"Go ye therefore and teach all nations . . ." Matthew 28:19

"Go ye therefore and teach all nations . . ." Matthew 28:19

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week 14 - Training in Quebec

So this week we went to Quebec for Zone training and for the Montreal Quebec Temple re-dedication. Before we left Rimouski for Quebec, we taught a few lessons with some of our members about taking upon ourselves the name of Christ and about the importance of making and keeping covenants. 

While we were in Quebec we taught several lessons and participated in 2 priesthood blessings for the sick and afflicted. There is a special spirit present during those blessings! 

Zone training was really good. President Patrick taught us about the importance of temple work and family history work for our members and recent converts. Our zone leaders reminded us about the things Elder Golden taught us and encouraged us to do such as finding a family a day and setting goals and plans to baptize at least 1 family per month. The sister missionaries who were responsible to train us taught us on planning and how we need to be more specific in terms of aligning our plans and goals more closely with God's will. 

In Quebec, we went contacting in Old Quebec, which is a beautiful part of the city that has the architecture, set up, and feel of old France. I'm so grateful to have a temple now in the mission again. It is such an amazing place where I feel closer to the Lord than in any other place. This week I read a talk by Elder Caussé entitled "For When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong". He talked about 4 points that can help us receive strength to overcome the challenges of life. 

1) Build Upon Our Strengths

  "Our problem is never that we have no strengths; the problem comes when we do not recognize our strengths and build upon them. 
  "With a humble and honest heart, seek to identify, develop, and apply for good those gifts that the Lord has given you."

2) Recognize Your Personal Limitations

  "God is not the God of superheroes, nor of people without weaknesses. Such beings do not exist! God helps people like you and me, those who recognize their limits and the weakness of their condition and seek for His help and guidance. Failing to recognize our limitations will block our progression. On the other hand, accepting them humbly lays the foundation for eternal progression."

3) Rely on the Lord
  "True wisdom includes recognizing our dependence on our Creator and His son, Jesus Christ, to reach our full potential...Where pride says, "I am the one who did it," wisdom prefers to recognize, "God empowered me to be able to do it.""
  "Recognizing our personal limitations does not mean that we should put ourselves down and wallow in our weaknesses. Accepting our limitations is not an excuse to limit ourselves. On the contrary, as disciples of Jesus Christ we aspire to that which is better and more elevated. The goal of our existence is to be raised to a level of perfection that will allow us to return to live in the presence of our heavenly Father."

  "The Lord often places His servants in situations with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In this manner he pushes us to humble ourselves and to rely solely on His strength. He makes us instruments of His miracles and the manifestations of His power and compassion."
  "Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ."

4) Qualify Yourselves to Receive the Grace of the Savior

  "Grace is spiritual knowledge and power that changes how someone sees himself, increases his capacities, and magnifies his ability to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord."

I know that this church is true and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and that through His grace and mercy, if we humble ourselves, He will make our weaknesses strengths. 

I love you all! Stay safe, stay faithful!


Elder DiReda

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