Pushed Back Again

March 6, 2017

This week has been great. We have been praying and fasting (which we all know I am not the best at fasting), to find new and more people to teach. We’ve have found a ton of solid people, but we had to give them to the Wakarusa elders because they don’t live in our area. Sigh. We got to keep some, because they are too old to be given to the ysa elders, and just barely in our area. Yay!

Robert was getting baptized last week, but their has been some issues we are figuring out in the ward, so we had to push it back to the end of the month. He showed up again wearing his suit and was able to stay for all 3 hours of 8:30 am church with out having too bad back pains. He is a trooper and he loved it and asked if he could come back next week. I freaking love Robert, such a good guy. He wants to loose weight, so he invited us to workout with him this Wednesday, so we are going to hit the weights with him, It’s going to be pretty cool.
Something President McCusition asked me a couple nights ago on a call was this.
“Why didn’t the savior run away from the garden of Gethsemane?” He had a 500 yd dash and he would be in a wilderness that he knew better than anyone else. He could disappear and the disciples would have ended the bible with this kind of account.
“And we awoke, and we knew not where he was. We searched the garden, returned to the upper room, and searched his favorite places, and we couldn’t find him. We went back to the garden and found a set of footprints in the sand leading into the wilderness and we followed them, but they disappeared and we couldn’t follow them. We have to assume the father took up his son, not letting him suffer a violent death. He did everything he could, and God took up his son before he could be tortured a violent death. Now we know the love of God, and assume the master was translated.”
Why didn’t Jesus, a innocent, perfect man, run from a punishment that he didn’t deserve?
I want to hear your responses, and I’ll right my answer next week, but know God is there and Jesus christ never ran and is here to save you, in such an intimate way, because the atonement wasn’t some generalized act to save all man kind, but it was a personal atonement, one that christ felt and suffered for each and everyone. He had temptations, but he suffered and choose to follow his Father.
Elder Candland

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