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Monday, March 5, 2012

Understanding the "Bigger Picture"

Hello Hello!

Can you believe it is March?! The weather here on a few occasions

this week has been quite spring-esque. A great time for missionary

Looks like the weather is getting nicer up in Texas with the picture

dad sent (below). Connor is looking good in that track suit! You could say
he’s looking “English.” Those are the only kind of shorts they wear
around here. They don’t sell basketball shorts in many places, just
running and soccer short shorts.



Ben is doing grand. We have seen him twice this week, with great

things coming out of them. The first lesson we taught the end of the
Plan of Salvation, (this being the third time, as he loves to expound
and ask questions), and then spent the rest of the lesson following up
on what he had done whilst we were gone. He explained how he is
feeling and how it is a pure feeling. He continues to say how hard it
is for him to come out of his “science box” that he has been in for
all these years. Also how from what we have shared he has begun to
understand science even to a greater degree.

In our second lesson he was enthusiastic to share what he read and
pondered over. He turned to 1 Nephi 10:3 which speaks about the Jews
and the captivity they would come under from the Babylonians. Ben
started to expound to us how this connected to the Old Testament.
This comes from his childhood and teenage years when he had a great
love for religion and when he was able to learn many of the things he
has shared with us. After talking about the Book of Mormon and how it
is connected to the Bible, Elder Nielson asked the question: How do
you feel when you read the Book of Mormon?
Immediately he began to
explain feelings that he said he hasn’t felt since his teenage years.
We then asked if he believed the Book of Mormon to be 100% true, with
conviction he said, yes. This was not an avowal of mere belief but a
declaration made from a witness gained through the Holy Ghost. We can
only know spiritual truth through revelation, which comes through the
channel of the Holy Ghost. He had felt those feelings and it only
took him to identify the spirit he was feeling to know that the Book
of Mormon is true. This is a massive step for Ben and his conversion
process. The only step for him is to come to church, that is our next
big hurdle. He desires to be at church and be baptised, it is just
his body that is holding him back.

Roxie is still doing good, although we have not been able to see her

this week. She headed down south for a University interview, and then
on her way back her friend was hit by a car and taken to the hospital.
 So for the week she has been with her, and is coming back today. We
should be seeing her soon.

This week we headed up to Workington, to work with the Cedar City Duo,

Elder Sanders, and Elder Bahr. The drive up there was memorable as we
trekked right through the Lake District. I had no idea something of
that nature existed in England. Needless to say it was a surprise to
me. I took some photos, but I forgot by camera this morning, sorry!

It was a great exchange, with the people there having an accent that

is a mix between a Scot, and a Liverpudlian.

As I said we had Zone Leaders Council this week. President Preston is

slowly making the transition to a 4 week outlook rather than a regular
6 week cycle. We will still be having transfers every 6 weeks, but
Zone Conferences and Trainings will be scheduled a bit diiferent now.
And with all of these tweaks he has moved Zone Leaders Council (ZLC)
to be every first Friday of the month rather than once a transfer.

During the meeting I was asked to train on “Leadership Responsibility”

based on Jacob 1:19.  I was able to stress the importance of “passing
down the culture” and how we are responsible for helping the newer
missionaries catch the vision.  As we read Jacob 1:19 I had them think
of a person they thought represented that scripture to them in their
life. First thing that came to mind when I was preparing was...Mom!

This past Saturday we went to mass with the Thompsons. Clare, the

wife, was baptised over 25 years ago and with the new Address Unknown
File project going on in the UK, we received her info to try by. As we
did they let us in and were very friendly. Clare had loved the
church, but since getting married she resorted back to the
Catholisicm, to suit the rest of her family. John, the husband was
very friendly to us, and we in a way struck a deal with them. We said
we would make time to come to their church if they would return the
favour. Well they agreed and lived up to their word! The family
came to church yesterday.

Scripture of the week: Mosiah 5:13

13 For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is
a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his
How can we expect to understand the things around us in our lives if
we are far from the source of all truth?  No wonder God asks us to
pray and read our scriptures, for that is what will help us understand
the "bigger picture".

D&C 132:24: This is eternal lives—to know the only wise and true God,

and Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent. I am he. Receive ye, therefore,
my law.

Love you all!

Elder Eliason

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