“to act for themselves and not to be acted upon”

This first full week in Zlin has been amazing! A quick walkthrough of the week. 
 
Tuesday, April 28th, was a typical day of contacting and tracting throughout Zlin. 
 
Wednesday was a miracle day! We found two amazing investigators who both accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon on the street and scheduled follow-up meetings with us! 
 
Thursday we had our first training meeting in Brno, where I got to see two of my MTC groupies, and then we had a lesson when we got back with on of the people we had contacted on Wednesday. 
 
Friday was kinda rough because it was bad weather and it was a holiday here, so the town was abandoned… But we made up for it with some good tracting, covering almost twelve miles! 
 
Saturday was slow as well, but we were still able to meet some wonderful people contacting. 
 
Sunday, May 4th, was absolutely amazing! We had fast and testimony meeting, and it was amazing how strong the spirit was throughout the entire meeting, I shared my testimony towards the end and when I finished and sat down, I can’t think of the words to describe how strong the spirit hit me. After church, a young man in the ward opened his mission call! He is heading to the Alpine Germany mission! How awesome is that!? After that, we went out to contact some less actives and contact on the streets. 
 
And today, well it was mainly preparation, but we did have meetings with both of our miracle investigators and it was great to see them. So, that’s my week in a wrap! My trainer is doing great and he is helping me a ton with the language and learning the ropes of missionary work, I am truly blessed. The language is coming along well, I have found that I have been able to understand a lot more of what people are saying which has been awesome!


So the spiritual thought this week comes from 2 Nephi 2:26. It reads: 

26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.

The part of this verse I want to focus on is the “to act for themselves and not to be acted upon” (conveniently highlighted for you above). Think of what this means. We are able to act for ourselves. We can change our circumstances. Our lives/destinies are determined by us, and they are not the result of some unseen force. If we see something in our lives we don’t like, we have the ability to act for ourselves to change it. How amazing is that!peter-andrew-fishing-1211540-mobile
So, no matter the circumstances we are in we have the ability to change our lives for the better. However, it is important that we remember why we have this ability. It is because we “are redeemed from the fall”. It is because of the Saviors atoning sacrifice that all of us have been given this amazing gift, and it is through him, and his will, that as Paul said “we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.” So, this next week use that amazing gift Christ has given us to begin making the changes you want to see in your lives.

I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father; because He loves us He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for the sins off all man – that man might be able to act for themselves and return to their Heavenly Father one day. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Happy Days,


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