Monday, March 14, 2016

Staying on Our Side of the Road

Hey Everybody! Hope ya'll are doing great!
      This week was just like it sounds... another week in Korea (; This week we continued working and taught a ton, but didn't find any investigators to teach. This week we receive transfer calls so no matter what happens this week, I just have to work through and try to keep finding investigators. On the bright side though, I did get to teach a bunch of young kids baseball. Sooo much fun. Nothing like a small pick-up game in Korea.
      This week I was thinking so much about choosing what's right in our lives. In missionary work we're faced with decisions every single day to do what's right, or choose otherwise. As I sat there thinking about it, I was reminded of an experience I had back home that I'd like to share.
      Me and a good friend of mine were riding on the south side of Ferron Mountain one day in the RZR. He was visiting and I wanted to show him some of my favorite areas. We had been driving for maybe five minutes from camp, and I had a spiritual prompting that I'll never forget. As clear as one man speaking to another, I heard a voice in my head say, "Stay on your side of the road." We continued driving and came around a corner to see a man coming at us at a high rate of speed, out of control, riding in the middle of the road on his wheeler. He turned to miss us, and in doing so, rolled his wheeler. I sent my friend back for help, and I stayed with the man. To say it was one of the most traumatizing moments of my life would be an understatement. I knew the man was seriously injured. I was terrified, as the man lay unconscious, shaking. All of a sudden, the man went still. I thought he had parted this life. In despair, not knowing what to do, I got down on my knees. I don't exactly remember what I said, but I distinctly remember saying, "Please bless that this man will be okay." I closed my prayer, and a few minutes later, the man drew a breath. Soon after, we were able to get him the help provided and all turned out good. However, to this day, I'll never forget that prompting I received to, "Stay on my side of the road." 
      In our lives, we must stay on our side of the road. Whenever we cross that line, it opens us up to colliding with the adversary. As we stay true to our core beliefs and who we are, we can guarantee that we can be safe in Jesus Christ. I know that as we live worthy of the spirit, we can receive the spiritual promptings that we need to keep us where we want to be. Symbolically, in our lives, one day the adversary will come at us faster than we can imagine, but as we stay on our sides of the road, the adversary will always crash behind us. May we forever follow Jesus Christ and stay within the boundaries that He's set for us.
      I'm so grateful for the promptings of the spirit and the love of Jesus Christ. I'm grateful for the power of prayer. I know that Christ hears and answers our prayers. I'm so grateful for that. I'm grateful that He's always there for us, and travels the road with us. I know He lives, and that He loves us beyond comprehension.
     Thanks for the love and support I love you all and I'm so grateful for every one of you. Thanks so much for all the support it means the world. Talk to ya'll next week. Keep your fingers crossed for where I could be headed!

Elder Roper

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