Van Gogh Forth With Faith

This past week has been different since we lost an elder. His former companion joined us, and we operated as a trio. It may have been slightly more intimidating with not two, but THREE Mormons at the door. Wednesday is transfers, though, so we’ll be back to normal soon enough.

I probably should have brought a jacket with me. It hasn’t been cold, but it’s been quite wet the past few days. But I found a worn jacket in the closet, so that’s mine for the time being. I can probably patch up the tears in it at some point.

Anyway, other than that, it’s been a rather uneventful week. Uneventful meaning most of our appointments fell through. On the bright side, we found a couple of new solid potential investigators.

It’s become clearer and clearer recently how integral member missionary work is to the Work in general. People are far more likely to listen to their friends than to a couple of strangers with nametags. Invite your neighbors to meet with you and the missionaries at the same time. Productive team-ups are highly effective.

And to those of you who are planning on serving missions:
Remember to be righteous, and remember the dignity of your calling. You aren’t coming out here to say that you did it, you’re doing it to serve the Lord. You are here to help others to see the good that comes of living a Christlike life. In order to do that, you have to be living your own life in as Christlike a fashion as possible. It will make you the most effective missionary you can be.

“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated–
And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

–D&C 130: 20-21

We live in a world that is gradually moving from governed to turbulent. Consider Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. Mathematically, those swirls tumbling through that night sky are considered a perfect example of the principle of turbulence. As the world moves ever further from the ways of God, there is eventually an absence of what society would consider right or wrong. Tolerance of the beliefs of others is golden; we all have our agency, and are free to make whatever choices we will. But as disciples of Jesus Christ, to accept everything as “good” from a relative standpoint is to permit anarchy. Some things truly are black and white. Turbulence is beautiful in paintings, but as a loss of standards spreads throughout the world like oil in water, or like each spot of paint in Starry Night does through the sky, it is important to stand in holy places and be not moved. Move to higher ground, and make your stand there.

Anyway, I guess that’s about it. Forgive me if the mathematical turbulence thing wasn’t the right example.

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