Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Far Far Away.. The Misty Mountains Call. For Frodo.. And For Narnia.

Mom there is no more salad dressing.
Ohhh I find that hard to believe.

Today for P day we went out to the misty mountains of Trento did a hike... we all did not bring jackets.. there was no sun while we were hiking and there was lots of wind high up in the mountains.. When we started to come back down.. the sun came out. It is really nice and pretty up here.. I might as well be in Middle Earth. The bus got canceled and did not come.. so we are stuck up in a cool restaurant that is kind of like a ranch restaurant place.

Our investigator who was supposed to be baptized last weekend is not going to be baptized in this moment. He lost his phone making it hard to meet with him.. and when we fix an appointment with him.. he is not reliable at coming to the appointment. He still wants to be baptized.. but he is whiffing out at this point a bit.. So hopefully that happens sometime soon.

Anziano Gailees family came to Trento with him and Anziano Gailee.. We went out to lunch and got some gelato.. it was pretty dang nice and good.. Anziano Gailee burned a coin into Anziano Binghams skin, for 20 seconds, for a 35 euro cord. He has a huge part of the flesh of his arm gone. He is definitely going to have a scar.. especially because he wont treat it properly because he does not want to spend money on the things he would need to get to take care of it... irony.... Anziano Gailees mom saw his arm and Anziano Gailee told her what happened.. and she started freaking out.
Little brothers.. do not be instigating or instigated on your missions...

In the gospel there are quite a few opposite paradoxes... For example.. Man is nothing.. yet God spends all his time bringing about the eternal life of man.. hence man is worth something... Funny things and ideas like that. I think sometimes people find one of these.. and without investigating it properly.. they come to their own conclusion.. and use that as an excuse to forget about a lot of other ideas and principles etc. When we don't see things as the full picture.. and we take something and warp it and try to make it look bad.. it may end up looking weird. I promise you the gospel makes sense and that it all adds up and works.. if you are claiming something is not right.. maybe one of these.. I would invite you to check it out again.. ignorance is not really an excuse..
Ignorance is expensive; in fact, it is the most expensive commodity we know anything about.

Certainly we make many mistakes through ignorance. If it is a violation of a commandment of God which we have never received and thus do not know, then the Lord does not hold us guilty of the sin. “… to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17.) And in Paul’s words, “… where no law is, there is no transgression.” (Rom. 4:15.) But even though we may not be guilty of the sin because of our ignorance, neither can we receive the blessing, which is predicated on obedience, without rendering obedience to that law. Therefore, we are denied the blessing through our ignorance. If it is a traffic law we have violated through ignorance, the penalty assessed us is exactly the same as if we had known. Also, if we stick a finger in an electric light socket, we will receive the same shock, irrespective of our knowledge of electricity. I repeat, ignorance is expensive. Particularly is this true since the Lord has decreed, “It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.” (D&C 131:6.) For surely no man is truly enlightened unless he knows the Lord.

Kevin I am going to give you about five seconds to take your junk off my scrabble board.

With Love,
Anziano Gridley

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