Mikelle Pyne on getting their mission calls. Missions are the best. Everyone should do at least one, if not several. Norway and Argentina are pretty cool places, i hope they get to have amazing experiences as grand as mine. It is amazing to look at all of the missionaries from our ward. Bishop Bowen and Brother Alder did a great job teaching the mission prep class. We will continue to have successful missionaries. I am sure that BigQ, Jordon, Halofome (spell check) and Tanner will be dece when they get out here.

I love Christmas time (now) because we can listen to anything christmas-ish I got a Boyz-II-Men album today aswell as the Pentationix album. Also maybe a lil JB. Music really keeps you going.

My companion and I have continued to do good work this week. We had to do lots of tracting, due to the lack of investigators but one day we found 13 new people who were all ready to hear the gospel. Also found a what seemed to be a naked chick (she put on a shirt to answer the door) We taught 7 lessons including a couple to a man named rick. His cousin is a mormon. It seams like if you know a mormon you know how good we are and know the happiness we can receive through the restoration of the gospel, a living prophet and his apostles (see below). It is so incredible to see the faces and lives of people change.

We received a referral from a member last sunday. The man, named Chuck, lives in newport about 40 miles away. Since we have a limit on miles for our car we do not get out there much. Good for us our car reached 50k miles so we found out that we are getting a new car (tomorrow, a ford fusion)... so anyhow. we delivered him a book of mormon and he was astonished because he just talked to the member (at a ice skating rink) 6 days before. (shoutout to member missionaries) We taught him the first discussion and he seemed way interested. He does not currently know what church to go to... -a few days later- we called him and he said that he had read part of the book of mormon and the pamplet about the restoration and got a couple questions so we get to revisit this week.

Jesse is also doing just grand. He is praying to find out a date that he thinks he should be baptized, i look forward to then.

So... Saturday was our Mission Christmas Party/Meeting. and.... Elder Russell M. Nelson (yes that Elder Nelson) came to the conference. He shook everyone's hand and we got a large picture so thats cool. He spoke for a while and then did a q&a. Here are a few of the notes (4 pages) that i took:

-Advice- Sing with your investigagtors (we sang with Lance, Lisa, and Jacob - also thought about singing with deah and rodger back in loudon but we didnt)
Dont be afraid to ask for help from those called to assist, ie members, presidencies, families and so forth.
Heavenly Father is ANXIOUS to help us out.
Who prays for us more that members, the brotheren, our dad or our mom? Heavenly Father does.
(how cool is it that of all the names people refer when talking about God he perfers Father)
Psalms 116:15 it will be a bright homecoming
Missionaries our pouring in. Before conference 700 per week. Since conference 700 per day. Even now!
-How can we grow our faith to be like captain moroni (alma 48:11)?
Continue to learn. Build up your power. President Monson never stops growing.
Demand more of your own growth and development.
Demand excellence.
-How to have a good companionship (or marriage)?
Love you Compaion.
Shut your eyes half way.
Link your eyes. Praise the good, ignore the bad.
Focus on your companion.
-Be ye therefore Perfect
Christ said "on the third day i shall be perfect"
Be ye perfect is an invitation not a commandment.
The sermond on the mount he said be ye perfect as your father in heaven is perfect.
In the book of mormon (3 Nephi 12:38) he says be ye perfect even as i am perfect. (note this is after his Resurrection)
Be more perfect in the way we love people
There will be bad days. Endure to the end. Enjoy the good days. There is no limit to what we can do.
We all have challanges.
I have to be careful about ______.
Everyone has temptations and we can make it through help.
Feast upon the scriptures dont just take a sample.

7 Fassets of the gospel.
1. The Godhead
Read a book by the current pope about the last week of christ life. (gift from other religious leader)
the pope doesnt believe the Nicene Creed. He talks about God Jesus talking to God Father. (haha)
Eternal life is to live with God, Jesus Christ and our families.
2. The paln of salvation.
You write your own funneral speech.
3. The atonement.
The word atonement is in the New testament only once.
In the Book of mormon its in 39 times!!!
We will not be limited to time or location. We will fill the entire earth.
The gospel will be taken everywhere.
5.Prophets & Revelation
He knew Heber J Grant. (the 6th of 16 prophets)
6.Priestood and keys.
15 men hold all the keys.
for salvation and for exaltation
the difference. eternal life and being as he is.
8.Mariage ande the family.
eternal life is a family situation.
Death is seperation from his family.
I know i will be with my spouses and kids.
Your highest priesthood duty is to care for your wife.
9.The Commandments
These are not new commandments, (Law of C, Word of W)
Moses recieved a health code.
We do it through christ.
Family Proclamation.
Delcare what god has revealed.
Forget about what you did wrong before. (see Hollands talk in april 2012)
Move forward.
There is one Temple in Tennessee (tell this to my grandkids)
Increase the faith of others by sharing your own.

Have a great week everyone. Be blessed. Be happy. Let others be happy.

Love, Elder Toomey

"Make no small plans: They have no magic to stir men's souls. This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the Church than all other English-speaking missions in the world together. There are great hosts of marvelous Baptists, members of the Church of Christ, Methodists, and Catholics who are honorable people, and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and love him. As they see the church veering off to the right or to the left of those basic teachings, they will begin to search for the truth; and as pivotal teachers come into the church and have influence they will see the time when we will baptize hundreds and thousands, tens of thousands, in your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be temples plural in the South States. What a great call you have to serve with these marvelous people. The missionaries love the South. We are making great strides and expect to continue." -President Kimball

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