Monday, February 16, 2015

Volcanoes and Temples!

Hello family and friends!
 
Volcan de Agua and Volcan de Fuego
Volcanoes erupting make for great examples. So here in Guatemala we have the volcán de Fuego and the volcán de Agua. Agua is dormant and does nothing, but recently Fuego has been quite active. Just yesterday we saw it erupt twice. It's far away and the wind was going the other direction, so we weren't affected, but we could definitely see the ash cloud. In Stake Conference yesterday President Roberts of the temple presidency made an example of us as members and the volcanoes. Do we want to be like Agua and just sit there inactive, doing nothing but being forgotten, or do we want to be seen, belching ash and fire, like Fuego, letting the world know that we have the truth, and that the whole world needs what we have? A good question.

Volcan de Fuego doing its thing
He also gave a really awesome analogy of the importance of the temple. The church without the temple is like a new car without a motor. It can have all the best options: the best wheels, the best speakers, chrome dash, leather seats, built in GPS, etc. But without a motor, it serves for nothing. Likewise, a church can have all the best options: beautiful chapels, great organizations for youth, adults and children, tithing that supports and builds the church, international relations, etc. But without the temple and the saving ordinances performed within, it would be like a new car without a motor; pretty, but pointless. The temple is the motor of the church. Through the temple, and only through the temple, we as a church and the Saints of God have the ability to get to our final destination; the Celestial Kingdom. 

The temple is extremely important. It is what sets us apart from all the other churches and gives it purpose. But we can be a part of the church, and still not use the motor. A car is also useless if you don't turn on the motor that you do have. So don't waste your time in getting to the temple, use the motor that the Lord has provided and
get back to His presence.

With Love,

Elder Benjamin Jackson



Dear family,
Seriously though, don't worry about the volcano. It really is far away.
Also yes Valentine's Day is a thing here. It originated from San Valentin, a Catholic saint. They call it Día de Amor or Día de Cariño here usually though. 
How much mail I receive really depends on the day. It's okay for anyone to send me emails.

Love you guys!

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