Monday, January 25, 2016

Live in the World and not of it

Dear family
Wow I love you all so much.  I hope life is good for yall there. Life is still wonderful here.  This is going to probably going to be a very short email this week because not super alot happened  this week and we had to email at members homes due to the libraries being closed so I'm not very fast at emailing from a tablet touch haha.  We are teaching a family right now and they have great potential.  They are gonna be baptized in about 5 minutes so I will update yal next week of how the lesson goes tonight we are gonna try and get them on date!

Today I wanted to share with you something that I learned and studied and loved this mormimg.  We all live in this crazy world and it is getting crazier and crazier every moment.  I was reading the other day in this month's ensign a talk called "defense against pornogrwphy"  and we can combiNE all and just say defense against things of this world and something I remember from the talk as I was reading the book of Mormon is the scripture it memtions from 1 Nephi 15 when Nephi is telling his brothers about the vision he saw and they asked him what the river of water means and he says to them in verse 27 "and I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness. And so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he behold not the filthiness of the water."  Sadly this world is so crazy now days that there is so much filthiness aroumd.  But we learn from this scripture that because Lehi was focusing so hard on just getting his family to the tree of life that he didn't pay attention to all the filthiness.  We habe to obviously do our part in making our homes and lives filled with enriched thimgs of god but filthinessmismdtill goimg to show up somehow.  And then this morning as I was rethinking back on that scripture it just hit me so hard thinking about all the scriptures that talk about making our foundation on the Lord and when the devil sends his torments that if we are truly built on the rock of our savior we won't fall!!  It is all about our focuss.  We can't control others agency but we can control our focus.  If we are like Lehi focusing so h a Rd to get him and his family family to that tree and taste that fruit which is of most richest joy then we are building ourselves on the foundation of our savior and suddenly we just stop paying attention to the filthiness.  The Devils traps will come but because we are so focused we become so strong.  We are as the army of helaman.   When we are focused that is how we live in the world but never will we become part of it.  

Anyway I just really wanted to share that with yall because it was just such a neat realization to me.  That is why I love being a missionary because I have to live my life in such a way that when I walk out my apartment door I have a spiritual armed of protection around me.  Georgia is alot different than Idaho or utah, but when we live our lives in harmony with the gospel and its teachings we don't pay attention to what is around us.  I am thankful that I am blinded at the craziness that is around me and I am thankful that I can feel so spiritually and physically protected when my foundation is built on my savior,.  I testify that this principle is true.  I have seen it work for me personally serving a mission here in grorgia.  I testify that if we make our focuss our goal in  this life, which is to make it back to heavenly father, that when filthiness is present and it will come, we won't fall victim to its trap because we are built on the foundation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We become the sons and daughters of God that he needs in these latter days .  We have to be stromg.  "the church of the Lamb of God, and it's numbers were few" but that "they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory"   I testify of this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

I love you all so much.  I love this gospel so much.  I love my savior so much.  have a beautiful week and remember live in the world not of it.
all my love and prayers always
Hermana Stewart :D

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