Peace I Leave With You

Good morning everyone!

     This was a fairly uneventful week here in Kranj – no crazy traveling or run-ins with immigration police… Just a good solid week of missionary work 🙂DSC03232.JPG

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We did a fun p day last week at Lake Bled and the nearby Vintgar Gorges. So amazing!

DSC03225.JPGHow could we not get a district picture at the “Poo Slap” sign haha? (It should say “Pod Slap” which means “under the waterfall”)DSC03216.JPG

     One of the highlights from our week was one of the people we’re teaching. We had a lesson togehter, and he told us that he’s going to go ahead and get baptized, in spite of the opposition from his family and friends. He’s faced a lot of opposition on the path to baptism, but it’s amazing to watch somebody move forward in spite of that. Watching people accept the gospel is the greatest feeling on Earth.
     This week as we’ve spent time talking to people on the streets I’ve thought a lot about the direction in which the world is moving generally. The Paris terrorist attacks are a big news item right now, and the number of refugees moving through Slovenia is going up and up. Add things like that to the individual trials and sorrows people are facing and it makes for a fairly grim picture.
     In Doctrine and Covenants 4, the Lord says that “in that day (in our days) shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them…And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.”

     The picture painted here in D&C 4 is becoming more and more clear as the days and months fly by. In thinking about this during the week and while contemplating how I can help people feel hope, I found myself in John chapter 14. This chapter of John contains some of Christ’s final teachings to His disciples before He leaves them. He says:

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart betroubled, neither let it be afraid.”

     This promise from Christ is just as real for us now as it was for those apostles 2000 years ago. Although the situation in the world will get crazier (as will our personal trials), there is never any reason to be hopeless. Christ will give us peace and hope through the Holy Ghost, and that will allow us to be happy and content even when the world around us is “in commotion”. This is the message we missionaries have for people – that’s what we offer them. Is there a better message than that!?
     Getting to serve as a missionary is a great opportunity and I love it. I hope you all have a great week and know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hear from you soon!
     Love, Jack
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