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I had to laugh reading my cousin’s most recent blog. He’s serving over in Hungary on a mission. One of the things he wrote was that a mission is a two year awkward moment.
I thought of my mission and how awkward I felt sitting on trains in Germany with the whole car starring at me and my name tag. Sometimes we’d strike up conversation and I knew everyone was listening. I also remember walking up to people on the street and asking them if they’d like to chat about Jesus. I remember one time talking with a Turkish guy on the street for a few minutes and thinking we were having a great conversation only to find out because my mission companion told me, that he was replying to me in Turkish rather the German!
Of course, everyone has a dog story to share. I remember walking up to a door and knocking on it. Suddenly the door burst open and a Pincher shot out straight towards my face and I dodged it just in time. Check out my cousin’s awesome dog picture. I think it’s, as he says, the “sweetest picture ever of tracting”:
Those of you who have served missions can empathize with this for sure!
If you have an awkward mission moment, or an awkward witnessing moment please share.
On one of my most recent posts, some LDS and non-LDS christians were having a great discussion about what the definition of scripture is for each of us. I do not claim to be the expert on this topic for either LDS or non-LDS, but I can definitely share my personal thoughts and also point to what others have said that I agree with on this topic.
My first thought when researching this is to turn directly to the LDS Bible Dictionary. The definition is:
The word scripture means a writing, and is used to denote a writing recognized by the Church as sacred and inspired. It is so applied to the books of the O.T. by the writers of the N.T. (Matt. 22: 29; John 5: 39; 2 Tim. 3: 15). For an account of the process by which the books of the O.T. and N.T. came to be recognized as scripture, see Canon. Latter-day revelation identifies scripture as that which is spoken under the influence of the Holy Ghost (D&C 68: 1-4).
Is it claimed that the document was written by a prophet or an apostle?Is the content of the writing consistent with known and accepted doctrines of the faith?Is the document already used and accepted in the Church?
I was reading this blog today about the steps the writer is taking to be successful in his Doctoral program at Purdue. One of the items mentioned was not doing schoolwork on Sunday. He goes on to write
I have seen the benefits and blessings that come from keeping this goal. Sundays provide a much needed respite from worrying about work/school.
I agree with his comments. It reminded me of my job as a corporate recruiter and the lofty goals I need to make. Personally, I believe in honoring the Sabbath and to me that includes not working on Sunday. Many of the opportunities I’ve had to work fall on Sunday and I’ve chosen to forego them. Many colleagues throughout the country have chosen to work on Sunday and put in more hours than I do. Even though I put in less time than they do, I’ve been blessed to be the top recruiter for 3 years in a row now. For me, this is a testament of trying to put God first and watching Him perform miracles in my life.
Have you had any experiences like this?