"For God hath not given the spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND." 2 Timothy 1:7
Do not be afraid or ashamed of the gospel you bear, for Christ is your companion wherever you go!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

July 29, 2012

You are more than welcome for the pictures. Its about time i get them emailed to you. I was not able to print pictures last week. I am in the city today though so I can get some printed! I am on exchange with Elder Heinricks from Alberta Canada! He is the Zone Leader here, an awesome missionary.  I'm glad you liked the pictures Mom.  It has been a great week, we have some good people to teach the gospel this week, it will be alot of fun.  I work with the members alot in the area and I was able to go on a few trade offs this week.  I have been blessed to have many experiences with the spirit this week using the Priesthood of God. We are so blessed to have the Priesthood of God is a blessing far beyond our level of understanding. The authority to bless the sick and dishearted is a great blessing. 

I have some great friends in this ward, Bro. Mowser, Bro. Maaka, Biship Tohiariki, Bro. and Sis. Halbert. I always have great relationships with the members for some reason.  Everyday is knock knock knock here.  I'm excited for the blessings that will come because of patience.

This week I was able to attend a Melchezidek Priesthood Fireside where a man Henewini (Selwyn) Jones spoke. (look him up on the internet, he is basically new zealands John Bytheway.) He is so awesome. He spoke on Covenants and the Priesthood.  In Exodus we learn about how covenants were made.  The covenants were made through a sacrifice, (our covenants are made by the sacrifice of Christ and also the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit) by taking an unblemished animal usually a lamb . And when the lamb was sacrificed, the covenant was made.  And where there is a covenant there is a penalty for breaking the covenant.  When they made covenants they promised God to keep the covenant and receive the penalty for breaking it if they broke the promise. Well the penalty for breaking the covenant was that what they did to sacrifice the animal would happen to them. Crazy huh? Well we learn that when Judas, Christ's apostle broke the covenant and betrayed Jesus, he was hung and his insides spilled out (just like the animal used for the sacrifice).  Crazy! Our covenants are so serious. 

 Then He talked about the Priesthood and took us to the Doctrine and covenants and also Timothy in the bible where it talks about perilous times.  He said that the Priesthood of God could stop an atomic bomb, a pandemic, a plague, a war even if we SANCTIFY OURSELVES then he gave ten points to sanctify ourselves.  1. Morning and evening prayers individual and family. 2. Live worthy of the companionship of the holy ghost by keeping all commandaments 3. Maintain love trust and understanding, and also support in the family unit 4. Maintain positive thoughts actions and conversation, anger will drive the holy ghost and it will take a long time to get it back. 5. Keep fit and healthy with regular exercise and good eating and sleeping habits. 6. Stand in holy places and accept counsel from leaders 7. Be involved daily in missionary work 8. Live the word of wisdom to the fullest and maintain high moral standard, be honest and true. 9. have short and long term goals. work and save to achieve them. 10. Renew Covenants weekly and keep the sabbath day holy.  (sorry two more :) 11. Give service regularly. 12. Regular temple attendance.  Remember, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to sanctify ourselves and get in the habit of these twelve things but we are promised to be so powerful in the priesthood that we can use it to heal the sick, and even raise the dead and help the blind to see and even move mountains.  If we can exercise faith enought to sanctify ourselves and keep all the commandments removing ourselves from the world, we have faith enought to move mountains!

It is great to hear from you mom, please give this message to the whole family for family night tonight.

That is so awesome Trevan is up on the wakeboard now! :) And Jessica can take my spot (and my life jacket if she makes it smell good :) on the boat at lake powel only if she promises to do a 360 backflip aeriel on the wakeboard and sends me a picture of it :) hahahaha, nah! Jokes. Go have fun Jessica! I hope you all have a great trip to lake powell send me pictures okay???  It sounds like you are all doing great! Brooklyn congrats on lead Cello.  Girls keep staying beautiful! :)

Sorry time is short.
I love you all with all my heart, might mind and soul.

Love Elder Cottle

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