Justice is the unchanging law that brings consequences for actions

MLC - June

Mission Leadership Council

Well, this has been a week. So the start of the week I picked up Elder McLeish and he is from Idaho. My first Idaho companion!! And the last. So he likes to do sports and all that good stuff. He reads stuff. He said anything outdoors is good stuff.

So we had a pretty alright week so far. We spent most of the time out finding on the street because people kept dropping appointments. But it has been good so far. We have found a few new people that we are hoping to see again. So this week we also had our MLC in Edinburgh. It was pretty good.  The first 3 discussions were about personal revelation and how we are following the spirit and not just following ourselves. Then we had a pretty good chat on Our Purpose and how it is supposed to change us. Then Elder and Sister Thompson spoke to us about where are our Anchors. They shared the scripture in Ether 12: 4 “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.”  So they shared that and spoke about what really is our anchors. There are really two that should be: One is Jesus Christ and the second would be the first vision with Joseph Smith. Then after lunch we went to Arthur’s Seat or as we call it Pratt’s Hill. We climbed to the top and had a council on how to prepare the mission for the new mission president. It was pretty great. So then we made our nice trip back down the hill and finished the meeting and off we were back to the faraway land of Aberdeen. When we got back we then had our Zone meeting with the District Leaders and shared everything we learned with them.  Now we are hoping that it gets to all the missionaries and we’ll have a great transfer.

This week has been well teaching Tunde and she has loved reading the Book of Mormon. The other day she read Alma 42 which talks about Justice and Mercy, she was a bit confused so we did our best to explain these two eternal laws. It’s a pretty hard concept to understand when we haven’t learned too much about it. But Elder Packer gives a great parable about the two laws and how they both are full filled through Jesus Christ. In scriptural terms, justice is the unchanging law that brings consequences for actions. Because of the law of justice, we receive blessings when we obey God’s commandments. The law of justice also demands that a penalty is paid for every sin we commit. When the Savior carried out the Atonement, He took our sins upon Himself. He was able to “answer the ends of the law” (2 Nephi 2:7) because He subjected Himself to the penalty that the law required for our sins. In doing so, He “satisfied the demands of justice” and extended mercy to everyone who repents and follows Him (see Mosiah 15:9; Alma 34:14-16). Because He has paid the price for our sins, we will not have to suffer that punishment if we repent (see D&C 19:15-20). So explaining this was a bit hard but there was a great talk from the last conference that was able to answer her question. That was a lot easier than trying to explain it to her. I’m so grateful for General Conference. They always have the answers. Well, so far we are looking at it being a good week. I’m going to try to get up to Rita this week hopefully. We have become pretty busy with a lot of appointments so we’ll see. Well, I think I’ll get to more of the reflection part of the mission when I get down to my very last week. Still, got a few weeks left still got a lot to learn because every experience is a learning opportunity. So I have been practicing and it’s getting a bit better.

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