Monday, February 18, 2013

Blog Email - 1.18.13

This week was awesome! Just a little update here in Edmond, Oklahoma. It snowed this week and then the next day it was 73 degrees....talking about crazy weather. So on Tuesday we had to all stay in the whole day. Got to work out a bunch so that was good. Felt good to run 13 miles on the treadmill...sike. But then the rest of the week seemed like it flew by. So many people are changing out here that we get to meet. Its amazing to watch the hand of the Lord in everything we do as His children. By the way, as I am writing this I am listening to an EFY song. I'll post the link, so GOOD. Listen to the first song called glorious. 

So I know I always talk about this and its pretty cliche, but why not talk about a God of miracles. I attest that He is a God of miracles and that He has ALL power and that if we will exercise faith in Jesus Christ, things will happen that we wouldn't otherwise be able to explain without the knowledge of a loving Father in Heaven. You know me and Elder Byrd actually had a good talk with a lady this week. The spirit was so strong and its amazing how much I was taught by the spirit in this instance. This lady expressed a concern that she hadn't had an answer from her prayer years and years back and that she was still waiting for it and finally gave up and believes that God doesn't answer prayers. You know, I felt terrible for her, my heart was sad! Then we began talking and I had the sudden light go on. I realized once again that sometimes God will not answer our prayers the way we want Him to. Sometimes, He will allow us to make our own decision, so that we can learn from our mistakes and reach back to Him for help when we really need it. That's the only way to grow, thats why He gave us the freedom to choose. We will always fall short, but He has provided His Son for a way to get right back up. His arm will always be outstretched towards us, but we need to reach back and grab His and hang on. I promise that God ALWAYS answers prayers, we must pray for the ability to recognize the answer when we get it and be patient and faithful, realizing that He really is in control of every aspect and detail in our lives. He loves us.

Speaking about love, I know I am always talking about love...who would of thought Oklahoma would do that to me, but i also had a really good discussion with this girl we were teaching about the Book of Mormon. This girl is so amazing, she has such a strong faith in Jesus Christ and it really proves that there are so many good people in the world today, its not as bad as the news makes it seem. Anyways, we were talking about the Bible and somehow we got into a discussion about what our favorite Bible Passages were. I am obsessed with 1 John chapter 4 (if you haven't read it, go read it). This chapter is one of the best scripture about what love is. We then got talking about how confused the world is with what love is and what lust is. Everyone throws out love like its nothing and so sometimes we get confused about what really love is. Love is the fact that God gave His only begotten son for us. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might alive through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he aloved us, and bsenthis Son to be the cpropitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:9-10) Truly God loves us. His love is pure and sometimes our "love" isnt so pure, in fact its lustful. We read in Moroni 7 that Charity/Love is the PURE love of Christ. I would argue that the reason that we as a society have so much sexual sin and so much confusion about love and lust is because we don't understand God, and we don't know who He is and what He is like, but most importantly we don't know of the love He has for us.  "He that loveth not aknoweth not God; for God is love." (1 John 4:8). How can we give something we don't know or don't have? If we don't know God, and if God is love, then how can we truly love if we don't know God? It's impossible. As this society grows further and further away from God, we will continue to see so much sexual sin and transgression. The root of it is the ignorance about God and the love He has for us. My point is that as we get closer to God, and as we develop a better relationship with Him, our capacity to truly love others will increase and multiply. I can attest to that. The pure love of Christ is something that we can be overcome with. It can posses us, we don't posses it. Do what Moroni counsels and you will be filled with this love " line upon line, precept upon precept" "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shallcbe like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may bedpurified even as he is pure. Amen."(Moroni 7:48).

Its the best feeling ever. I just had an aha moment while talking to her. It was cool. Love is all we need. The greatest commandments are Love God and Love thy Neighbor. There's a reason Jesus told us those were the two greatest commandments. :) 

I love you all!! I love serving my Creator and my Redeemer! There is nothing better than being good and obedient!! That is where true happiness stems from!! Follow the Lord and choose the right and remember that God is a God of miracles. Remember!!

Love Always,

Elder Cutler

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