|E;der and Sister Malmrose, Elder and Sister Vinson, President and Sister Robison, and Patrick Appianti along with the 101 missionaries of the 47th group of missionaries we have trained.|
The November 26th Group of missionaries, 101 in number, gathered to hear Elder and Sister Vinson today. Sister Vinson masterfully demonstrated the use of every day items to be employed as object lessons in teaching from time to time. She started with pure water versus muddy water, then used a glove, a torch (flash light), an apple, tooth paste, a toothbrush, and a cell phone as examples that missionaries could use and asked them what lesson could they teach using these items. It was fascinating to learn the insights that missionaries thought of.
Then Elder Vinson taught by building upon these object lessons and opened up key scriptures to the understanding of the missionaries. He first asked about three lessons the brethren have stressed in teaching about the Sabbath:
1. Exodus 33:16,17 - The Sabbath is a perpetual covenant, a sign unto the Lord of our devotion
2. Isaiah 58:13 - The Sabbath is a delight. It is not about "us," it is about him.
3. Section 59 :9,10 - A day to pay our devotions to God, to keep ourselves unspotted from the world
He then taught a great lesson that should be applied to our missions, found in Galatians 5:17 - "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." You will be asked this question every day of your missions...who will win - the Flesh or the Spirit. (See also Mosiah 3:19)