“. . . teach them an everlasting hatred against sin and iniquity.”

Tell us about your week.

We know you were excited about the late-notice transfers. How did that go?
That would actually be, early notice transfers. They knew with the same amount of time, we just gave them 5 days before normal.
They went fantastic. We called on Tuesday night. We just talked for a moment with them and then said. “Elders o Hermanas, we have some news for you. Elder so and so, you are leaving. Elder so and so you are staying. Any questions.” This was normally followed by a moment of processing silence and then “What? Changes? are you joking? now?Wait, why?
It was way good.
Elder Ascanio and I stay together for another change.

How was the visit from Elder Oaks?
Good. Way good. He is different in person then in conference. A little shorter then I thought and for some reason even more bald then I thought. But very apostolic. Given the chance I have had to be around several of them. It is incredible that despite their personal differences in ways of speaking, experience and other such factors. The spirit that comes with them is always the same.

What are the three or four most important things you picked up from him?
Revelation. Is something of effort. Of meditation and of study. The more revelation we recieve then the more we will have to do the next time to get revelation. In other words, the more you know the more is expected. Pretty simple, at the same time, the reminder is always good.
He said. If somebody asks you what the difference between our church and others is, you should tell them. We are followers of Christ. Not just believers. Following this he cited Mosiah 4:10
10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.
great scripture. We are first and formost followers of Christ. We should seek to do those things which have been asked of us
He said the three keys to be active after the mission are these three things. 1, go to church every week 2, partake of the sacrament 3, have a calling.
It was just fantastic. I would write more but my time is almost up.

Tell us about a principle of the gospel that you (the plural you, meaning you and/or your companion) taught that an investigator knew was true even though it was new to them.
We taught the word of wisdom to a lady that loves her coffee. She told us that there were some things that she felt she needed to leave behind before she could be baptized. When we taught the word of wisdom it became evident that it is one of the things that she feels she needs to leave. However, she has felt it from before we taught it.

But in general it is a cultural thing that people say. “No I don’t say that it isn’t true. I think it is probably true but it is your truth. I already have my belief.” It is a real pain sometimes helping them to see that they are wrong. Because they are, of course, wrong. There aren’t multiple truths. Anyway, it is alright. We just try to help them feel the spirit. Read, pray and go to church and all of their questions get answered and their false beliefs get replaced by true ones almost without them noticing.

The only bad thing that happened this week was that on the bus ride back from Viña I accidenty left my hymnal (not that big of a deal, they are very cheap) but I also left two small black books where I have recorded spiritual impressions for when I was doing temple prep before the mission. That would include also, all of my spiritual notes from the MTC, from some conferences, answers to prayers and other such things. It was a very big loss and I am sad. However, there is no time to really worry about it and there isn’t a good way of getting it back.

All in all it was a good week. The title of my email comes from my favorite scripture of the week from Alma 37:32. If we develop a hate of sin. Where we truly hate it, I think that life goes better. I also think that we learn to hate sin as we learn to recognize constantly the spirit; and when we sin and it goes away, we begin to hate sin and its consequences.

So quit sinning and live happier. 🙂
I love you all

Elder Tonkinson

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