I'm back  

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I know I know there was another apostasy of blog writing and I apologize for that! But I'm back and doing great so I will be writing more starting a brand new dispensation of great blog writing as directed by the Spirit. As for now here is a little picture of where Eldorado IL is.

or to give you a broader picture as to where in IL it's located since this map probably doesn't help you out at all

Or in other words God loves to send me to places in the middle of nowhere, but that's just because He knows what I'll enjoy and where I work best!!! God knows me personally!

One of the most touching testimonies from a wonderful missionary! Elder Dye

""Elder Dye was a late talker." Said my mother. "He only said a few words until he was 3 years old and I tried to put shoes on him that were too small. He said 'Mommy, these shoes owie my feet'. I was shocked. He really could talk. He started speech 'therapy' in kindergarten and was doing quite well. The only problem was that he had a slight hesitation when he said certain things. He stopped speech in the fifth grade. He said it wasn't helping anymore and he didn't like missing classes."

For as long as I remember I have had trouble with my speech. I had the hesitation, or stutter, from a young age. My mother is right, I quit going to speech in the fifth grade because I thought it was a waste of time and didn't like missing class, but mainly because I did not like being the outcast in my class, having to leave to go learn how to speak like everyone else already did. So the hiding began. I began to substitute words that I could say for words that I thought I would stutter on. I got quite good at this. Actually really good at it. For a while my mother did not know that the stutter was a problem because I hid it from everyone. I hated being the outcast.

My mother continues".... read the rest of his story here.

Because My mommy asked me to  

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Today I figured I would simply post my testimony because like the title says "MY MOMMY ASKED ME TO" her words were "One of the most powerful things you have is your testimony. When in doubt bear it. My favorite blogs are yours and Elder Dyes because you do relate them to personal experiences so how do we overcome the Goliaths in our life?" So to answer my mother's question, I will simply bare my testimony!

To begin I'd like to say I dearly love each and everyone of you who read this. You bring joy to my heart, and I just hope the things I type and say might touch your heart, because I know that I simply type what is on my mind and in my heart. It is my hope and prayer that the Spirit will touch you as it touches me as I write. I know, without a shadow of a doubt that God has restored his church on the earth today through a Prophet. I know that Amos taught us so many years ago that this is how God works. That God works through his prophets, and I know that Joseph Smith is that Prophet that God has worked through for us today.

I also know that each of us can know "the truth all things by the power of the Holy Ghost." All these things I know because I initially had a desire to know. In this universal truth I hope that I can answer my mom's question, HOW DO WE OVERCOME OUR GOLIATHS. Desire is that answer. Such a simple word can take each and everyone of us to a new understanding of how God works.

It was Desire that Abraham had to follow the things that he was commanded to. It was desire that made Noah build a boat. It was Adam's desire to be able to multiply and replenish the earth and made him fall into his transgression. We too must have desire before anything can happen. Whether it's for the right or the wrong, the things we bring to pass come with desire. So it is my hope that we desire to do good. I know that if you truly desire to know if the things I have shared with you today are true than you can put these words into action:

"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."(Moroni 10:4-5)

I too would exhort each and every one of you to read the Book of Mormon and pray to our loving God and ask if the book is true. As you pursue this course with nothing wavering Moroni's promise will come to life for you and this I know to be true because I myself have taken this exact challenge to the test, I have solemnly read and prayed about the Book, and I can say for myself I know it is true. Let this be my witness to each and everyone of you that I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and you can to if you so desire. In other words I would like to add my testimony of the Book of Mormon to that testimony of the beloved Apostle of the Lord, Jeffrey R. Holland:

"I ask that my testimony of the Book of Mormon and all that it implies, given today under my own oath and office, be recorded by men on earth and angels in heaven.... I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days."

These are the things that I know to be true and I solemnly declare them in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ Amen

Answering more questions  

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Sorry I have been so slow to answer ya'll's questions, but I am back and todays entry will be a shorter one and if time allows I will expand if questions are unanswered. Someone who just finished the Miracle of Forgiveness was wanting to know the difference between being perfect and being worthy, and I think this is an amazing question that I will try to do justice so first. Worthy is being able to honestly answer the questions that are asked you in an interview with someone who holds greater authority. For those of you who this doesn't make sense to let me explain. Before someone is baptized they are given an interview to see if they are worthy or ready to take on this commitment to the lord. Someone who is worthy is someone who is capable of honestly standing up for those things that have been done. Perfection on the other hand isn't something we do it's a gift that as we live worthy we will ultimately be able to obtain through the Atonement of Christ. So to me the biggest difference is one is the way we act (WORTHY) and one is our gift because of how we act (PERFECTION)! hope that answered some concerns!

Answering YOUR questions Part 1!  

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"It is important to Do good, but we need to focus more on the Being good. We all need to make that inner change" 
-A quote from my aunt who posted on my facebook the other day. 

Today let us look at why this quote means so much to me!!! the other day I got in a car accident... That's new news ain't it!!! Well this is something very valuable I learned. You see I had always lived my life that "Image is everything, If I look good then it doesn't matter what I'm like on the inside.

View the image of this room which used to be exactly how I lived my life. You see I figured "No one saw the inside of my apartment so I didn't really care what it looked like. While this was the inside I made sure the outside looks flawless. I mean just look at this beauty!!!

But since the accident I've learned a very valuable lesson, It doesn't really matter what it looks like on the outside at all, what matters is whats on the inside! So to relate this back to the initial quote, we must remember that no matter how much we focus on the desire to "do good" we must never forget that we must BE GOOD. There is a fine line between showing that you are good and knowing within that you are Christlike. Strive in all things to be as Christ was!!!!

lost and confused  

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I never thought I'd be running out of ideas to write, but i've kinda recently hit a stumbling block. A goliath in my life. People help me. what do you want to hear about or see??? Your kind replies are well needed to fuel this blog to the next level!!!!

Accidents happen part 2  

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Another message from my mom read this and understand the power of prayer!!! I love Prayer!!

I know you realize just how blessed you really are.  I hope you realize that the entire world has rallied around you and Elder Corbridge in fasting and prayer.  I physically felt the sustaining peace and support of those prayers last week as we were getting ready for the wedding and so scared, but thankful about your condition.
So how are you really?  In church our prayer was that you have a full and complete recovery and you are able to continue with your mission responsibilities. 
Well of coarse I bore my testimony in church.  So did Brother Astle.  He was our high counsel representative.  He said that he has spent more time in the emergency room with you Mac then he has with his own kids!  He also testified of the power of the fast and said that you have an important mission here on earth. 
After the meeting a lady came up to me.  She said she was from Texas on vacation and she had been praying for you Elder Walker.  She was so happy to get your updates.  Yup, she is from the missionary moms group.  Elder Colbridges mom just joined the group too!  We are going to meet for lunch when Dad and I go to Utah and Idaho at the end of the month.
A couple of other faith promoting things:  Grandma Pahl was at home in Arizona and turned on the TV.  It was an evgelical minister, you know the kind that do those tv prayer shows.  She said there were two young missionaries from the LDS church who were involved in a terrible accident and to pray for thier recovery.  Grandma said that the show originated somewhere in Kentucky.  I have two Catholic friends.  One said she stayed up at night and said rosery for you.  Another did a morning mass in your honor. 
My point:  Prayer is universal.  Our kind Heavenly Father loves all of his children and allowed them to be touched by the needs of two servants of the Lord.  All denominations have joined in praying for you complete recovery.  Wow