Nathan Coleman

Nathan Coleman
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Monday, April 4, 2016

April 3, 2016

To my friends and family,

This week was amazing! We got to teach at a high school, go to a soccer game, and find and teach a ton of people that are super interesting!

So interesting cultural thing, in Korea, after a mother has a baby nobody sees the baby for 100 days. Like the baby doesn't leave the house and the mother doesn't really leave the house too often either. It used to be because of health worries, but now it has kind of just changed to accommodate the mother. I think it’s pretty cool, especially because one of our church members just had a baby and we finally got to see her!

So my quick message for the week is the balance between God's Justice and Mercy. In the Old Testament part of the Bible, it is very clear that when people break God's commandments, bad things happen. But then in the New Testament, prophets write of a God who suffered for all of our sins so that we would not have to. This sometimes feels like a contradiction to people, and many people can't believe the Old Testament God is the same as the one in the New Testament. Fortunately, we have the Book of Mormon to clarify this confusion. Mosiah 15:8-9 says,

 8 And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—

 9 Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.

When we break God's commandments, there are always temporal and spiritual consequences. Fortunately, we have a loving God who cares about us so much to send his own Son, to stand between us and the consequences of our sins, and literally suffer on our behalf so that we need only to repent to avoid the consequences of our actions. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for their plan and the opportunity I have to share it with the people in Korea and with all of you!

Love you all,

Elder Coleman

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