8/5/2015 (week 40/104)

Ciao Tutti!

I wish I had a bunch of new things to share but I totally don’t!!! The only new thing is that we were passed a new investigator from the Sorelle and he is doing INSANE progress. Seriously, I have never seen so much potential and so much desire in any other investigator for the span of my entire mission up to this point. His name is Antonio and he wants more than anything in the world to change and become a better person! YEAH! He wants to get baptised too! YEAH! Good progressions here…

Cultural Bit: Up here in the far north there is a political movement called LegaNord that wants to split off northern Italy from southern, and make their own nation called Padania. Its a rather big movement. Who knows! Oh, and Varese is one of their headquarters. ._.

Spiritual Bit: Everyone knows the parable that Jesus told about the talents and the servants who kept the talents while the master was away.

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

(Matthew 25:14-29)

The most common interpretation of that parable that I have heard, and almost exclusively, is that the Lord gives us gifts and talents, abilities if you will, and expects us to grow them and use them or he will take them away. While this is completely true, I wish to point out a different interpretation.

As humans here on this earth we are given a wonderful opportunity to live. Our Spirits are the same as they were in the pre-mortal life, but here we can grow even more. We can change our personality, behaviors, dispositions, desires, everything with help from the Lord’s atonement. God gives us a few talents, a life, and He expects that we expand upon it. He wants to see if we will take the person that He has given us and change ourselves. Will we change our character and our desires? Will we not only change our talents, but will we take this opportunity to change our lives? I know that if we do then we will show up to the master at that final day and he will say to us: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

I conclude that the talents are so much more than just gifts or abilities, but is our very nature and soul. If we don’t stop our own progress here in this life but try to multiply what we have I know that we will make our Father proud, and be able to live with Him again as joint-heirs in Christ. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Tante belle cose,
Anziano Squire

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