This past week has been crazy and extremely busy. Tuesday morning we left for Pocatello and didn't get back until Thursday afternoon from the leadership training meeting. Our training went really well. We received some great compliments from it afterward and President Colton told us we trained exactly the way he wanted. We focused a lot on the preparation necessary to receive revelation and looked a lot to the Prophet Joseph Smith as an example to how we should prepare ourselves to receive greater revelation. We may not have quite the experience as the prophet but we are promised that if our heart is prepared, God promises answers. Moroni 10:4 teaches us how to be prepared.
Friday we had a zone leader council for several hours and made plans of how to implement the trainings we received and "make it rain." When Elder Scott was in a stake meeting the discussion was how to get word out to all the members of the stake; they discussed several metaphors of gardening like trenches and rivers when Elder Scott said, "brethren, we need to make it rain." President Colton likes to use this example when talking about sharing what we know with the missionaries we serve.
At this zone leader council President trained on Jacob 5. I now love this chapter because we learn the importance of laboring with the Lord. We particularly studied ch. 70 to 77 and learned that the servant that is talked about is the Prophet Joseph Smith. These verses are all about this last dispensation and how we need to labor with Joseph to gather zion before the earth is destroyed by fire. As I ponder on this I assume that the servant can also be known as President Monson and the allegory is the same. Our dear prophet is laboring to gather the elect preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah, we too must labor with him and fulfil our purpose of inviting others to come unto Christ. We are so blessed to have a prophet to labor with and to know the secrets of our God. I love to state to others that I have been called by a prophet of God to share what I know; I know that my message is true.
Saturday was a payday as brother Rob House was baptized. His wife was baptized back in September and has been trying to get baptized since then. He's had a smoking habit that he couldn't kick but finally was able to do it with many prayers and fasting. He has already been interviewed and will receive the Aaronic Priesthood the Sunday after next. Elder Rudd and I were able to travel to Poky to see 2 baptisms that we helped with. It was really great to see people in Pocatello again.
All is well in Idaho. We received a few inches of snow last night! I thought is was all going to be gone finally but I was definitely wrong.
Peace and Love,
Elder Tyson Rigby Walker