Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Day after Mothers day

Dear Family and Friends
        I am very excited to write a brief letter to you, containing the events of my week. So to start off from last Monday, after emails we went and shopped at the thrift store we do service at and that was amusing. Elder Kummerman found lots of interesting shirts. I was content with what I had, so I did not create any additions. We then went and played Frisbee Golf with Eric on the Doane College campus. Half was in the open, the other half was deep in the forest. So that was an adventure. We sadly didn't get any lessons, but we did talk to him about his commitments to read in The Book of Mormon and he admitted it got lost in finals week. So we reset the commitments, since he is all done with finals!!!!! So that was happy for him.
          Tuesday was Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, and it was rather normal but we did get some free food at one of the banks in town, so that was good. We helped out at our thrift shop moving tons and tons of boxes, so that was good. We also went and visited a member, which was a little miracle because she needed and wanted a blessing. I got to give the actual blessing and it was really nice to see how she felt better. She thanked us. We went and were able to have one more lesson with another man, and that was good. We covered lots of things from church services too.
             Wednesday we had great lessons with the people in our care facilities. They are doing well and they appreciate our visits, so that is good. Other than that we didn't teach any other lessons, but we were able to share The Book of Mormon with people we met around town, so that was good. We also had a big rainstorm where we went out to a neighboring town and back in safety, but there was lots of rain.
            Well Thursday we went to Lincoln for zone training and that was fantastic. We had a good time and we learned a lot and when we were going to go back the highways were flooded. There was no way out of Lincoln to Crete, so we were sealed off. So we stayed and tried to help the other elders contact people who lived in the flood zone. We weren't very successful but we still tried, and it was good. There was lots and lots of water. The river rose about fifteen feet.
           Friday we got up and early and headed out to Crete, once the water was gone.The fields and highway sides were still flooded, but the water was off the roads and that was good for us. We did weekly planning and we visited a member who went to Salt Lake for a wedding reception, and to see his family. He had a good experience, but he was grumpy because he had to come back to Nebraska.
            Saturday we did service and went to a baptism in Seward, and that was very exciting. After that we came back and went to another Hispanic church called Dios Es Amor, or God is Love, and they had nice services. Very genuine, but they were rocking out and partying and having a good time. I still can't get on board with the whole Christian rock thing at church. Granted it is okay outside of church, but at church it was loud but it gets everyone coming and having a good time. I vote we have rock bands for youth conference (I am only joking but still not a bad idea, more kids would go, hu hu hu maybe you should try it).
              Sunday, Mother's Day, talking to mom and good talks on personal revelation and why we need to pray, even when we don't feel like it. 
             Well that was my week
    I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been restored. I know that each and every one of us can receive personal revelation. The heavens are not sealed. We have a prophet on the earth today. God speaks to us through his prophets. We may disagree at times with the counsel we receive, but I know that God loves us and he wants to help us. He has given us not only the Bible, which is built upon the foundation of prophets and revelation, but he has given us The Book of Mormon though revelation and it is the keystone of our religion. WE are Unique and we are different, and that is okay. People will not accept us completely but Christ was not accepted! The Book of Mormon is the keystone. It holds the principles of Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and the Gift of the Holy Ghost in place to create the arch, which leads us to Enduring to the End. Let us be strong and bold in our faith but not overbearing; accepting and loving but never budging. Let us be considerate but steadfast. I am not a perfect example of all this, but I invite you all to stand up and stand strong in the defense of religious freedom for us and for everyone. This nation was founded on the principal of religious freedom. The first colonization which took place, that was successful, was not a business venture but seekers of religious freedom. Political liberty does not supersede religious liberty. Let us defend our faith with courtesy and boldness. Jesus IS THE CHRIST the Son of God. He personally leads and guides this church.
I bear you this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Love Logan Joseph Draper

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