Do You Love Me?

Posted By Elder Dakota Summers on Sep 7, 2017 | 0 comments


Hey everyone! Nothing much happened this week it was pretty bland. Labor Day was pretty sweet, we bought a bunch of Kool-aid bursts and lemonade and went to the park and handed out free drinks and tried talking to people but nothing much came from it besides a ton of left over Kool-aid. We didn’t really have anything out of the ordinary as far as knocking doors, just a typical week. 

I came across a talk in the October 2012 general conference called “The First and Great Commandment” by Elder Jeffery R. Holland. He talked about the story of Peter and the apostles after the crucifixion of Christ and how they went right back to fishing.

The message that I took away from it was that through life we have points where we are walking with Christ, we are doing the things he has asked us to do, we follow the commandments, we read our scriptures, we go to church, we pray, we do all these things and life is great!

But what happens when a trial comes? What do you do? Are you one to still follow the things we have been commanded to do? Or do you find yourself like Peter, who once something happens you stray a bit, you tend to go “fishing” or back to your old ways.

The thing I have learned is that when we have made the commitment to be baptized and we have taken upon ourselves the title of a disciple, we are promising to God that we will follow him and the path Christ set for us, to stand as witnesses through our actions and words.

3 Nephi 5:13 says “Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”

Each of us have that commission, to follow Christ and to declare his word, to help them in times of need, to do what God has Commanded us to do. And the Greatest commandment is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37, 39)

I hope each of you keep in mind the conversation Christ had with Peter when he asked him 3 times the same question, “Do you love me?” (John 21:15-17) put yourself in his shoes and think, ‘if the savior came to me and asked me that question, could I say with full heartedness, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.’ (John 21:16)”

I know this church is true, I know that God has a work for all of us to do and he calls us to do this work everyday. I pray that you seek guidance from the spirit and help in your lives to align your will with God’s and you act upon the promptings you receive, by acting on them is how we show our love for God and others.

I love all of you so much and I hope and pray that everyone stays safe and has a wonderful week!

Love,

Elder Summers

I caught a toad while we were helping someone build a house!

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