"I know this is something we can all be better at, instead of justifying our behavior, we could be more humble and recognize the gift and love that the Lord and the Savior have extended to us to be better and to love them more."
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Elder Smith and I with two little friends.
I had a pretty good week! We had lots of new investigators!
We have not been able to watch General Conference yet but we did find out about some great news. My mission president, Elder Joni Koch, was called on Saturday as a General Authority! He was called as a Seventy. It has been an awesome experience being a missionary under his great stewardship. He has been a wonderful spiritual leader for me during my time serving in Mozambique.
This week I found myself once again in the NT studying John. In John 2, Christ goes to the temple and sees the money changers, and gets really mad. We all know the story.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
A scourge is a whip, but not just any whip. It's one with particular details that takes meticulous skill to craft. It is something that would take time to make. This tells me that Christ didn't just go into the temple without warning. He probably warned the money changers and told them to leave the Lord's house. And when they didn't He went and took the time to make the whip. It was only after Christ gave them a chance to change did He then go back in and rebuke them and kick them out of the Lord's presence.
This tells us so much about Christ and his relationship with us. He will always give us the opportunity to repent, and to ask for forgiveness, it is only when we reject His atonement, his offering that we receive justice. God cannot change his laws, but Christ provides a way for us to be freed from our sin, if we take the opportunity to.
I know this is something we can all be better at, instead of justifying our behavior, we could be more humble and recognize the gift and love that the Lord and the Savior have extended to us to be better and to love them more.
I love you all!
Hope you all have a great week!
Fun Family Night!
President and Sister Koch