Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hello World,

     I have the unique opportunity today to post an addition to Elder Wright's Blog.  We are on exchanges today and tomorrow, and it is time to learn from a great missionary example.  I just walked in, sat down, and he said, "Type!"  So this is what seems to be coming out, apparently.  I have no idea who will see this and who is even looking.  I have no bearing on the whole blogging thing.  I won't even get to see any feedback or responses or numbers of those who read it.  So I guess I'd better think before I post.  In like manner, we have no idea what affect we have on those around us.  We have no idea who is watching.  Sometimes I think I know who's watching, or that I'll know when it matters who's observing me, but I've learned on the mission that everything we say and do is seen and heard.  I know that we have a far reaching affect on those around us.  Whether we are missionaries with a name badge and a tie, or just a kid in school who comes and goes without saying a word.  People are watching.  We can't choose what people think, but we Can choose our actions.  We may not want to draw attention to ourselves, impossible as a missionary, but once we understand that people are watching, we can choose to be what we'd want others to see.  I'd encourage anyone who may read this live as though you're on camera.  You can choose to "be an example of the believers."  I know as a missionary that many things I do have farther reaching affects than I can ever know.  Just like posting this random blog will be sent out to unknown eyes and destinations, so too do the things we say and do end up in the ears, eyes and hearts of God's children.  I hope I can live so that I could watch the video of my life and not worry who's watching.  I hope I can improve my time while in this life.  I hope when people speak of Elder Brady Anderson, they remember that I was a representative of Christ, in word and deed.  My mom always told me growing up that Integrity means stopping at a red light and waiting, even in the middle of the night when no one is around to see.  Well I know that even if no one actually sees you do what's right, people can feel a person of integrity, by the way the live when people Are watching.  And in the end, of course God is always watching.  He knows the intents of our hearts and the things we do when we "think no one can see."  It permeates our whole being and blesses those around us as we strive to live a Christlike life.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leaving something behind

Bringing it to Santa Rosa this week has been a growing oppertunitty and something new to look forward to.  I will most certainly miss Ukiah not only because of the people and wonderful ward members but because of my companion Elder Spenlove.  He helped me build my confidence and to really take a look at the people and feel inside who they really are.
 As I was leaving Ukiah California I was pondering inside the window of our moving van about all the wonderful experiences I had serving in Ukiah, and the thought crossed my mind; Did I do all I could do for my Heavenly Father in this area?  Did I use all my talents, efforts and strength?  Indeed, there were times I could have worked harder, prayed with more faith, and used my talents and abillities more.  But for the round of all things I believe I did my best.  Another thought entered my mind with great force were the faces of all the people I had worked with.  Each of their images and love are imprinted into my soul forever.  I not only taught them about the gospel, but they taught me about love, and why love is the most important attribute to have.  I am thankful for each and every experience I have had in Ukiah whether good or bad, I learned.
Although we are not perfect we all need to take the second look and see how our Heavenly Father understands and loves each and everyone one of us. The Lord has his "Way" and no other, He will help us if we put our trust in him to overcome our weaknesses and perform the labor in which he has instore for each of us.  As I was studying this morning I came across a scripture in 1 Nephi 10:18-19 in the Book of Mormon, it says;
" . . the way is prepared for all men . . .  if it so be that they repent and come unto him.
"For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost . ."
Take His truth and apply it to your own life.  Use Christ's Attonement in your own life.  Believe in Christ. 
I know these things to be true. 

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