Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Oh Ye, Oh Ye!

All ye whom rebel against the Lord our God, I say unto you that ye must repent and become clean from all your sins, lest the Lord our God shall visit you in His wrath. We all all the same in the sight of our God, for unless we become as little children and repent of all our sins and mistakes, we shall be cut off at the last day, the day of which we should be rejoicing and leaping for joy over. Never the less, there has been a way prepared that we can come back into the fold of our Shepard, for Christ Himself said in 3 Nephi 11:11-12 "And behold, I am the light and the life of the world;and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning. And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven." As we can see, Christ has paid the ultimate price for us and He wants us to be saved, nevertheless, unless we repent and forsake all our sins, we can't expect Him to force us to repent, for He gave us agency (the power to chose), and He wants us to learn to use it correctly. For these days have been prophesied from our fathers in olden times.

I say unto you again, Repent, and become like our Brother, even Jesus Christ, for He has set the ultimate example for us. He has lived on this Earth, He has gone through the worst trials and hardships we could possibly imagine. He has asked that we just do the basics and follow the so simple commandments that God has given to us. Even better, we have been promised blessings for each and every commandment that we keep. On the contrary, we are promised that for every commandment that we don't keep, we will have those blessings taken away from us. For like the man who was given talents and he used them, he was given more, and the one who didn't use them and buried them, even they were taken away form us. I want each and everyone of us to take what talents we have and grow them. We are able to grow them as we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we are able to learn about those teaching through reading the Scriptures daily (that includes the Old Testament, New Testament, Another Testament [The Book of Mormon], Doctrine and Covenants, and the Perl of Great Price), praying at least 3 times a day, and attending Christs one and only true church weekly. I would exhort you to try out these things and see for yourself if they are not good. I know they are good.

We must continue to repent of our actions quickly and look to Heaven for help constantly. If we are able to follow the teachings found in the scriptures, we will be able to see the exceeding Joy that comes from living the Gospel, Yea, we will see miracles happening in our lives, and we will be able to see blessing happen that we can't even comprehend with our own minds. It says in the book of James, that if we have faith the size of a grain of a Mustard seed, we can move mountains. Imagine if you had Faith the size of a grape or an apple? We are here to learn and progress in the kingdom of God. We must continue to endure to the end, all our days, in order to have Joy at the last days.

I know there is a God. I have seen proof, for I have received a Spiritual witness of my self. I would ask that you pray to get one for yourself. I know we can draw upon the powers of Heaven. If we look around us in the world there is proof in a God, for He created the Earth and the Animals here upon the Earth. We may not see God in person, but just like the wind we can see the effects He has upon the people and the Earth around us. For just like the wind, we can't see it but it is there. To say there is no God is to say that there is now wind, for God created the wind, and He can take it away. If you want to say there in no God, I would exhort you to read the the scriptures, yea, the words of all the prophets through out time, for they know God personally and His Son, Jesus Christ. God will show himself to anyone who has enough faith, we all have that same power. So repent ye, and obtain that faith.

I love this Gospel and the redeeming love it has, I know Christ is there, I know He loves me, I know that I can achieve these blessings. I know we have a we have a loving Father in Heaven, and a loving Son of God, Jesus Christ. We must forsake our fear. I love you all, and I want you to feel of this everlasting Love, and Joy. I know I have. In the name of Jesus Christ, our savior, Amen.

Have a great week.

Elder Warkentin

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Continuing to get the work going better in the area.

This past week, we were able to start teaching a couple new people. It just goes to show that there is always work to do, we just have to have the faith to find those people who the Lord is preparing for us to work with. I know that we are being looked after. I know that as we strive to follow the commandments that God has given to us, we will see the Miracles and blessings ever more present in out lives. As we show our willingness to work for God, He will use us to help bless other's lives.

In Helaman 16:1 it says "And now, it came to pass that there were many who heard the words of Samuel, the Lamanite, which he spake upon the walls of the city. And as many as believed on his word went forth and sought for Nephi; and when they had come forth and found him they confessed unto him their sins and denied not, desiring that they might be baptized unto the Lord." I would ask that you come to a belief on the words which Samuel spake, for they were the Gospel. I know that the Gospel was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, for I know that he brought about the greatest miracle of them all, he restored the full Gospel back to the earth. I know Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father appeared to Joseph and they spake to him personally. I would exhort you do ask for your self if the church of Jesus Christ is true. I know it is. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I hope you have a great week.

Elder Warkentin

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The New Area!

It looks like I was transferred to be in the Castle Downs Ward here in Edmonton. It is interesting because this ward is right next to the Londonderry Ward I was in last year. So I have been seeing some of the same faces, and same streets. There is a great work to get going in this area, and I'm excited that I have the opportunity to be a part of it.

I found one of the World's largest Baseball Bat's:

I have found in talking to people, Heavenly Father truly answer's prayers. I found that as I ask for specific things to happen in finding people, our Father has blessed with the success that I pray for. He still won't take away peoples agency, but He can do things such as helping us catch them home, be willing to talk to us, be open to the Gospel. and so forth. I know there is many evidences that show that there is a God who loves us and cares for us. He wants to help us out, we just have to pray and ask Him for help. I love my God, and I hope you love Him the same. "If ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can ye feel so now?". Sometimes I look on the world and wonder how there can be so much wickedness, then I look and see all the blessings of Mercy that have been shown unto me, and I wonder how God has had so much patience as to continue to show us love. I would exhort you to reach toward the redeeming hand of Christ.

I love you. I know They love you. We hope you have a great week to come.

Elder Warkentin

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mysterious Transfers.

This Transfer is different, out Mission President is no longer telling us on Monday where we are going or who our new companion will be. I just know that I'm being transferred on Wednesday and I'm remaining District Leader. Red Deer has been a good place to serve. There has been some good people here and I have greatly seen the hand of God work Miracles down here. I know the Lord looks after all of us.

Some of you might have heard that a city named Fort McMurray has been burning up this past week. I'm pleased to say that is about 6 hours drive from where I'm at. It almost reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah, being burned due to people hardening there hearts. There were still some good people left up there though. Sometimes it doesn't hurt to repent quickly. I know God is there, He loves us. He wants what is best for us. He wants to hear from us. I know good things come to those who seek righteousness.

I Know Jesus is our Savior. I know He wants us to return to live with Him in the end. I know we can achieve that. I pray that everyone heed the council of our Prophets living and dead, They know what they're talking about.

I love you all, I hope you all have a great week to come.

Elder Warkentin

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

And shall find... great treasures... even hidden treasures

A cool story from this past week. So we were called to help give some Missionaries in my district some help by jump starting there car. When we went and helped them, they were parked by a storm drain. In the storm drain there was a $20 bill that had fallen in there. So we got down and had pulled it out. So we were able to find a hidden treasure like D&C 89:19 talks about.

We also get new pamphlets to teach form this past week. I really enjoyed how in one of them it talked about Temples, it helps us realize that Baptism isn't the end goal. The end goal is being able to go to the Temple to partake of the Endowment and be sealed together as a family for not only this life, but also the life to come, which is and eternal life never to end. How great a blessing is that, being able to be with out family, our loved ones forever, and when I say forever that means without end. For time never started, and thus it will never end. I know the Temple is a house of God, I'm going there someday, I wish that someday can be everyday. I pray that everyone can go there.

I love you all, I hope you have a great Mother's Day.

Elder Warkentin