Today was Elder Brown's birthday and he turned 19. Thank goodness for the age change for missionaries. If it had not changed he would just be leaving for his mission but instead he has been out 10 months. We celebrated his birthday was a caterpillar cake.
He also taught a great district meeting today. His grandmother sent him this quote. We are not sure of the author but we do know it was given by an elder in Africa.
Convinced, converted and consecrated
"In the gospel, many times we see members or missionaries who are convinced, those who are converted, and those who are consecrated. Those who are convinced give what they can when it's convenient for them, those who are converted have a strong testimony and always do what they're asked, but those who are consecrated understand the ways of The Lord sufficient to do many good things of their own free will. They understand what the Lords wants them to do without being told, they give of their time, talents, mind, heart, strength, everything because they love The Lord and his church. They are those who always are obedient to the small and simple things that help us remain faithful in life, and help those around them to do the same as well"
Elder in Africa
9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul. (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi, Chapter 32)
1. Identifying - what you need to work on.
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Old Testament, Proverbs, Chapter 16:3)
2. Jumping in - starting doing them.
3. Staying there - keep doing them. Give him everything.