Tuesday, July 24, 2012


While I have served in the Shelby/CutBank/Chester area of the Montana, Billing Mission, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Elder and Sister Reber, a Senior Missionary couple working in Cut Bank. They are both really awesome! Elder Reber likes to play chess, and he is really good, too. He plays chess against computers on their hardest settings for fun. And wins. One time after creaming both Elder Uppencamp and me at chess, he started to teach us a little about what we did wrong, and how to play chess better. Here is some of the advice that he gave:
  • He told us that if you can get your opponent scared of you, you may already have won. When you get scared of your opponent, you start second-guessing yourself, you lose your confidence, and you can't focus well.
  • You have to let go of whatever mistakes you make. If you mess up, don't focus on it. If you keep dwelling on it, and it will distract you from whats going on. Put it behind you and move forward.
  • You have to focus on what your opponent is doing. Concentrate on the game, and stay one step ahead of them.
  • You need to be confident and play smart. You need to make good moves, and believe they will work.
  • If it starts looking like you aren't going to win, keep playing. Hold on until the end. As you do that, you will start learning more about the game, figuring things out, and you will start getting better. You may even be able to turn things around and win!
As he was teaching us this, I realized that we could not only apply his advice to chess, but we could use it in our lives, in our own personal battles with temptation! We need courage and confidence as our morals are matched with the declining standards of the world. Repent, and let go of the mistakes you make, and do better next time. Know Satan's tricks, and stay one step ahead of him. And when things look hopeless and discouraging, don't give up. Endure to the end! If you try to remember these things as you are tempted, Satan won't be able to checkmate you, and you will be able to win!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My First Blog Entry

Well, my blog is finally up and running! I'm sure that many of you have been anxious for the creation of my blog(especially you, Mom), and I apologize for the wait.
I can't think of a better way to begin than by sharing an experience that happened to me while on the plane from Utah to Montana. I had finished my time at the Missionary Training Center and was going to Billings, Montana to begin serving there. I had a window seat in the very back of the plane, just looking out at the many mountains we were passing over. We had been flying for some time. Suddenly, the Captain announced over the speaker that we were beginning our descent into Billings, Montana. Right then, I felt the impressions of the Spirit. I felt comfort and encouragement, like it was telling me that going on a mission was the right thing for me, and that if I trust in the Lord, I will do all that I need to do.
Many missionaries get fancy plaques that show where they are going and a scripture that inspires them. I got one, and my scripture is 3 Nephi 5:13. It says "Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." This is the scripture I chose because that is my goal. I want to be a diciple of Christ and declare the gospel to all who are willing, so they may have everlasting life.
I know that I am supposed to be out here serving a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that if I try my best, I will be able to help many people. And I will try to do that through this blog!