Hey guys, I'll pre-apologize for being short on words this week.
Springs is a crazy city, one day I'll miss walking up and down these run-down crowded streets piled and bustling with people of every nationality and color. Just about every nation of Africa has claimed a little piece of the pie in the cbd of Springs.
Anyways, we were able to watch conference this weekend. Pretty un-delayed compared to times in the past. I just picked out a thing or two from the words of our modern prophets and apostles;
What the world values is different than what God values. What God values is different than what the world values. The world praises the skeptics, applauds the cynical minds; Exalts the doubters. The World says that faith is uneducated. The world says that putting trust in things unseen is merely a scapegoat that self-alters 'true' reality: to falsly justify and soothe the dark times of human life, and to bring some artificial faith-induced light to the horizon of the unknown; to conjure up a post-mortal destiny. To create desperate, un-proven happily-ever-afters.
The world will tell you that unbelief and being slow to trust in unseeable, good things from God is more educated and admirable in comparison to being believers.
But the thing is, it's easy to be skeptical. It's easy to be cynical. It's easy to doubt.
The world views a pathway of Christianity, or frankly any world religion; As the easy way, as a scheme to create blind security, an effort to alter reality, or a way to fathom up idealisms like 'life after death' or 'forever families'.
So what I'm trying to say is that I've learned that looking at eternal truths through a faulty, peer-influenced mortal scope is easy. Being a modernized pharisee and enlarging points of doctrine under a magnifying glass of criticism is what the world is viewing as intelligence, and is the easy way. Being a disciple of Christ is not easy.
What I'm trying to get to, is that you should believe. Believe in God, and believe in Christ, and if you do not have ample evidence to justify your belief, do not pay heed to the mocks and cries of that great and spacious building, adorned with material wealth, and worldly elegance. You are on the right path, even if you cannot see the tree of life through the haze yet. Keep believing until God unveils His face to you. He will, trust my testimony on that one. Even if it takes a lot of fighting the urge to give into unbelief. The world will always praise the accuser of sound doctrine, who looks for a chink in the armor of mormonism, or of any sect for that purpose. But, as the Savior declared, we must be lights to the world. A world that is slipping deeper and deeper into a bottomless chasm of darkness and obscurity, who is frantically clawing and grabbing at anything and anyone it can take down with it. A path of unbelief is slippery and miserable. A path of belief is secure and happy.
Believe in God. Because at the end of the day, God lives, and the scriptures warn us about giving into unbelief. If you believe, He will give you enough assurance to ignite your lamp of testimony, to guide and illuminate your paths through the long and complicated nights. If there's one thing that Jesus sjamboks (rebukes) in the scriptures it's when His followers didn't have faith, and it's likely a similar story today. Just hold on to whatever faith you have. Always remember that God loves you. Also remember that we worship a backwards God, or maybe we as people are backwards. We say 'show me a miracle, then I'll show you my faith'. God says 'show me your faith, and I'll show you a miracle'. Merely enduring in conjunction with believing through the thick and thin qualifies for the measure of faith necessary for God to reveal miracles in your life. So just hold on, and be believing, and everything will work out.
ANyways I love you guys a lot. Thanks to everyone who writes me emails, it seriously means the world. I'm getting a new companion tomorrow, I'll definitely miss learning everyday from Elder Broadhead, and I look forward to even more adventures in the next six weeks.
Elder Tanner Clegg
"The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones"