Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Eh Up Me Duck - What Path Am I On?

Enter ye in at the *strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13-14 and also 3 Nephi 27:33

*The spelling of "strait" has significance.  The dictionary says it means narrow, righteous, strict, and difficult.
"Gate" is baptism, and "the way" refers to following the teachings of the gospel by keeping the commandments. 

Today, before the reflections on this scripture, I first want to send everyone a greeting, "Eh up me duck!"  Thanks to all of you who check in on the blog to see what we've been up to. 

Some dear friends gave us this duck with, "Eh up me duck," on it.  Some people say, "Ey" in other areas.  Haven't heard that since leaving Stoke Ward.  I miss them.  No one calls us ducks here.  That's okay, they show us love in other ways and kind words.  The "ey" may have come from "easy up," which is an old riding term.
The sweet person who gave us this is the first one who called us "duck."   It basically means, "Hello, dear friend," or "Hello, mate, (everything going good?"  or . . . "Urarite?"  (are you all right?)
Going up the straight, narrow and muddy path
This one seems to be leading down into the street
There are many more paths as I look outside our kitchen window.  We had no window in our last apartment, so we missed a lot of what was going on.  We can see people with their dogs out on the moors, lots of cars and buses going by taking people places, and many people about their business as they walk past our window.  It is nice to have broader vision.  Looking out the window each day tells me if it is raining or sunny.  I am better prepared when I walk out the door to withstand whatever nature is going to throw at me that day.  Once I'm outside, I have so many choices on where to go.  Yesterday, I chose to follow a path that took me down to near destruction.  Today, I decided to stick to the sidewalk at least until my body is up to exploring a bit more cautiously next time.  It does matter what path we choose in life.  We must keep our eyes wide open, be informed, and be sure the path is one that takes us to our ultimate goal--Eternal Life.  If a person is not sure what path he or she is on and needs more information on how to return to God, contact a local missionary by either checking in on mormon.org, calling a local LDS ward, or put a sign on your door, "LDS missionaries welcome."  (Ha, ha, that last part is a joke but it might work.)

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