Monday, December 9, 2013

Elder Scott D. Whiting follows the direction of our Prophet: Thomas S. Monson

President Monson was always a favorite "Stake Conference" speaker of mine, since hearing him a few times while growing up in Mesa, AZ.  He has always been an example of a Believer and Follower of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  He has recently reminded the Church leadership and members to help the world know of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We, as missionaries, teach "The Doctrine of Christ" through example, service, lessons, and love.  President Whiting prepared a lovely laminated hand-out for us of his "unofficial" version of "The Doctrine of Christ".
 He expounded this message very nicely to the Chuuk Zone.  Following is a copy of his hand-out.  Basically, it is summed up by the Fourth Article of Faith:  "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are:  first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."  He added "Endure to the end".  That is what we believe.  We believe in being "Saved by Grace" AFTER all we can do.  In other words: good works, serving our fellow man and family members, loving all mankind and living the Commandments that were given to Moses are what we call "enduring to the end" of our life.  That is our goal, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We are far from perfect (many of us), but are trying, and repenting of sins, and trying to be moving forward in following the example that Jesus set when he was living here on earth and serving His people, the Jews.
 These three young people were given some clothing to get them started as they are soon to be leaving Chuuk to serve full-time missions.  Tarmy awaits her call. Mfour is,headed to Brisbane, Australia, and Kayreen will be going to Honolulu, Hawaii in January.  We are very excited for them.  Serving the Lord should be a life-time pursuit of Church members.  A 1.5 to 2 year mission is a nice way to prepare yourself in the Gospel, to be a benefit for the rest of your life!  Elder and Sister Crisp did not serve missions when young, but we are feeling good about our service now. These new missionaries will learn lots more about "The Doctrine of Christ"!
 Another part of the Gospel, and our mission, is to teach "Temple Preparation" lessons to members of the Church.  After being a member of the Church for at least one year, people are able to receive a Temple Recommend, based on their personal worthiness in keeping the Commandments, and then to go to the "House of the Lord" to make personal promises to the Lord, to keep his Commandments and serve one another. The people in the Micronesia Guam Mission currently get to go to the Manilla, Phillipines Temple.  Our Temples are the most sacred place we have to worship.  It is truly a blessing to be able to go to the temple.  The blessings received there allow us to be "sealed" to our families for eternity, if we "endure to the end".  The Chuuk Zone of this mission is growing quite rapidly.  We have our Elders on 6 islands, with more coming soon.  The boat travel, expense, and time limit the "Senior Couple" from giving all these "Temple Prep" lessons that should be taught, so we (as you see E. Crisp working in the Family History Room) are assembling "packets" with these lessons and visual aids for each of our Branches/Groups in Chuuk.  The Branch President or the Elders can then give these lessons as they are requested and needed.  The Crisp's are trying to save the Church money by not taking out boats regularly for the various duties we could do on these outer islands.  Instead, we are giving our local Elders just a little more responsibilities to help, where we cannot be regularly.  They encourage our Seminary and Institute Teachers, as well as their Branch Presidents and the youth 14-30, to be participators in this program.  It has not been real successful in the past in Chuuk, but we try to get the youth (and everyone) at least reading their scriptures daily when Seminary and/or Institute is not available to them.  Of course, regular Sunday church attendance is part of being a faithful member.

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