Monday, September 26, 2016

Life's good in the ghetto

Well, yep.  He's dead.  Elder Nugent is dead.  Elder Herbert, who was in our zone last transfer, is coming up to chill in the YSA!  He's a stud, and we're gonna slay it this transfer.  Plus, he doesn't die til next transfer, so I won't have to kill another missionary (the church is true). 

This week has been like SO sick!  Highlight would definitely be the baptism on Sunday:)  Idk why but man the Niagara YSA branch is gaining so many solid recent converts, it's just awesome.  Hayden got baptized on Sunday, and gave probably one of the most powerful testimonies I've ever heard.  The Spirit was just filling the room, people were crying, Elder Nugent and I couldn't stop smiling the whole time, man, it was just sick!!!!  We had a relatively new investigator named Jordyn who came out to church, was crying the whole time cuz the Spirit was so strong, and on top of that the WHOLE Relief Society is now her new best friends.  Yep.  All like 20 of them.  So yeah, she came up to us, still crying and was like, "So, I'd like to get baptized now."  We were like, "You came to the right place":)  So she'll be getting baptized next month:) 

Got super sick this week, but I'm better now!  So don't worry, it's Gucci;) 
Hit 11 months left today...just doesn't stop does it?  That "going home depression" at an all time high right now 😒.  But it's chill.  I got ice cream, so we're good;) 

What can I say?  Life's good in the ghetto;)

I know without a doubt that Faith, Repentance, Living worthy of our baptismal covenants and enduring to the end are the simple truths of the Gospel, and really all we need to worry about if we intend to make it back home.  A serious and thorough study of the first principles of the gospel will do more in helping a person understand and apply the Atonement than most anything I've encountered.  I know without a doubt that it is those first principles and ordinances that connect us to the Atonement. 
 
Study the Lectures of Faith sometime if you get a chance...holy cow that stuff is deep. 

Anyway, I love you all!  Stay classy. 
--
Elder Bybee

"The best is yet to come"
 
 




 

Hayden's baptism!  Keevin, our recent convert, did the dunking:)  good stuff eh?;)

don't know what that thing is, just took a picture with it.


Elder Nugent's first of many dying photos
 

Elder Nugent dying.


Us being sick.


more dead people pictures in the China district



lol Elder Deweese, the greenest missionary in the zone.  love that guy



last death picture
 
 
hiking Albion falls!
 
 
fun fact, Hamilton is known as the City of Water falls, having the most water falls of any city in the entire world!  there ya go peeps;)





mo hikes











Monday, September 19, 2016

Another transfer almost gone...

Man can I get like a remote for life?  Or even just like a universal pause button?  Cuz man...I am NOT down for all these days just whizzing by. 
On top of that, this week's gonna be CRAZY!  But I'm getting ahead of myself here. 

This week, man lemme tell ya...has been so sick!!!  We've just been seeing crazy spiritual experiences left and right!  I'll start with the best, and most important one....

WE GOT A BAPTISM COMING UP ON SUNDAY!:)  Man, so gotta say, crazy story.  We've been teaching this guy named Hayden, and ever since we met him we felt like he could be baptized on September 25th.  But like, it didn't even make sense, cuz he had a lot of obstacles to hurdle.  But there we are, after church having a lesson, and the Spirit just comes in like a freight train!!  It was crazy!  Literally so tangible and real you could've cut it up and served it for dinner, straight up.  So we invite him....and he just takes a big sigh, and says, "I wanna say yes really bad."  So we asked why.  And he's all like "Cuz I just know this is true."

And there you have it, we committed him to be baptized next Sunday:) 
Now there's a catch...his family, who he's currently living with is not very tolerant of the Mormon faith.  So if you could take time this week to Pray for Hayden, that would be awesome:)  It'll all be good:) 

This week I've really taken time to reflect on the Atonement.  It's interesting in Alma 7 the words Alma uses to describe the Atonement.  Specifically it says "He will take upon Him death", "He will take upon Himself the sins of His people". 

The meaning behind the word take is striking.  To take something implies that it (the object, or in this case, the sin) cannot be owned or held by more
than one person.  Only one person can own the sin.  It's interesting to further note the line in the hymn "I Stand All Amazed" that states:

Sufficient to own, to redeem and to justify

Only one person can own our sins at a time.  Only He can Redeem, and Justify us.  If we repent, and ask for forgiveness, that also entails allowing Christ to literally take that sin from us...it is no longer ours, we no longer hold responsibility for the punishment associated with that sin.  That includes the mental anguish we sometimes put ourselves through when we mess up.  While that godly sorrow is there, it is there for a purpose.  It's purpose is to change the repenting sinner towards an understanding of his wrongs.  From there, we come to understand that we cannot rid ourselves of these feelings on our own.  We have desperate need of a Savior, a Perfect Redeemer who will take from us what we cannot. 

When that happens, when repentance is complete -and this is extremely important to understand- we no longer bear responsibility for that sin.  It is no longer ours. 

So when we are tempted to bring up old sins, or to allow Satan to make us feel as if we haven't fully repented, remember what Christ promised to do for us.  He will make us clean, He will take our sin upon Him, and He will pay that price.  He already has. 

I love you all! 

--
Elder Bybee

"The best is yet to come"
 
Temple trip with Eric, one of our recent converts!
 

typical day with Elder Nugent.  So being super weird all the time.
 
 
 
Elder Nugent attacking our car with a scrubber.  He's scary when he's cleaning;) 
 

 Zone Council!  
 
 
another typical day..being weird
 

more driving and weirdness.
 

doctors appointment....waited for a very...very long time.
 

 
Elder Myers commandeering my camera
 

I don't even know...just cuz
 


making our way downtown🎵



weird filters and such
 


 
Dinner with Keevin:)  
 

Elder Nugent ready to dine.