Wednesday, April 8, 2015

99 Red Balloons Go By... As your Super Soldier Smiles Slyly

Dear Family and Friends,

Updates on the three muskateer bap dates:
  • Elisabetta is good.. I think. She has been sick the last two weeks.. and hence have not been able to see her yet. She is an amazing woman however.. and we are not super worried yet. Hopefully she gets better soon.. so we can meet with her.
  • William is doing good. We have met with him quite a bit.. and he came to three of the four sessions of General Conference at the church. We talked to him about the Word of Wisdom.. which he has a bit of a problem with. The lesson Anziano Delgado and I agreed was maybe a little too easy. We have high hopes and he is progressing.. Time will tell.
  • Tino is a bit awol. We called him a bit ago.. and he told us he is super super busy.. and that he will call us when he is less busy. Which is not what we wanted to hear... hopefully he gets less busy so we can meet with him.

Anziano Delgado and I are doing really good though. We are doing some new things for finding a bit.. that have been working pretty good. To explain how we work well together... Imagine that every missionary copia.. is a lightsaber.. God is the Jedi Master... Anziano Delgado and I are a curved lightsaber. God is a Jedi Master... he knows how to use curved lightsabers.. and will bring about his own work and glory.

Anziano Delgado and I are done with chess.. at least for the moment. 

We technically won against the Italians last week. They were all about 14/15.. so its not like a huge accomplishment.. but it was cool cause.. even though I was taking it a little easy.. because I was starting to get an ingrown toenail... I could run pretty much endlessly.. while even not trying overly. 
I am not patient enough for soccer. I learned that you are not allowed to kick other peoples legs in soccer.... Like If someone is going to move the ball out of where it was.. and I kick your leg where the ball was.. I figure we are even... anyways. I kicked Anziano Delgado's feet trying to get the ball.. and kicked his feet out from under him and made him fly in the air a bit... He was ok. I don't have the patience for soccer.. and don't care enough about it to be any kind of passionate about it.. but it was fun playing against some of the youth.
what the heck.. lame rule.  

General Conference was sooo good. Almost every talk in this last Conferance was what I call... A High Light Talk. Which means it is a really good talk... probably one talk each session was not a High Light Talk.. but every other talk was.. which is really good. I invite you to go watch it if you haven't. As missionaries here with the ward.. we watched one session.. and three  I need to watch the last session sometime when I can. 
Some people like to watch General Conference and do other things by going into it with a question.. or look for specific things that will change them.. for me this session.. (piu o meno) I just tried to let the talks become a part of me.. To change who I was... it is a bit hard to explain.. 
but if I were to watch it trying to get some stuff out of it.... Goodness they talked a lot about marriage and family. Which is important good things... but it brings up the topic of Super Saiyans (soldiers).

The church and God wants Super Soldiers.. as members and missionaries. To get married young if you can.. while at the same time.. don't get divorced later or mess up too bad etc. Not exactly easy to do.. and is a fine line. They want us to be in the world.. but not to become of the world.. or become defiled by the world. As missionaries we are kind of our like firefighters... going proprio into the fire at times and trying to pull people out.. while trying not to get burned. The church wants Super Soldiers.. which I am fine with and I love trying to become a better one. If you want to become a much better person and to become a Super Soldier.. if you live it right.. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is for you.

Elder Holland gave a talk that I liked. (Normally he hits home runs with his talks (only heard one talk of his that wasnt super good)). Focusing on a specific part.. there was a boy who was on a rock cliff that didn't have safety equipment.. that needed to jump at the last part for safety. If he didn't jump he would die.. and if wasn't clutch.. he would die. He jumped up high.. caught himself for a moment and would have slipped off and died.. but his younger brother grabbed his arms and saved his life. Elder Holland related it to life.. asking the question.. In life are we just meant to jump as high as we can and then fall to our death? 

If there is one thing we can learn from that.. even if you don't proprio believe in the church.. If you are going to jump (and you should).. make sure you try to jump as high as you can. If you get saved by your brother great.. if you fall to your death.. well at least you jumped high (I highly recommend looking long term and letting Jesus Christ save you). God most of the time or outside forces (Job) (example.. job.. or the guy that gets cancer) is not going to stop you from living a happy life.. a life of doing wonderful things... of jumping as high as you can. If you are going to live a certain way.. at least be smart about it.

Find your happiness.. jump high... have a good life. As I said.. I recommend the gospel that will bless your life now and later.. but at least we should all try to jump high as high as we can. 
I invite you to jump as high as you can this week.

A great movie that I really like is The Edge of Tomorrow. Basically this guy is in a war.. (On a heavily heavily losing side) and every time he dies.. he wakes up at a certain time.. the day before. Hence.. giving him time to learn and to become a better soldier and help his side win the war. Through out this movie.. it is implied that he probably dies.. over a million times.. but every time he wakes up and can try again. I feel as Latter Day Saints with us trying to become Super Soldiers we in a way have this tool. We have the Atonement. That Jesus Christ suffered for our sins so that we can repent. That every week we can repent of our sins and become clean.. to start over. No matter how badly we die.. or how often. We can always restart and come unto God.. to repent. With Easter.. I would invite you to think of the Atonement and to use this valuable gift from Jesus Christ. It might help you win the war ;).

Life is good and bad.. In the end it is a little bit of what you make it... Make it good. I hope y'all had a good Easter and that you are able to find your purpose a little more during this Easter time.. 

Lets start over.

With Love,
Anziano Gridley

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