Dear Humans, More Lakeview facts! Yup we've got a car. We drive four hours every week to get to and from district meeting in Klamath but I enjoy the drive. We do have the Area Book Planner app on our iPads so all the info is synced in when we get transferred. The sisters left some nice notes and a TON OF JUNK! Sorry to certain Sisters Shumway and Walker, but sisters can be way grosser than elders. |(￣3￣)| Did I already complain about that? We spent most of today cleaning. It's beautiful now though. We went to the Medford temple!! I flipped out when I realized we were in White City on the way there. I could even see my apartment! At the temple I saw Bro. And Sis. Marks from Brookings and Bro. Brown from White City working there, and Sis. Rushton had driven up the missionaries from Brookings so I got to see her too. It was great. I love to see the temple! Missionary work is going great. One of our awesome investigator couples had a random big concern about Joseph Smith being a Mason, she had looked into temple stuff online and saw a resemblance to masonry, and she actual used to be a mason and had terrible experiences with them. So she was all upset, we sent a text saying we didn't know all the answers, we knew the church was true through the Holy Ghost and such, (this was going through texting) and we went over to talk to them. When we got there she told us that she had already come to a conclusion through prayer that she didn't need to worry about the mason stuff, but she was still concerned about the temple. She was afraid of the unknown, of covenants she may not be able to keep, she wanted information, we told her we would get back to her because I wanted to ponder over how much we could share before I said something stupid and we had to head down to Klamath to stay the night with the zone leaders. But Elder Porter made a really strong point that everyone needs to rely on faith at some point. So we left, but as we were driving down she texted us and said, (paraphrased) "We've decided to rely on faith and on our testimonies of the restored gospel. There is no need for you to answer my questions." I just felt so overwhelmed. The Spirit truly does change and soften people's hearts. We've been finding new people to teach, whether it's just finally meeting people the sisters were teaching, or new people, so life is good! Love, Elder Georgia
Sunday, August 3, 2014
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You are correct that this town is very cowboy, there are most definitely a lot of cows, but you're talking about the wrong missionary! Let me tell you a little about my new companion: Elder Porter is from Heber Arizona which is not too far from Snowflake. His family owns like a 4000 acre ranch with 4000 cows. Elder Porter is into bull riding and steer wrestling. He got like four scholarships for football. He is also quite an accomplished welder. So he landed in the perfect spot!
He fits in perfectly here! He's also an awesome missionary, he knows his scriptures, he's pretty confident, and yet I am amazed yet again how big a shift it is from regular life to mission life. Everything is completely different! From eating dinner to talking on the phone, everything is done a special way on the mission so everything needs to be explained. It's quite the task but I love it. Pictures will follow. LAKEVIEW IS GORGEOUS. The drive from Eugene to Klamath Falls was incredible, we stayed he night with the zone leaders (one of them came out the transfer after me into my district so we were in training together and I haven't seen him much since so it's awesome to be in his zone), then the drive from Klamath to Lakeview was even more gorgeous. We got to see the transformation from green forest to rolling farmland to desert and you know what it reminded me of? HYRULE!!!! I could have sworn I was driving through Hyrule Field. Then Lakeview reminds me of Kakariko Village, especially because there's all these awesome creepy abandoned houses that look exactly like the ones in the village. That last section was pretty much entirely for Luke. Pictures will follow. On Saturday we got two baptisms. Annabelle who's 8 and Cheyenne who's 12. We met them the day before to discuss the final plans so we could make the programs, and they were just so excited to be baptized. So ready. Their parents are returning members. The baptism went beautifully! The girl's grandpa baptized them and their uncle did the confirmation. Their parents gave the talks in baptism and the Holy Ghost, and they did such a good job. The Spirit was awesome. Pictures will follow. Later that day we attended a ward barbecue where we met an investigator couple named the Christleys who told us they wanted to meet with us to discuss their baptism that they would like to take place on August 9th but they're open to change that. They have a challenge I shall not disclose, but please pray for them that all will go according to plan and they can be baptized on their chosen date. We met with them again tonight and taught them a lesson and the Spirit was so powerful. I'm emailing in the evening because we spent pretty much our whole p-day doing service for another investigator! It was great. Our apartment is so adorable. Pictures will follow. In case you're wondering about the title of this email, have Lucha chuuchy sing it for you to the main tune of the herein contained videogame reference. We get to go to the temple this week wooooooooot! Not the water temple, the Medford temple! I loves y'all! People here talk very properly.... Elder Georgia
Transfers! I'm going to Lakeview! Double transferring in, kicking out the sisters, and training. So I'm in Eugene, waiting around with some other elders. Tomorrow we'll begin training and such and Wednesday we'll pick up our brand new missionaries. Pray for my trainee! Make sure you look up Lakeview, it is literally in the middle of nowhere. They told me it's the farthest area from the mission home and we're about two hours away from any other missionaries. I hear that the ward (or branch) is amazing though. I'm super excited! It's going to be way different but way good. I'm also excited to train again, it's my favorite thing to do cuz it helps me be the best missionary I can be. I hope to give you the news of Cindy and Mitch's baptisms as I receive it! Saying goodbyes yesterday was sad, but I'm grateful for Facebook! Love you all tons! Give the kittles kisses from me! Elder Georgia
Dearly Beloved, I have a confession to make. It takes a lot out of me to write emails. Not as much as writing letters, but nevertheless it is still most exhausting. And this week we woke up at 6, left our apt. at 6:30, and went and hiked Spencer's Butte with the zone! It was pretty increyable and gorgioso, so I'll have to send pictures eventually. Near the top we obeyed the Savior's command to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) by befriending a squirrel named Gworge. He said it was pronounced George. Seriously though I'll have to send you the video. He was just this wild squirrel that would let us come up and tickle his belly. It was so awesome. The view from the top of the Butte was pretty gorgeous. It was strange to look down on the great and spacious city of Eugene (by which I mean no disrespect to The Emerald City) as a little tiny scattering of neighborhoods. We then came and cooked and ate the sacrificial waffles and bacon and had a "share the best thing you learned from your mission so far" and I told the ｍｉｓｓｉｏｎａｒｉｅｓ that I learned that nothing makes me happy if I'm not loving and serving other people. We taught Walt and Cindy on Thursday at the Stake Center. We taught them what we in our mission call a "font to table" lesson where we start in front of the baptismal font where we taught them about the baptismal covenant and the gift of the Holy Ghost then committed her to be baptized on August 23rd and she accepted!! Then we went to the chapel and sat in front of the sacrament table and talked about enduring to the end and remaking our baptismal covenants each week through the sacrament. It was wondrous. We planned to do the same thing with Mitch last night but he rescheduled for tonight then he just a minute ago as I was typing rescheduled for tomorrow. He's a busy guy. Mom I know's how to use apostrophe's ok? I love's you'. You had a fun independent day it appears! For the 4th we helped someone move for most of the day then we went to a members neighborhood barbecue then went to our apt. at 7 for weekly planning. When the members asked if we could do fireworks we just told them that missionaries are highly flammable.
I'm writing you now as I wait to meet my new mission president, President Russell. A little nervous, but excited for newness and change. This week we taught Walt and Cindy and it was fantastic! We taught the first half of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so through Christ we can be cleansed from sin, faith, and repentance. We showed two sequential bible videos, to this end was I born, and my kingdom is not of this world, that I highly recommend. At the end Cindy was crying and she said she just felt so light inside and so loved. :D sometimes a smile is all you can use to explain how you feel about something. Go Adr! Honorary sister missionary! Next up in Your Weekly Missionary Email: Meeting President and Sister Russell! So we met the Russells! It was a super spiritual meeting. You could definitely see how the mantle of leadership had passed to President Russell. He had the same... Aura? As President Young, but he's way different. He speaks gently and simply, and he reminds me a little bit of Elder Scott. His wife is like a spiritual bomb, she's very businesslike and energetic. The coolest thing I learned was when President Russell put three things on the board and asked us to order them in what our level of focus should be. It was investigators, companion, and self. I thought, oh we should focus mainly on our investigators, then our companion and we should forget about ourselves. But he said we need to focus on ourselves first, that we need to develop spiritually before we can help others. That made sense, but on pondering it a little I realized that yes, we need to come first. But our motivation for self improvement needs to be from our love for our investigators and our companion! Oh mom I forgot to tell you, my allotment card isn't working so I've been using my home card for everything for the past three weeks or so. They said they would send me a new one but I haven't got it yet. I love you all! The circle of our love extends beyond the reach of time! Beyond the span of days and years it goes forever! If you know what I'm quoting send me a shoutout! (Cuidado: this is a scam to get you to email Elder Georgia) Love, Elder Georgia
Dearest family! I love you. This week was great! I did stuff. Just kidding, we had our last zone conference with President and Sister Young this week. Emotions ran high. They had us make a scrapbook page for them with pictures of ourselves and I'm just going to send you what I wrote: President & Sister Young, Thank you for changing my life. Serving a mission has been a terrible and wonderful struggle, but strength has always come from knowing right from the start that you loved me and believed in me, more than I believed in myself. It wasn't difficult for me to leave my home and travel to this strange new world of Oregon, not at first. I remember my first impression of Oregon was just to be overwhelmed by the emerald greenness of it all. Then how wonderful to be welcomed by piercing blue eyes that looked through me and seemed to know me instantly inside and out, and by the warmth of a thousand mothers combined into one being. Oh I quickly began to learn that mission life contained it's fair share of struggles and disappointments. I was surprised to learn that missionaries aren't perfect, the members aren't perfect, and helping our investigators along the path to perfection is no easy process! I learned that life could fluctuate as quickly and easily as the Oregon rains: sunny one minute followed by torrential downpours the next, or gray drizzles which could last for weeks only to suddenly burst into dazzling rainbows. I have learned to love these Oregonians, to love the wonderful missionaries in our mission, and to love serving alongside them to help the good people here to overcome life's trials through the gospel. Most importantly I've come to love serving my Heavenly King. That in His service I've been blessed to be nearer to Him than I've ever been. I know He loves me, because I am His son. He loves all of us so much He sent His Only Begotten Son to suffer and to die that we might live with Him eternally. I know His church is here again in glorious form and order, that truth once again rains down from Heaven, and that We are His angelic ranks sent forth to proclaim redemption to the world. Thank you so much for your service to all your missionaries and to our Heavenly Father. I don't want you to go! It's so much easier to leave than it is to be left. But I will keep in touch on all the big stuff! I love both of you so much. Go OEM! >From your: Forever Youngster, Elder Quinn Jerome Georgia At the end we bore our testimonies and I just sobbed through mine. I've become so emotional on my mission........ But now I'm resigned to them leaving and it will be a fun new experience with President Russell! He'll be here on Saturday. Saturday was the Community Family Night. We had four hundred name tags and they were all taken! Some people never got name tags. We had 35 pots of chili and they were SO GOOD. The line for the food came in the back door then wrapped halfway around the building, went through the gym where the food was, and out the other side. We didn't eat until everyone else had eaten and when we got there most of the chili's were pretty depleted and the cornbread was basically all gone. It was great. There was a dunk tank, volleyball, basketball, pie eating, square dancing, tug of war, chili contest, and zany zoo! <- an exotic petting zoo with a boa constrictor, a tree porcupine, a lemur, a cockateil, a giant tortoise, a big gerbil deer mouse guinea pig thing, and a bunch of other snakes and turtles and stuff. It was pretty amazing. There was a pretty good turnout from the other churches, but it was hard to tell how many. Everyone had a lot of fun. We also had a drunk homeless couple show up asking for food and then dance the rest of the night away! It was great. We taught Mitch the rest of the Plan of Salvation and we taught the whole thing to Cindy and they both were great! We thought Mitch wasn't coming to church because Tyus was supposedly going to their cabin near Bend over the weekend, but the whole family were there, Mitch included! And last night we had some plans but they didn't really happen, it was the night of the desserts cuz at dinner we had brownies and ice cream, then we stopped by another member's later to use their bathroom and they fed us s'mores (and Elder Carroll had a piece of chocolate pie), then we were biking back when Cindy and her boyfriend Walt saw us and invited us in for spice cake! Good thing I gain no fat. But anyways it was a great week! I did get my package! Thanks so much for the cookies and everything! I have to admit I'm fairly worried about the 5 billion active cultures you expect me to eat..... Love y'all! Elder Georgia
This week randomly decided to become colder and wetter again, but we avoided being rained on mostly which was nice. We weren't able to teach Mitch, but we're going to play volleyball with him today! We did however teach a new investigator! Cindy was taught the first lesson by missionaries a few years ago but then dropped off. She is the girlfriend of a member named Walt who hadn't been to church in a long time. He got hit by a car on his motorcycle but got away with a broken leg and some back pain which is much better than it could have been. So his home teacher invited us to come with him to give Walt a blessing. The next Sunday Walt and Cindy came to church! The week after that Walt had to go back to working on Sundays but last Monday after dinner Elder Carroll felt impressed to stop by, so we did and we talked to them for a while, then we asked if Cindy would like to take the lessons again and she said yes! So we taught them on Thursday with Pops, their home teacher. We taught the Restoration and it went well. It had been cloudy all day, but when we got to the story of Joseph Smith I started to recite the First Vision and the sun broke brilliantly through the clouds. Elder Carroll and I sat with our backs to the window and the light shone straight into Cindy's face, she was the only one really in the radiance. We both wondered if we should shut the curtains, but It didn't seem to bother her, she just kept direct eye contact with us. It was a cool moment. The light stayed until we about finished the discussion and were getting ready to leave. It was a good week. Random Eugene factoid! Eugene is the #2 city in the US for bike theft! The first being New York City. There are actually whole gangs devoted entirely to stealing bikes and reselling them. That's why we always lock up! That's all I have for today! Love you, Elder Georgia
It's cool you sent me FHE ideas cuz we're planning as a zone to send around FHE signups and teach their friends! So we needed ideas shanks! My June is fabulous. We taught Mitch last week! We taught him the first half of the plan of salvation using tons of scriptures. I think it went over his head a bit? Our mission president has given us a new directive. It really isn't new but he's put a lot more emphasis on it. We're out to find families. We had a ZTM all about that and it's really shifted my thoughts about missionary work. It's. It that we won't accept single people into the church, but it's so much simpler and more powerful for a whole family to enter the waters of baptism at the same time, to strengthen and support each other as they begin their journey to the temple and eternal life as a family. It's cool because after that we've seen a bunch of prospective teaching families on the horizon, don't know what it will take for them to investigate, but they're definitely there. We went family finding the day after and the second door we knocked on was a shortish man with a ball cap and eyebrow piercings (everyone in Oregon has tattoos or piercings somewhere, I can no longer remember if it's the same in ol' Virginny) who waved us in while talking on the phone. He identified himself as Jared and said he worked for a bunch of Mormons and really respected them. He has a lot of undefined notions about God, we gave him a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and he said we could drop by whenever. So that was cool. Mom I have a task for you to complete! Will you email me when you complete it? There's a lady in the 1st ward who we had dinner with who homeschools her kids and she was asking me about different programs I liked for different subjects and I said she should just talk to you so would you message her on Facebook for me and give her some advice? She's in my friends list. Her name is Jenni (I think it's spelled like that) Cragun. LOVE is all you need. The Beatles or something? Elder Georgia
Allo Fam! Earlier this week we were asked to give a blessing by a less active couple to their son who was in the hospital for appendicitis, he was going in to surgery at 2:00 but we had a meeting with some other missionaries to plan out our community family night and it went over. Then we got to the hospital and parked in a lot, then went looking for the emergency entrance but we walked the wrong way around the whole building almost back to where we started to get to the entrance and right as we got there the sisters (who are the ones teaching the family) walked out and said he had just gone into surgery. We got a call a few days later that he was doing worse so he wanted us to come again to give him a blessing so Elder Hanssen went there on splits and had a good experience with him. A while later we got another call that he had gone into respiratory arrest and his mom just happened to find him not breathing and they got a bunch of doctors on him. He literally died and was able to be brought back. It's interesting because when Elder Hanssen gave him the blessing he really wanted Hanssen to say he would be miraculously healed and made all better, but Hanssen wasn't prompted to say that, he just blessed him that the doctors would be able to find out what was wrong. And that's exactly what happened. We went to see him again on Sunday and he was awake and sitting up, he told his story so funnily he had us and the sisters and the bishopric member all cracking up. He's an ex marine who broke his leg then ran for a mile, but he said the pain from his appendix bursting was the worst thing he had ever felt. He told us that he had been away from the church for a long while but he still had a testimony and planned on coming back when he was in town. But he spends ten months out of the year mining in Lakeview for sunstones, Oregon's state gemstone! That was a good story. Long but good. We taught Mitch this week! It was great! He read the chapter we left him twice but said he hadn't felt the same thing he felt during our lesson. We explained more about revelation and that we couldn't tell him exactly HOW he would get an answer, just that he would. He's so great, we love him. Jordan Henderson got baptized on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the most fantasticest ever. Bro. Henderson performed the baptism, he had gotten the priesthood the Sunday before. He had one practice baptism then he dunked her again without saying the prayer but the third time WAS the charm. Elder Carroll and I sang "When I Am Baptized" without practicing once beforehand but it worked out. Bro. Henderson came into the chapel a while after Jordan, and the guy conducting was like, "It's the first time a woman beat a man getting dressed" and everyone laughed, but i was right behind Bro. Henderson and I heard him say very softly, "I had to take a moment." It meant so much to him. We confirmed Jordan the same night and us elders got to stand in on the circle. It was great. And Jordan just looked so happy. I didn't get a picture with them cuz we were late! But I'll get one before I leave here. So today is transfers! And Carroll and I are staying yaaaay! But we're kicking Hanssen back to first ward and it will be so great to just focus on sixth ward. That's All Folks! Love you. Elder Georgia
Hi lovelies! So I like Facebook a lot, our Facebook rules are extremely limited now we can only get one once a week for like 15 minutes, but I like to get the good news. I got a message sent to a bunch of elders on Facebook from a girl named Mariahn who was down in Brookings. She was taught by the other elders but we got to know her and teach her too. She said this: Thank you guys for teaching me and helping through my lessons I was baptized April 26 ( a week after my birthday) but I wasn't able to get a picture till just now. I've had so much experiences in the last month that I'm overwhelmed by the hold ghost haha I've gone on splits with the sisters, given a few talk (once in sacrament meeting with the sisters), graduated seminary, and I am now the young women's secretary and so many more things I also got my patriarchal blessing yesterday and now I feel on fire to read scriptures and be awesome haha thank you for everything elders! She sent a picture of her baptism too. It made my week. The other nice Facebook thing was the Lawtons, who I definitely told you about, finally came to church and Bro. Lawton made a nice post about it. They didn't go the whole time I was in Brookings. So we weren't able to meet with Mitch this week, he was too busy winning state track records with his fellowshipper. In fact we didn't meet with a lot of people, but it was good. We're probably losing Elder Hanssen soon which will actually be good, it's so much harder to plan for two separate areas, and we have too much fun together. But! If you buy five cumplaintos! We did meet one very exciting person this week! The 2nd ward elders met a lady on a bike trail who had read some of the Book of Mormon and was excited to read and learn more, so they set up an appointment with her, but she lives in our area so they told us to just go over instead, so we showed up on Saturday and she had completely forgotten we were coming but she said to come back Tuesday at 7 when her husband and kids would be home and she would feed us dinner! Our minds were blown. We accepted. Pray it goes well! Tell Lindy to check her email!!! I'm not sure if it went through! I love you more than a thousand burning suns! VI. How do I know these things of the man called Christ? I did not live at a time to hear His voice or see His face, but I feel His goodness in all the world around me, and He speaks to me in the words of His servants who have lived and died for Him throughout the history of the earth. I know there is light in this world. The earth and nature herself are unspeakably beautiful and glorious. Light itself in its radiance and illumination tells of the power and glory of its source. In the eyes and souls of my fellow men and women I see a light which tells me of the power of human love, the glory of intelligence, and the inherent divinity in all of us. Just as when a ray of light suddenly illuminates your surroundings, you know it has a source, I know there is a source to this light in my life. I read the words of Christ, telling me that He is this source, and I know them to be true. "��Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12 Elder Quinn Georgia
Hi peoples! This week was pretty great. We had the nicest weather, such a good break from rain. On the 29th I waited till the evening to open my package, we got to spend about two hours cleaning off the Hendersons roof which was the perfect thing to do on my birthday because I LOVE the Hendersons and I got to wear shorts. then our ward mission leader had us over that night and they made this awesome dessert, kind of like a Dutch baby with creamy filling and chocolate and caramel sauce on top. Then when we got back I opened my wonderful package, thankshomuch! I love new garments. And everything else was perfect. I made the cake and it's beeootifull!!!! And way good, I love the lime. On Wednesday we were visiting some Less Actives, and we had just invited a family to dodgeball and were heading out when a guy on a bike yelled at us from across the street and biked towards us. He was obviously homeless. He had this bag of Halloween bat and pumpkin shaped pretzels that he said someone had given him but he couldn't eat because he, "got no teeth", and they, "would cut the (spiritual death) out of his gums". So he gave them to us. They expired in February so we're just going to enshrine them on top of the fridge for forever. We got to help our downstairs neighbors move, they're really awesome siblings: Jim and Debra, African-American, 40'sish, and super nice. They just moved to another apartment in our complex cuz their apt. got flooded. It was interesting though because our apartment checkers, the Johnstons, said they had talked to Jim and Debra before and were fellowshipping them. So it was good. Loves, Elder Georgia p.s. I wrote this yesterday then I didn't send it....... III. "To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1:79 The call to come unto Christ resonates with my heart and soul. Everything I have come to know about Christ is beautiful to me. The story of His birth, of His life, of His death, and His resurrection, as it is found in the Bible, along with the added truths we know of Him from modern revelation, of his premortal existence, His advent in the Spirit World, and His work He continued as a resurrected glorified being from His ascension to these last days. Yet sometimes I have wondered, did He really live? Does He now truly live? Was Christ really who He said He was? How can I learn to fully put my trust in Him? The heavens bear record of all things, and their cycles are analogous to life. I lived with God. His full presence and glory was like the light of the sun. So warm it burns and so radiant it's too bright to look at. Life is like the twilight sinking into night. We must leave the warmth of God's presence and find our way in the dark. Become subject to the fall, and become separated from God. However, as twilight turns to night, one by one His stars come out. We come to know His truths line upon line, one at a time, until our lives once dark, are filled with the glorious patterns of His plan that we can use to navigate our way back home. The most important truth we can come to know, is that Jesus Christ truly died for us to lead us back to our Heavenly Father.
HAPPY BIRHTDAY MOOOOOM! How was YOUR day? Was it fantasticubulous? On Saturday I got a lovely large package in the mail that said, "Do not open until April 29th." Oh man! I thought, that's so far away! Then Elder Carroll looked over my shoulder and said, "Wait, your birthday is this week and you didn't even tell me???" I had completely forgotten about my birthday. This also reminds me that a few weeks ago I was at the church helping out with mutual when Sister Foutz came up to me and said, "So if your birthday was on April 29th what would you want?" I was immediately overcome with suspicion and bewilderment. How did she find out? Why did she find out? Was this a setup? While I was frozen, unable to think of what to say, she said she didn't know what to get for her son on his mission. My suspicion was turned to shock at the outrageous coincidence that could let that exact situation come about. When I explained that, why, my birthday was on April 29th! Sister Foutz and the other members in the vicinity were likewise surprised and tickled pink. It was quite goofy. Oh will someone make sure to say HALLOOOO! To Abby the Nelson? She Facebook messaged me but I'm not allowed to respond. Where is Mallory Seely? I thought she was in New York, but all these emails say she's in Jamaica..... I'm so excited for Aysha and her papers! This week we tracked this one street and everyone was these nice old people who had Mormon friends or family and saw us on our bikes all the time, but who weren't interested thank you kindly. Yeah we had pretty much the same conversation with everyone. There were two people though who told us to come back, one wanted to argue with us more, the other was Frank. He told us he was an atheist and his wife was an optimistic agnostic whose great great great something grandma married Joseph Smith! (supposedly) But we had a cool conversation with him and he told us we could come back any time. We think he might have some potential. I love you. Here's the second part of my talk! II. "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." Proverbs 4:18-19 I was born of goodly parents and raised in a sacred home. I was taught from my youth the plan of happiness. I learned I am a child of God, and He has sent me here. I learned that Jesus loved me so He died for me. I learned that I should say His name when I prayed, and not say it when I didn't mean it. In Sunday-school I was taught about Christ and the restoration and organization of His church on earth. In Seminary I learned more about the scriptures, the deepness of the doctrines of the word of God. I read the words of the ancients as if spoken from the dust, they spoke of Him. Of power and glory, of meekness and peace. Although this brief act of life is all I know, all I can remember, I believe that I am an eternal soul, born from the love of God. I believe I was present when the foundations of life and the plan were laid with Father as the architect and Jesus Christ as the builder. I believe I was with Him in the beginning. I heard His council in the heavenly realms. I loved Him and wanted to follow His example of obedience to the Father. I wanted to be like Him. I watched as He came to earth trailing glory, was born as man, faced the trials and temptations of mortality and yet, lived a perfect life. I watched Him be despised and rejected of men, suffer for all our sins and afflictions, and die. He died for us.