Nathan Coleman

Nathan Coleman
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Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015

This week has been a good one:

The reason why this email is coming a little late is because we were at a ward party for Buddha's birthday, which means everyone gets off work and stuff. We went up close to the Han River and just played games and ate lots of food. Fortunately, we were able to bring 2 investigators with us, who seemed to really enjoy it (especially the food) and we also got to hang out with a lot of the members. Also, we had a lot of success this week finding people on the street and elsewhere so that was just a party. 

Today since my last thought was so long, I don't have any big thoughts to share with all of you, but I will share a quick thought on obedience. King Benjamin, a prophet-king in the Book of Mormon, taught that obedience should never be considered as a burden. Instead, we should constantly ponder on the blessing of obedience: 

And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. (Mosiah 2:41)

The Prophet Alma makes a similar point as he is talking to his son. 

Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness. (Alma 41:10)

Keeping the commandments of God is not about punishment, taking away our choices, or even receiving blessings. God's commandments exist so that we can benefit from them. As we keep them we dwell in a state of happiness because we can avoid guilt, shame, and mistakes that lead to spiritual and physical damage. As we ponder on the fact that commandments are from an omniscient, all powerful, and all loving father in heaven, perhaps we can be better persuaded to keep the commandments of God.

Love you all,
Elder Coleman

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