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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ch-Ch-Changes!


Yup.  It was time for some Spring cleaning--I revamped the blog.  I hope you like the new layout and new face of what was previously "He Hath Filled Me With His LOVE", now A Christian's Mormon Mission
Turn and face the strange!

It's been a time of change for me as a missionary and as a person.  I've come to a new area (Sebastopol, California), I'm with a new companion (Elder Darion Bevan, who was actually my first companion!), and I've got new responsibilities.  I'm visiting new people, driving to new places, and trying new things.  It's all been a whirlwind affair, but it's been great. 

I really like what Thomas S. Monson, a prophet of God, has said about change.  He sums it up really well:

At one time or another we’ve all heard some form of the familiar adage: “Nothing is as constant as change.”

Throughout our lives, we must deal with change. Some changes are welcome; some are not. There are changes in our lives which are sudden, such as the unexpected passing of a loved one, an unforeseen illness, the loss of a possession we treasure. But most of the changes take place subtly and slowly.
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Day by day, minute by minute, second by second we went from where we were to where we are now. The lives of all of us, of course, go through similar alterations and changes. The difference between the changes in my life and the changes in yours is only in the details. Time never stands still; it must steadily march on, and with the marching come the changes. (General Conference, October 2008, emphasis added)

I've thought a lot recently about the changes I've made as a missionary and especially as an individual these last 18 months.  I think about who I was, what got under my skin, what I liked, what my thoughts were back then compared to now and I have to stop and thank God for the help He's given me.  Like he says, the changes have come slowly, almost imperceptibly, but they have come.  I know that there are lots more changes to come in my life, especially when I get tossed back into the "real world" when my time as a missionary is through, but that's OK!  I know that with the changes come the blessings.  Sometimes they're hidden, sometimes they don't come right away, but if we are trying our best and leaving to God the rest, we'll come out alright in the end.

Life changes.  Things change.  People change.  The world changes.  God's love never changes.  And for all the changes that do happen, I'm thankful for that constant. 

Much Love,

Elder Spendlove

5 comments:

  1. And how precious and perfect is the Love of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that he should send two of my Brothers in Christ to serve Him and save Our Family from its wreckless direction and set us upon our straight and narrow path and right direction? How blessed we truly are to have this Love for each other, and to know His Love..... (:

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  2. You are so funny. Did my comment that day have anything to do with this new name?

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  3. @Sis. Mortensen: YES! Haha, I waited so long and finally I did change it. Glad you like it! (I was in Vallejo again this morning, just FYI... :} )

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  4. A wise man said, "If we choose to follow Christ, we choose to change". I'm so grateful for the Atonement of Christ that allows me to repent and change for the better. Keep up the great work!

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  5. love it. and I love the man you're talking about! Thank goodness for the Atonement that urges us on to better things every day!

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