It's been a busy week. It feels like it's gone by so quick but the things we did on Monday and Tuesday seem like it was so long ago...pretty weird. I don't get how that works. So anyways... I guess I'll tell you about my week.
On Tuesday I conducted my first baptismal interview with someone. It was different being the person on the other side of the table asking the questions. It made me feel old.. It was a really great experience though. We went travelled on the train to Southport to do the interview. His name was Tony and he was in his 70's. It just proves that you're never too old to change. I read something from Jeffrey R. Holland said about change."You can change anything you want to change and you can do it very fast. That’s another Mosiah 28:4) which is Mormon’s phrase in describing these young men. Yet as Alma recounts his own experience in the 36th chapter of Alma [Alma 36] it appears to have been as instantaneous as it was stunning. that it takes years and years to repent. It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say, “I’ll change”—and mean it. Of course there will be problems to work out and restitutions to make. You may well spend—indeed you had better spend—the rest of your life proving your repentance is genuine by its permanence. But change, growth, renewal, repentance can come for you as instantaneously as it did for Alma and the Sons of Mosiah. Even if you have serious amends to make, it is not likely that you would qualify for the term “the vilest of sinners” (He taught us another principle from that same story. It was about the times when we just have no idea what we should do. He told us that it's a good thing to be in that situation. He said that's why he loves new missionaries so much, because they don't know what to do. They rely on the spirit to know instead of experience and knowledge. Nephi tried to use his experience and knowledge to get the plates(records) from Laban. Round 1, 1 nephi 3