Weekly Email #5

Aloha family!

It is really challenging to even find spiritual things to talk about when I still have more room for improvement. I felt like my mission was my most spiritual moment because all we do is just study from the scriptures. Now that I am in college, my focus tend to shift to assignments but I am still doing scripture study every morning, daily prayer, magnify my calling and going to temple weekly. I am just so glad I took religion classes because at least it gives me some inspiration of what to talk about in the weekly email. 

I love New Testament because thats when Chris came to earth and taught in person and a lot of his teaching are taught simple and it bring significant message to each one of us yet the people’s heart are so hardened that they don’t understand or wouldn’t want to understand because they wouldn’t listen and they wouldn’t soften their heart. I learn so much because of this which is, never harden my heart and always listen to the teachings with an open heart. If I am offended by the teaching it simply means that I need to improve. After all thats why we are here on earth to be a better person and improve every single day. 

In John 8:4-11, the pharisees brought the woman that commit adultery and by law they have to stone her. Their intention was to tempt Jesus Christ but Christ is so smart that he countered it in a very profound way and I salute him so much for that. Christ simply asked, who among you is without sin, let him first cast a stone at her! Then the people standing around them walked away one by one because there is no way non of them have never committed a sin before. And Christ started asking, woman, where are those who persecute you? I don’t see any of them. Christ’s way in making her feel better and the woman simply answered, you are right, i dont see any of them either. Christ’s only advice for her is go and sin no more. 

We live in a world that judging has become so common that we often think we are so much better than others yet we ourselves need more improvement as well. This is a reminder for each of us and also myself to become better in not judging others. President Dieter F Utchdorf said in one of his talk, whenever a negative thought come to your mind, STOP IT! Whenever you want to judge someone, apply STOP IT! Let us fill our life with positiveness and never let Satan inject negativism into our life. 

Another good news is that my companion is coming to Hawaii on December 26 - January 3. I cant wait to hang out with him! We are going to do a lot of fun stuffs. 

Went to my first spearfishing!
Posing with the Japanese's trumpet fish!!

I'm ready to SPEAR!

Take care and be positive!

Kelvin Tan 




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