Monday, May 30, 2016

Wylie coyote update: sickly measures to eternal pleasures!

This is episode 22 of .... "The missing pages of the Wylie journals"!
And now your host, 'Egli Manchester':

Welcome back to another broadcast of 'The mission pages of the Wylie
journals'. It's me, Egli Manchester. This week we are still looking
into the few pages that were discovered by Randal Sanchez of Arizona
about a month ago who claims the pages were quote, "thrown at my
lunch" while out on his front porch. I don't know what that's supposed
to mean, but no matter, we have the pages, and like I said, they have
been authenticated by the historical department of the church and by
distant family members. Anyway, let's take a look at the papers!

The pages we are looking at today have been identified to be from the
week of May 23rd to 29th, 2016. Luckily, the accounts written are
almost completely intact! Now I will begin to read the transcript:

"This week turned out quite alright, despite having a sick companion.
In between the few events we had to attend to, including a baptism and
a zone meeting, I had plenty of time for pondering, reading, studying,
receiving revelation, and doing mash-ups with the hymns. I was able to
learn some good ideas and principles. I will attach a copy of a couple
of 'words of wisdom' that I have written down this week because they
have really opened my understanding of gospel-related topics."

Now pause, this is Egli speaking. I am pleased to say that we do have
the two sections he meant to include, calling them 'words of wisdom'.
I will read those after the week's account. Now, back to the
transcript:

"Elder Rowley hardly ate anything all week, because he just couldn't
seem to keep it down. Last Monday, he was a little bold and tried the
grilled peanut butter and jelly/honey sandwiches brother Hansen made
us. Elder Rowley's stomach rejected those too. They were super good,
and everyone should try them! All you do is just get some bread, put a
little butter on the slices, throw them on the skillet, and spread
that peanut butter and honey on there! It's super good. The hansens
call them 'Amos and Andy's', and that's because their..." 

Now, it's Egli again. This is the only part of the transcript that was
unreadable. I guess we'll never know why they were called Amos and
Andy's! Anyways, back to the transcript:

"But now I'm glad to say that elder Rowley is almost 100% again! It's
good to be getting back into the normal routine. The first
normal-feeling day was Saturday, which was the baptism! Kayla
Nickelson is a sweet 9 year old who impressed her grandfather by how
much she has progressed in the gospel in understanding and desire. It
was a little hassle to get the programs printed and the font filled,
but it all worked out. I was honored to baptize her. It was the first
time I have baptized someone for themselves! What was cool was that
probably over half the people there were non-members! The Spirit was
there, so I hope it touched their hearts a little bit! She was
confirmed Sunday by her grandfather."

"We got to spend some time at the smiths with all the family that was
in town. Her dad isn't a member, but he is a funny guy. He jokingly
offered to buy us some wine, haha. When I saw him after the baptism,
he kept telling me, 'thank you'. He was grateful for us and what we
did. It was cool to see that. So back to Sunday, it was our first
Sunday going to three wards! We didn't split up and get to all the
meetings this time, but that is what we will have to do, because there
is a lot of overlapping meeting that we might need to do both. That
will be an adventure!"

"Our other notable event this week was zone training. I was reminded
of who I really am. As it says on our ministerial cards, we are 'duly
ordained ministers' who have the authority to 'preach the principles
of the gospel and to administer the ordinances thereof'! We can
promise people blessings from living the gospel and we can perform
miracles by the will of God! I've seen miracles come from giving
priesthood blessings, and I was able to experience the amazing spirit
of giving blessings this week! That is one of my favorite feelings.
It's a testimony to me of the reality of the priesthood I hold and of
the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith."

Wow. What a great testimony from Elder Wylie. I agree to the reality
of the priesthood and definitely know it is a real power. I have felt
it as well. Now I will read to you the two bonus articles that elder Wylie
mentioned. 

This First one is titled, 'Desensitized'. To preface this
insert, elder Wylie said, "I wrote this in response to our fifth
Sunday lesson about pornography. It is a plague we can't ignore!"
Here it is:

"How do we avoid addiction to pornography? We can't avoid it, we can't
remove it, we can run from it. We have to develop some kind of self
filter that will make our better selves choose to not succumb to the
good feeling.

"When we see alcohol on the shelf at the store, especially if we've
never tried it before,  we probably won't be motivated to try it or
feel any affect from seeing it. Pornography is different. The moment
you see pornography, it is already affecting you. If you don't choose
to look away, it will start to get a hold of you. So the problem is
not how we don't see it, but what do we do when we do see it?
The only way to avoid becoming addicted to pornography, you must
develop in yourself an automatic escape plan, specific steps on what
you are going to do. To develop this plan, we must first come up with
a plan. Then, we must conscientiously practice and use that plan every
time we are subject to it. Eventually, these steps will become habit,
hence, automatic. It is a diligent endeavor, but surely possible.
If we don't develop a plan, and just try to ignore it, or have a
certain tolerance to it, we will become desensitized to it. Being
desensitized to pornography means we have lost our moral standard to
it. We don't care that we are seeing it, therefore we let it roam
wherever it will in our lives. Even if we aren't addicted to it, we
are still being effected by it. The consequences of being desensitized
or addicted to pornography are loss of respect for others, broken
relationships, and treating God's sacred creation with little to no
sacredness.

"There is no way we can become immune to pornography, because it
arouses natural feelings in an abnormal and unhealthy way. We must
create our own safeguards and plan to become immune to the
temptation."

All I can say to that is, it's true, so apply that to your life if you
haven't already. Now for the second insert by elder Wylie titled,
'Christ is the mediator, but we are not repaying him.'
Here we go:

"If you compare Jesus to the mediator in the parable of the tax
collector and the debtor, it seems that Jesus is expecting repayment.
However, what it means for us to be in debt to Him really means we are
subject to His will!

"Even though he sets the terms for the forgiveness of our debt, He is
not expecting us to repay Him, but to do His will. Here is an analogy
that illustrate this subject:

"Brad Wilcox used the excellent analogy of piano lessons to help us
understand grace. Say your mom signs you up for piano lessons. In this
case, the piano teacher would be like the tax collector who demands
justice, you are the debtor and your mom is the mediator. Since your
mom is paying the piano teacher, you are indebted to her. Does your
practice repay your mom or the piano teacher? No. Your practice is
your submission to the will of your mother, which is all she asks. She
wants you to improve your piano skills.

"In real life, what does justice demand? Punishment for our sins. We
are in debt to the law and must suffer the consequences of our
actions. The mediator, Jesus Christ, performed the Atonement, which
paid the law in full for all the punishments that were to be felt by
all the sinners, everyone. We are all in debt to Jesus Christ,
meaning, we are all now subject to His will. Does following Him,
repenting, keeping the commandments repay Him in any way? No, for it
is not their purpose.

"When the scriptures say we will be unprofitable servants after all the
service we give to Christ, it means that no matter what we do or how
much we do, we will never give more to Christ than Christ gave to us.
The purpose of all the service we do surely isn't repaying Him anyway,
it's taking advantage of the sacrifice He gave for us, for that is His
will for us!"

Well, that's this week's pages from 'The missing pages of the Wylie
journals'. Thanks for tuning in, and I hope you learned something that
you can use to improve your lives. Until next time, this is Egli
Manchester, signing off!" (Brief exit music). End.

Elder Wylie and Kayla Smith
(she chose him to baptize her)

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