Wednesday, June 29, 2011

29 June 2011 Letter (MTC)

Well, this week´s update is much shorter than last week´s, due to it no longer being my first week here, and only having to talk about Saturday through today.

Saturday, 25 June 2011
Today we received a new investigator, Gyula.  He is from Northeast Hungary.  He's in his 50's and has 5 children (2 sons and 3 daughters).  He lives here in Utah with his wife, while his five kids live in various cities back in Hungary.  He also works in a factory, reads the Bible, and prays regularly.

Sunday, 26 June 2011
Today was our second Sunday here.  We took a few light-saber pictures this morning, and then a lot more pictures on our temple walk this afternoon (it was sunny this time =D).  We had a combined priesthood and a combined sacrament meeting.  I've learned that they really like to use the same songs over and over here at the MTC, as we've sung "I Believe in Christ" and "Did You Think to Pray" three meetings in a row and "Called to Serve" in nearly every gathering!  The fireside tonight was very lively and entertaining.  The speaker was Stephen B Allen, who involved the audience throughout the entire devotional, as he talked of Satan pushing our buttons, being unafraid of repentance, and how little we've really given up to be here on our missions.  There was also a beautiful quartet sung by 4 Elders in harmony that ended up actually singing twice, with the rest of us humming along the second time.  The Priesthood combined meeting was given by Roger Conners who spoke of the gift of prayer and "Having our own 'Sacred Grove' every morning."  Lastly, we watched "The Testaments", a movie I've been wanting to see for some time now, and one that has been, and continues to be, one of my favorite church movies.

Monday 27 June 2011
We got another new investigator today: Andi.  She's 27, single, and knows a little about the church because she's been taking English lessons from the missionaries.  She wants to become a Biology major, and currently works at the zoo.  We only had 15 minutes to talk to her today, so we introduced ourselves, and gave/introduced her to the Book of Mormon.  We also had a 40 minute lesson with Gyula today.  He had a bunch of questions from reading the introduction, (which we asked him to commit to reading the previous lesson), and we were able to answer most of them.  I felt like that lesson went very well, that we definitely had the Spirit, and that it was by far the best in language and communication.  I think I finally caught up to Elder Swett in how often we speak during the lesson.  That part only added to the joy.  Also, on a side note, the second half of the cafeteria, and the gym, are both open to missionaries again.

Tuesday 28 June 2011
Today I received a letter from Heather that contained an uncommon, yet good scripture: 2 Peter 1:4-8.  Also, we had another devotional tonight, given by Elder William R Walker of the Seventy.  He spoke of the "Ten Keys to Being a Successful Missionary".

That's about it for this email.  Looks like I managed to include everything in this week's email (with three minutes to spare!) =D

Talk to you all next week!  

-Shipp Elder

Monday, June 27, 2011

27 June 2011 Letter (MTC)

Sorry this week’s blog post is a bit late.  There was a miscommunication with some of the other companionships, resulting in us arriving to our 30 minute session, and me being journal-less.  But, while the sharing of my experiences may be a little later, it does not at all change what has happened.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Today has been the hardest day yet.  We spent over 10½ hours in the classroom, and even though we learned the most today, I feel completely overloaded.  We taught our first lesson today to Joszef.  The lesson lasted 15 minutes.  I said the opening prayer, four lines of a brief testimony, and read two verses, but his answers and questions were, of course, unrehearsed and I got lost immediately.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

The gospel is true and prayers are answered.  I felt much better this morning.  I tried to keep a prayer in my heart as we studied Hungarian this morning, and while we memorized fewer lines for our lesson with Joszef, all three of us felt like it went much better.  (On a random note, I found that Hebrews 11:34 talks of Flying Alien Armies!  First time I’ve heard that one before.)  Studying on the computer has been my fastest and most successful way of memorizing vocabulary.  Unfortunately, we only get three to four hours per week.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Today was my first Sunday here at the MTC.  Sundays are my favorite days here.  It is a day of rest (from both Hungarian and classes) and allows plenty of time to personally study the scriptures.  We have to remain in suits all day, but it’s not too bad.  It rained today, and while it limited opportunities to take pictures of our first temple walk, it was still a nice experience.  The fireside was enjoyable.  The speaker was Kay McIff, the younger brother of a counselor here, and we finished by singing a powerful version of “Called to Serve”.  We finished the evening by watching the “Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration” movie.  Also, during sacrament meeting our Branch President asked me to give a five minute talk on the Holy Ghost.  After the sacrament, he got up and said: “We will next have a five minute talk by Sister ____, followed by a talk from Elder Shipp on the Holy Ghost.”  Lucky for me, I was able to remember enough parts of my farewell talk to give a good impromptu lesson.  Apparently, in three weeks it will be someone else’s turn.

Monday, 20 June 2011

I’m just going to start by saying that today was AWESOME!  After doing our first service assignment this morning, we started just talking about and discussing fun scriptures.  Gym was outside, where I played Frisbee (but not Ultimate, as it is not allowed for some reason), ladder golf, and 4-square.  I covered about thirty sections of the Doctrine & Covenants during personal study.  While I failed completely at reading the Book of Mormon in Hungarian (A Mormon Konyve), we still had a great lesson with Joszef.  Days are starting to go by faster and I feel the Spirit more strongly.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Random Fact: Today was the Summer Solstice.  Things are starting to be blocked off for the Mission President Orientation that is happening the second half of this week.  We learned past-tense compositions and conjugations today.  Also, tonight we had a devotional by Elder Paul Sybrowski of the Seventy.  He spoke of Moses 6 “Walk with Me”, preaching of the strength of missionary work.  These past two days I’ve really come to notice the importance of the Book of Mormon.  It is the physical manifestation that each missionary, each member, can carry and hand out to show that there is modern day revelation, there is more than just the Bible to testify of Christ, and that it shows there is an important difference between us and other churches.  We are not “just another Christian Chruch”.  Tomorrow is our first P-Day.  I look forward to a day of rest, going to the temple, and replying to letters.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Today was my first P-Day here at the MTC.  Looking at the schedule and from what usually happens on a P-Day, we expected it to be a fairly relaxed day… it wasn’t.  At all.  Within half an hour of waking up, we began cleaning and vacuuming our rooms.  Quickly went and got breakfast, ran to sign up for haircuts, did laundry, ate lunch, experienced that fastest 30 minutes ever trying to email, went to the temple, ate dinner, gave a 45 minute lesson to Joszef and his wife Tundi, had class, followed by planning, and now I’m back here (in my room).

The trip to the Provo Temple was good.  Tonight we taught our lesson to Joszef and (for the first time) his wife, Tundi, on the Restoration.  We didn’t, unfortunately, feel the Spirit nearly as much as we would’ve liked, but we have a new plan to try teaching tomorrow.  I did find it really cool that three to five minutes into the lesson, Tundi asked me if I spoke French.  Apparently, I have a very French accent when I speak Hungarian (in addition to my English accent too, of course).

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Today we had our fifth and final lesson with Joszef.  It went much better than yesterday’s. 
We read only a couple scriptures, then continually testified of the Holy Ghost, God’s love, the importance of families, and of baptism.  We opened our lesson by singing “I am a Child of God”, and closed by inviting him to be baptized.  He said he wasn’t sure, but he would try to be later.  Things are crowded with the 600 missionaries that arrived yesterday.

Since my last letter, I have had many more opportunities to get to know all the other Hungarian missionaries.  One of my companions, Elder Harvey, is 23 and is from Michigan.  He’s already graduated from BYU-Hawaii in automobile mechanics/repair, and spent three years in Japan.  My other companion, Elder Swett, is from New Hampshire.  When he was born, his family lived in Denmark, but they moved to the States while he was a kid.  He attended Tuff’s (?) College near Boston this last year, has studied French for six years, and has close ties to Hungary.  His grandparents are both Hungarian, and his older brother served his mission there.

There are three other missionaries in our group.  Elder Rosen is from Sandy, and is the tallest in our group.  He enjoys mountain climbing and attended the University of Utah for a year.  His companion is Elder Snyder, a short read-head.  He’s from near Atlanta, Georgia, and attended BYU this last year.  The last missionary in our group (the Kisci, pronounced “Kee-chee”, meaning “young ones”) is Sister Hudspeth, who is from a small town about an hour and a half south of here.

The Osi (pronounced “oo-shee”, meaning “old/ancient ones”) is made up of seven missionaries, who will all leave for Hungary in three weeks.  Elder Walker is the District Leader of the Osi, making him pretty much the head of the Hungarian Missionaries.  He’s originally from Idaho.  His companion is Elder Knight, who is from England and is very competitive.  Elder Peterson is from St. George, and lived in Texas this last year.  His companion is Elder Johnson from San Antonio.  Elder Orban and Elder Bullock form a companionship.  Elder Orban is from Idaho.  He’s the shortest of the male Osi, but by far the strongest.  He works out every morning, gym session, and evening.  Elder Bullock is the tallest of all of us.  He is from Alberta, Canada, and has played baseball and basketball.  Last is Sister Hall, the only sister missionary in the Osi and is Sister Hudspeth’s companion.

I have also seen many missionaries who I’ve know before coming here, including some new ones in this last group of 600 that arrived Wednesday.  Now that I’ve had a chance to get into the groove of things, I get an enjoyable half hour of personal time before bed.  This week and next we’re having a variety of teachers as our main one is getting married! J  There is also a no-handshaking rule still in effect.

Finally, because of the New Mission President Orientation, we have heard that many General
Authorities were here.  We just barely finished a special fireside, at which, half of the Apostles were present, including: Elders Nelson, Oaks, Ballard, Scott, Holland, Bednar, and Anderson (along with their wives).  Elder Bednar was the speaker during this devotional, giving an amazing and inspiring talk which he titled, “Becoming a ‘Preach My Gospel’ Missionary”.  He divided his talk into five main steps, and concluded by repeating his testimony that “we can do this!”

I think that about finishes this letter.  While it was late, I think that it was much longer and more detailed than I ever could have typed in a 30 minute email.  Talk to you next week!

-  Shipp Elder

Sunday, June 19, 2011

18 June 2011 Letter (MTC)

June 15, 2011 Day 1 in the MTC

After being dropped off, the Elder that was there immediately rushed me to registration where I picked up my nametag, and a packet of forms.  Then we headed over to the bookstore where I received a giant package of things, including the "Green Monster", followed by swinging by my room, dropping off both suitcases and my backpack and immediately went to class ten minutes late.  There are six of us in the class together: five Elders and one Sister.  We have two teachers.  Unfortunately, because I was rushed around and told to leave my backpack in the room, I didn’t have any paper or pens to take notes today.   Afterwards, we had a fireside and ate dinner.  After dinner, we spent two hours role-playing with fake investigators, followed by another thirty minutes in the classroom and a quick tour of where the mailroom and the gym are located.

I am in a group of three.  Our P-Days are on Wednesdays.  We are allowed to wear casual clothing during gym, P-Days and while in the Residence Halls.  I got unpacked, but can’t hang much up until I buy hangers next Wednesday.  On that note, missionaries are only given $6 each week.
Along other notes, I am surprised at how much security there is at the MTC monitoring the missionaries.  The buildings all look alike, so it’s easy to get lost.  Finally, schedules are packed, only allowing ten minutes to move between activities (some no time between, and gym is the one exception, giving thirty minutes to shower).  This first day, and even the next couple days, is the easy part.  A couple days are easy to pass off as a vacation, camp, or fencing tournament.  It’s once the realization that it really is a full two years strike that this will really become difficult.

June 16, 2011 Day 2

Got up at 6:15 this morning, showered, and immediately headed over to the classroom for half an hour of personal study.  Afterwards, we sang a song and went to get breakfast.  The breakfast here has a lot more variety than Penn, but also a lot bigger crowds.  We had an hour and a half workshop, then 45 minutes of gym.  The thing I found strange about gym is they have Frisbee out on the field, but no Ultimate.  Anyway, it looks like my MTC gym experience will involve a lot of 4-square.  After showering, we all went to finish immunizations, where I received a typhoid shot as expected.  They also said that the Tetanus…

(I started a new page because I left the notebook in the classroom on accident, and with free time being non-existent, I need to continue writing without it.)

So, immunizations were today.  I got the expected typhoid shot and also a tetanus booster, since, even though it’s supposed to last ten years, the MTC only allows five year intervals, with my fifth year being in a few weeks.  So, tomorrow I need to swing by the office and pay $100.  Would’ve it been cheaper to receive the shots beforehand? 
In class today, we learned basic phrases and greetings, such as, “Hi, my name is Elder Shipp”, “How are you”, and “Good morning”.  Personal study was cut to only 15 minutes, due to the introduction and visit of our Branch Presidency.  So ends day two.  I think that not being able to shake hands or have any physical contact with anyone is only adding to the feelings of isolation.

June 17, 2011 Day 3

I plan on sending this letter this morning, so I won’t get a chance to tell you about most of today’s events.  Just a couple last things I wanted to be sure to include.  While I can receive mail every day, I can only send letters on Wednesdays.  Please keep these letters in good condition (possibly scan them).  As free time is so limited, I have yet to even open my journal and will use these as my entries.

Also, today we learned how to pray in Hungarian and will teach a 30 minute lesson tonight.

Talk to you on Wednesday, and let me know how you are all doing.

Hear from you soon!



Shipp Elder

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

15 June 2011 Pictures (MTC)

In the car headed to the MTC

Double line of cars entering the MTC with Missionaries

Families all saying good bye to their Missionaries

Elders were ready to help unload

Valet service at the MTC

Family goodbye

Our last view of Elder Shipp

Sunday, June 12, 2011

12 June 2011 Farwell Talk

Today I was asked to speak about understanding and using one of the great blessings given to us by our Heavenly Father. It is the gift of the Holy Ghost. As one of the three members of the godhead, it is the only one, whose presence we can always be in, should we live righteously. It also is a necessary part of the mission that I will soon be serving.

In 2009, Elder Holland spoke of the role of the Holy Ghost in missionary work; he entitled his teachings as “The Divine Companionship.” In his talk, he stressed that the Spirit must be with each of us and that we must teach by it. When things are taught with the Spirit, in the way of the Lord, it ceases to be our lesson and becomes the Lord’s, having the power to lift investigators out of the temporal world. He continues saying, “We are charged with the responsibility of getting people out of their ruts and routines, out of their problems and their pain, out of their earthly little arguments and ignorance and sins, and take them to the Gods — to the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost — ultimately we are to take them toward their own Godhood. In short, we are to take them to the divine. The Holy Ghost is the connecting link which the Godhead has agreed to give us here in mortality for that heavenly connection. One cannot go forward in this work without “the ultimate teacher.” He must be a part of our companionship. We must never forget that the Holy Ghost is the key to knowledge.”

In the line of missionary work, teaching with the gift of the Holy Ghost increases in importance as there are often people taught who have received more formal educations, or have had much more experience than the missionaries. Missionaries meet people who have studied philosophy and metaphysics, world history and languages, science and the arts. They also encounter ministers who have had a greater education in theology. In our church there is no professional clergy, no school of theology, or many of the other professional preparations that exist in other religions. If missionaries don’t have the spirit of the Lord, and if they don’t teach under the direction of the Spirit, how can they be expected to accomplish their mission? As Elder Oaks briefly put it, “we cannot compete with the world on its terms. If we are to fulfill our callings, we must teach the Lord’s way. If we have the spirit of the Lord to guide us, we can teach any person, no matter how well educated, any place in the world. Acting under his spirit, we can deliver his message of salvation to each and every soul.”

Section 50 in the Doctrine and Covenants explains that there are two ways of teaching: through the spirit, or through some other way. “Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question, “unto what were ye ordained”?  To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth. If a man preacheth not by the spirit of truth, it is not of God, and if he receiveth the word of truth not from the spirit, but by some other way, it is not of God.” Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught that the “other way” described in section 50 is through the power of the intellect. He explained that teaching with one’s intellect is possible, but cannot grant the same power of conversion which only enters and fills one’s mind and one’s heart with a sure and sincere testimony as when teaching with the power of the spirit.

With the many great promises made when we have the Holy Spirit with us, it becomes important for each member and person to know how to recognize it, that they may follow its promptings and fulfill those promises. The most commonly known form of the Holy Ghost is it’s ‘still, small voice’. Many other descriptions have been given to us by prophets to help us further recognize the spirit. Elder Oaks described the spirit as communicating through “the language of peace, as spoken by the Lord, which embraces a sense of quiet confidence, comfort, and warmth. It is gentle and calm, amiable and sweet’ it is temperate and kind’ it is orderly and identified by happiness, joy, and feelings of love. It is a piercing flame felt in the heart. It prompts testimonies and results in such great joy and peace in the room, such a near-tangible atmosphere of divinity, that neither the missionary, nor the member, nor the investigator experiencing such a moment would choose to be anywhere else in the entire world at that time. Sometimes tears will be shed. Always great love will be felt. It is then that the veil is thin, that the Godhead is making its presence felt, and no other time or place would be appealing to those so privileged to be experiencing this.”

Doctrine and Covenants, Section 8, explains, “Behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” In section 6, the Lord says that the Spirit will enlighten and speak peace to our minds. Joseph Smith referred to the Holy Ghost as “pure intelligence which may give sudden strokes of ideas”.   The Holy Ghost is not felt by only members, but can be felt by nonmembers as well.

Elder Oaks shared a story of a personal experience, in which, the Spirit taught through the feelings of one who was not familiar with the process of revelation. Here are his remarks:“About nine years ago, three elected deputies of the Supreme Soviet visited Salt Lake City. I helped host them on Temple Square. I took them into the North Visitors’ Center to see the paintings and the Christus statue. Then I took them into the Tabernacle, where they heard the Sunday morning Tabernacle Choir broadcast. Afterward a few of us met with them in a conference room on Temple Square. We told them a little bit about the Church. Then Konstaintin Lubenchenko, the senior in the delegation, spoke to us. I made notes of his remarks as they were relayed through an interpreter: “Before I came here I thought the Mormon Church was a very conservative organization of fanatics. But after seeing the beautiful pictures and statue in your visitors’’ center and the beautiful setting where the choir sang and hearing the choir and organ, I have a new understanding of your church. Since I have come to the United States, people have asked me what is my strongest impression in the United States. I can tell you now. It is the singing of your choir. I love organ music and choirs and have gone to hear them many times in my country. As the choir sang, I had a very strong feeling. Although I do not speak English, I felt with my heart that they were sincerely expressing my feelings. My relation with God was expressed in earthly feelings through their singing.” The Soviet lawmaker had received a witness from the Spirit.”

The other day I heard an analogy of the Holy Ghost that I would like to share. Wiring in machines sometimes uses iron. Other times copper wires are used, which are generally more valuable than other resources and materials. The top quality of conductors however, is silver, which is much higher in value and is rarely used. Being many times the cost of copper or iron, silver is only used in the most precise, important cases. Likewise, each of our personal relationships with the Holy Ghost is comparable to this electrical wiring. Many people have the common, standard connection with the Holy Ghost, the iron, so to speak, which, while the power and influence of the Holy Ghost can be transmitted through, the iron wiring does not receive the blessings and gifts given to those with a copper connection. With the value increasing with each increase in connection, it becomes more rare, eventually reaching the desirable silver wiring. While it is rare, each one of us must strive to reach the point where we have a perfect connection with the Spirit, and are able to receive all the blessings and gifts our Father in Heaven wishes to give us.

The other aspect of the wire analogy is that as the Spirit is able to send its influence and power one way, towards us, we are also able to transmit signals the other way. From this and the teachings of the apostles, we can learn that to teach with the spirit and use its gifts to teach others, we must first strengthen the quality and signals on our end. The Lord said, “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.”

There are many ways we can help improve our relationship with the spirit. Elder Holland referred to the Book of Mormon as “a pure vehicle of the Spirit because it is the pure word of God, which must be used in teaching as often as possible.” To have the Holy Ghost as our companion requires following the commandments. We know that our bodies are personal temples, and we must keep ourselves clean, for the Spirit of the Lord will not dwell in any unclean temple. More ways to prepare ourselves to fully receive the spirit is to follow the instructions given in the sacrament prayer: that we are willing to take the Lord’s name upon us, and always remember him that we may have his spirit to be with us. However, one of the best ways to keep the Spirit with us is to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost as we receive them.

One often-forgotten “trick” so to speak, to receiving help from the Holy Ghost is to study matters out in our mind. There are times when revelations come in the form of a confirmation, rather than an independent idea. When Oliver Cowdery attempted to translate the Golden Plates, he was unable to do so, and the Lord revealed to him, “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it to you, when you took no thought, save to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right”.

We must also remember that the Holy Ghost speaks to us in its own time and way. The purpose of the Spirit is not to solely suit our convenience, giving us immediate responses to every question and desire we have. While we can help our relationship with the Godhead by drawing closer to the Lord and seeking him diligently, in the end, revelation comes according to the Lord’s will.

About 25 years ago, the church made plans for the President of the United States to visit and speak at BYU. While the church leaders had a list of things they would’ve like to have the President say and do while he was there, and times that would be convenient for their program, they all knew that it would be impossible to contact and invite the highest authority in the United States to speak to 26,000 people, and put conditions on his appearance. The leaders knew that to invite the president, they would have to allow him to come at whatever time he desired, and complete freedom of what he said and did while he was there, scheduling and arranging around the President’s desires. If those are the terms of how a university of 26,000 people must approach the highest authority of a single nation, then it should be no surprise that we are in no position to individually impose conditions on the timing and decisions of the highest authority in the universe.

Developing our relationship with our Father in Heaven and the Holy Ghost is a process. It is a gradual thing, made up of many experiences and the perseverance of multiple trials. We are born again by degrees, adding light, knowledge, and all manner of blessings as we keep the commandments, drawing nearer to the Lord.

Lastly, I’d like to share a story of one of the many miracles inspired by the Holy Ghost. Shortly after Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the apostles went among the people teaching the gospel. One of the times they were out teaching, a great crowd was gathered listening to the apostle Peter. Here is a recording of the miracle that transpired.

"Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

The "sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind" was heard abroad; and a multitude gathered about the place. And the apostles spoke to the multitude, and a great miracle was wrought, by which "every man heard them speak in his own language"; for the apostles, now richly gifted, spake in many tongues, as the Holy Ghost, by whom they had been endowed, gave them utterance. There were present men from many lands and of many nations, and their languages were diverse. In amazement some of them said: "Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?"  Then Peter cited ancient prophecy embodying the promise of Jehovah that He would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, so that wonders would be wrought, even as those there present witnessed.

The power of the Holy Ghost could not be resisted; to every earnest soul it carried conviction. They that heard were pricked in their hearts. Now that they were prepared for the message of salvation, it was given without reserve. Their conversion was genuine and not the effect of a passing enthusiasm; that they were literally born again through baptism into a newness of life is evidenced by the fact that they endured in the faith - "and they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." So devoted were these early converts, so richly blessed with the outpouring of the Holy Ghost was the Church in those days, that the members voluntarily disposed of their individual possessions and had all things in common.

Later this week I will leave to serve a mission in Hungary. It is a language I am barely familiar with, and have yet to learn even the most basic phrases. I am glad that each of us has the opportunity to have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. I look forward to bringing the gospel to the Hungarian people, so that they too may feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I’d also love it if I received the blessing of the gifts of tongues in the miraculous way told earlier, but as the Lord taught before, some blessings require much hard work and dedication before they can be received.

I’d like to close with my testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and is inspired by revelation. That it was translated by Joseph Smith, a prophet of the Lord, to, like the Holy Ghost, guide us in this life. That our prophet and apostles today receive revelation to continue to guide us on the straight and narrow path, and finally, that I know that Jesus is our savior and redeemer. Amen.