Favorite Scripture

Helaman 5:12 "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Letter

Hello my loving audience. This blessed day you have the opportunity to hear from the Elder Black, whom you all adore. And now we will hear from our beloved Elder, Elder Black....

Sorry everybody that my letters have been dull the past few weeks. The truth is we didn't have much time to write and there really wasn't too much to write about. I didn't write last week because I talked with my family over Skype last week. Woot! So last week the only exciting thing that really happened was Alexander's(Jefferson's) baptism. It was awesome. When we got there he gave us what is called Camino de Fe (Path of Faith). The CdF is a form that lets investigators see their progress towards baptism. It has sections to mark boxes for Pray Daily, and Other Goals. So he gave it back to us at his baptism all filled out. That may not sound like much, but it really is pretty awesome. Elder Leal (my new companion) said that was the first time in 9 months of his mission that he's seen someone fill it out like that. Some of his other goals were; marry the woman that I love, and be an eternal couple and have a family.....wow. Pretty cool. So Vinny (his hermanadore/member friend that we would bring on visits) baptized him. He actually did it 3 times. All 3 times the prayer was perfect, but the first 2 times his knee popped out of the water so he had to do it again. Now, the reason his knee popped out =). After the first prayer and Vinny said "Amen", he shoved Alexander into the water and brought him out about as quick as he could. It was more like he was mad at Alex and dunked him as hard as he could lol. That's why his knee popped out, it didn't have time to go under. So after that we tried to tell Vinny that he had to do it slower and that he had to be completely submerged. So the second prayer....."Amen!", and the same thing. Vinny, chill....slow Vinny....3rd prayer, "Amen!" and he shoved him under the water just the same way. The only difference is that to make sure that he was completely submerged he held him under for about 5 seconds and then pulled him back out. So hilarious lol. Vinny never ceases to surprise me.....

So last week for the 24th and the 25th we had to be in the house early for our "safety". Whenever there's a holiday or something a lot of the people like to get drunk and supposedly it can get dangerous. Although here in Yaruquì it's pretty chill. Nonetheless we stayed inside most of the day. The only cool thing that we did on the 24th was talk to our families. One thing they told me was that when I speak english I have an accent.....weird....I thought I sounded normal. Imagine how I'll be at the end of my mission.....=O. And then the 25th was about the same. None of the members in our branch invited us over for dinner or anything =,( so we went to a members house in Tumbaco with the elders there. Nothing to wild. 

Then wednesday, the day after Christmas. We had an appointment with Alex to teach him about the Priesthood, we brought Vinny along with us as well. We got to his house and he told us that he wanted to talk about....well actually for privacy reasons I can't really say much =). Let's just say that it wasn't good....He even had thoughts of killing himself. We're still helping him out to feel better and get him back on his feet. Just know that everything will be alright =)

Another thing that happened on thursday (this time it's a good thing), was that we got a reference! Yeah!! It's a family that asisted church in Ibarra, the father has family that are members and they liked the church. This is like gold. An investigator that went to church, liked it, has support from family and lives 10 minutes walking from out house. Perfect. So we taught them that night. They were very receptive and understood everything. We invited them to baptism and they accepted, they didn't accept a date though, which it totally fine with me. 

Unfortunately I'm about out of time....again. So I'll wrap it up. A couple of things that happened to me this week that I thought were funny. I'm going to start doing a new thing in my letters "Funny thing of the Week". This week the most funny thing was this....So I was doing my laundry and pulling the laundry out of the laundry bag. Stuck to one of my shirts was a 2 inch long, fat millipede. I was so excited and happy to see it in my clothes I screamed for joy. In my excitement I accidently flung the millipede at the wall. The End =) Another thing that happened to us was in a contact. We were contacting and I had a feeling that we should contact this particular house. So we did. We knocked and an old lady yelled, "Who is it!" We're missionaries....."Who is it!" We're missionaries. "Who is it!" WE'RE MISSIONARIES!!!!. Then she came to the door finally. It took her about a minute to open the door and then she came out. She looked at my companion, who was in a black dress sweater, and asked, "Are you the Father(a catholic priest)?" No....We're missionaries and we teach the gospel. "Oh, you teach the gospel? She then started slowly walking back into her house. "We're Christians and you don't bring any bread or water for the old or poor! You just care about yourselves!" She was yelling all sorts of weirdness at us. Then she went back into her house and closed the door.....me and my companion....uhh....what the heck lol. I'm thinking that God has a sense of humor and he wanted us to contact that house to give us a weird experience. "Psst....Elder Black, go contact that house over there". I can just imagine him chuckling to himself.....

So that's about it. I'll answer the questions that mom sent me now. Yes I'm happy and I can understand my companion now =). No never got the package =(. Christmas Day....we didn't do really anything other than what I said. Good to hear that the colonoscopy went well =). Cool to hear about the water company and that you helped that guy out. And for New Years....today is P-day and then we have to be in the house early again. So we'll just chill in the house and play games. I'm not so sure they celebrate 3 Kings here....I haven't heard anything about it here. Oh, one thing they do do for New Years is they "burn the old year". They make maniquins and then burn them. Symbolic of burning the old and starting anew. And I was thinking how the heck I was going to pay for school when I got back. Then I thought of my good old rich uncle Jeff and I thought that maybe I could work for him. So yes, I did want to work for him when I got back. Funny you should mention that. The emails you send are good. Send more pictures though. Like the lean-to for instance. Pictures are good. And you can send a letter normal and supposedly it gets here in about a week. Try that. And why didn't anyone tell me that the Wii U came out?! I also know now that they've announced a new Zelda game for 2014. Yeah!! Okay that's all. See you later! And here are some pictures of the baptism and of Christmas.....

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

I'm going to start this letter off answering letters that you've sent me. Sorry that I don't write you back Katarina, I honestly don't have time to send a personal email or a written letter. I have to include everything in one letter to save time. And you're studying bears for school? What motivated you to do something interesting? =) And it's good to hear that you're finally getting your license....finally.....And yes, I remembered when Christmas is thank you. And I put "lol" all the time to express emotion, that as I'm writing it I'm laughing to myself. Now to answer mom's questions. Things are still going good. I didn't get changed to a different area, I'm staying here in Yaruquì. Elder Salazar went to a different zone as a Zone Leader. He wanted to stay here longer and he didn't want to be a leader either, but he got both. Too bad for him I guess =). So now I'm here with a new companion. His name is Elder Leal, he's from Argentina and his accent is really hard for me to understand....with time hopefully I'll be able to understand him better. Gift of Tongues....come to me!! And before I forget, we're going to call you on the 24th at around 11:00 here, which is 9:00 there. All I need to contact you is your account thing or whatever it is that I need to be able to "call" you. I got 4 packages in total. The other might come this week or next week, hopefully. And no I didn't wait to open them =). Waiting is crazy talk. There is no way a missionary can have 4 packages in front of his face for 1 month without opening them, so....I opened them right when I got them =). And I ate all the food already. It's awesome to hear that the trials are finally over! That must be a big relief to have over with, after years of waiting and praying. Woot. And we do have a Christmas meeting with the president. We have a Christmas dinner at his house this thursday. And Hermana Ghent is a good cook, we're excited. And yeah, all the music you sent me came through just fine. 

So this week was a hard week. Elder Salazar was sick towards the end of the week, we hardly taught anybody because they weren't home, and we didn't have much success contacting. Kind of hard. Not much to tell other than that because not much really happened. One thing that happened that was cool; we were teaching family Medina and then they changed houses suddenly without us knowing. Sad, we contacted most of the day and tried to find their house, without any luck. I wasn't too down, but my companion was. He was sick and a little disappointed. So we kept looking and contacting for another day without any luck. We really prayed hard that if we were meant to find them that we would find them somewhere. So on saturday Elder Salazar was really sick and he was in the house basically all day resting. At around 5:00 we left the house to go contacting, we had a few minutes of time before we had to meet up with some other elders. So we went to Rafael's house again to stop by and again he wasn't home. Elder Salazar was feeling sick, disappointed because we lost family Medina and more disappointed because Rafael wasn't home again. About 10 seconds after we decided that Rafael wasn't home I saw Andrea (Christian Medina's girlfriend/unofficial wife) walking down the street towards us. So we talked with her and she showed us where their new house is. Truly a blessing. If Elder Salazar wasn't sick we wouldn't have been at that spot at that particular time. He was also grateful that he was sick because it allowed us to find where they lived. The Lord works in mysterious ways, that's for sure =). 

So we finally have a baptism this week, Jefferson Cedeño. The interview with him went pretty well. But he had a problem with question number 4, the question that if they have a problem with it they have to have an interview with the mission president. I don't know what the problem is, but I don't have any worries that it will postpone his baptism. Other than him we don't have anybody with a baptismal date, just people with promise.

A couple of things for Hunter if you haven't already bought them. He does not need 2, 2 pant suits. Just one suit with 2 pants is plenty. You only wear a suit in church and when you have a meeting and the president is there. Save the money and don't but 2 suits. Also pack lots of Pepto Bismol and Tums, that stuff is golden. =)

I'll try and attach the pictures again. There are pictures of the Christmas tree we made, a few pictures of Yaruquì, and my watch on 12/12/2012 at 12:12 and 12 seconds =). Enjoy.

Elder Black

Monday, December 10, 2012

Updated Scripture List

1. Restoration
God Is Our Loving Heavenly Father/the nature of God
-Isaiah 55: 8-9-Gods ways are higher than ours
-1 Nephi 17:36- God created the earth for us
-2 Nephi 4:19-21- God is my support
-2 Nephi 25:23- Mercy of God after all that we can do
-Mosiah 4:9- God is all knowing
-D&C 18-10- worth of souls is great in the sight of God
-D&C 130:18-23- God has a body of flesh and bone
-Moses 1:39- Behold, this is my work and my glory
Heavenly Father Reveals His Gospel In Every Dispensation
-Amos 3:7- Surely the Lord God will do nothing except...
-Jacob 4:13- The Holy Ghost witnesses/witnessed truths to prophets
-D&C 1:38- whether by me or the prophets, it is the same
-Isaiah 24:5- changing ordinances and covenants
-Amos 8:11-12- A famine of the Gospel in the land
-Matt 24:9-11- prophecy of Apostasy when prophets are killed
-2 Thess 2:3- shall come a falling away first
-2 Tim 4:3-4- prophecy of Apostasy
-2 Timothy 3:12- they that will be goodly will suffer persecution
-1 Nephi 13:26-27- Great and abominable church, many plain and precious truths were taken
-1 Nephi 16:2- the wicked taketh the truth to be hard
-Jacob 4:14- Jews killed the prophets because they turned away from Christ
-Jacob 4:15-16- prophecy that the Jews will reject Christ
-Mosiah 27:13- the Gospel will be taken away when the people are wicked
-D&C 1:15-16- How/why the Apostasy happened
Resoration of the Gospel
-Acts 3:20-21- restitution of all things (Gospel)
-Ephesians 1:9-10- in the fullness of times all things will be gathered in Christ
-Ephesians 4:12-14- the need for a restitution of the Gospel
-2 Tim 4:3-4- restitution of the complete Gospel
-2 Nephi 27: 6,7,10,23,27-prophecy of the restoration, Joseph Smith, 3 Witnesses, and Book of Mormon
-2 Nephi 27- prophecy of the restoration in general
-Mosiah 26:15-18- the church has been established by prophets before
-D&C 123:12- Kept from the truth because they don't know where to find itBook of Mormon
-Matt 7:14-20- an evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit
-John  21:25- the world could not contain the books of the teachings of Christ…so maybe it’s possible that there is another book…(Book of Mormon)
-2 Corinthians 13:1- out of the mouth of 2 or 3 shall all things be established
-Ezekiel 37:15-19- stick of Judah/Joseph
-2 Nephi 29:3,4,7,11- Many shall hiss, "A Bible a Bible...", God reveals things in all nations
-2 Nephi 33:10-11- if you believe in Christ, you will believe in the Book of Mormon
-Jacob 7:10-11- if you believe in scriptures but not in God, you don't understand the scriptures
-Mosiah 1:3-5- scriptures contain the mysteries (the doctrine, mysteries because the world doesn't know the doctrine) of God
-Ether 4:12;Moroni 7:11-14;Alma 5:40- if it persuadeth man to do good, it is of God           -Moroni 7:16-17- if it is good, it is of God
-D&C 1:38- Whether by me or my prophets, it is the same
Pray to Know the Truth Through the Holy Ghost
-Proverbs 2:10- wisdom entereth into the heart, not the mind
-Matt 7:14-20- a good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit. A bad tree cannot bring forth good fruit
-Ephesians 4:5- one Lord, one faith, one baptism
-James 1:5- if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God
-1 John 5:9- a witness of God is greater than a witness of man
-Rev 13:13- the devil can do miracles too
-Jacob 4:8- You cannot study out the mysteries of God, they have to be revealed to you
-Jacob 4:10- don't counsel the Lord, receive counsel
-Mosiah1:3- not knowing the mysteries of God (the doctrine) is ignorance -Alma 5:45-46- the Holy Ghost will testify
-Alma 5:40- whatsoever is good cometh from God, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil
-Alma 5:45-46- I know these things are true for myself through fasting and prayer, made known unto me by the Holy Spirit.
-Alma 11:26-31-only one true and living God. How does he know? An angel told him, not a man
-D&C 9:7-9- if it is right you will feel a burning in the bosom
2. Plan of Salvation
-2 Nephi 31- Plan of Salvation in general
Pre-Earth Life
-Job 38:4-7- we shouted for joy before the world was
-Jeremiah 11:5 before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee
-Matt 5:48- be ye therefore perfect(complete)
-Acts 17:29- we are children of God
-Romans 8:16-18- we are children and heirs of God
-D&C 138:55-56- we had classes/instruction in the premortal life
-Moses 1:39- behold this is my work and my glory…..
-Abraham 3:22-26- noble and great ones helped with the creationThe Creation
-Genesis 1:26-31- the Creation
-1 Nephi 17:36- God created the Earth for us
-Alma 30:44- All things denote that there is a God
-Abraham 3:22-26
Agency and the Fall
-Genesis 1:26-31- the creation of Adam and Eve
-2 Nephi 2- the Fall and Agency in general
-2 Nephi 2:11- must needs be an opposition in all things
-2 Nephi 2:25- Adam fell that men might be
-Alma 12:22-34- the purpose of the Fall
Life On Earth
-Matt 11:28-30- my burden is easy and my yoke light
-1 Corinthians 5:9-10- Judged by our works
-1 Corinthians 10:13- we are not tempted above that which we are able
-Hebrews 12:3-4- don’t complain about your trials, you didn’t have to suffer the     Atonement
-Hebrews 12:5-7, 11- God chastens us because he is loving, being chastened isn’t fun in the moment, but after we yield the peaceable fruit Matt 6:24- cannot serve 2 masters
-2 Nephi 9:6- death is a necessary step of life
-Alma 5:27- if you are called to die at this time, could you say that you were sufficiently     humble?
-Alma 5:28-29- if you’re not prepared to now, do it quickly. The hour is close at hand
-Alma 9:16-17- at some point they will know the incorrectness of their traditions
-Alma 12:24- life is a probationary state
-Alma 34: 32-34- life is the time to prepare to meet God
-D&C 131:6- man cannot be saved in ignorance (learn the gospel during life)
The Atonement
-Matthew 27:34-54- Jesus on the cross
-2 Nephi 2:6-7- Christ sacrificed himself for us
-Mosiah 14:3-6- he is despised and rejected of men
-Alma 7:11-13- What/why of the Atonement
-Alma 34:8-10- Atonement is essential, we would be lost
Spirit World
-1 Peter 3:18-20- Gospel is preached to the dead in the Spirit World
-Alma 34:34- Spirits are eternal, we will have another life after this
-Alma 40:11-14- All people go to spirit world in 1 of 2 states
-D&C 137:7-10- what happens to those that didn’t accept the gospel on earthResurrection, Judgement, and Immortality
-John 3:16- we will have everlasting life
-1 Corinthians 15:12-14- there is resurrection
-Philipians 3:21- we can have a body like Christ
-Galatians 5:19-21- Adultery, fornication, drunkedness cannot dwell in the kingdom of God
-1 John 3:1-2 we will be like Christ
-Revelations 3:21- he that overcomes will sit with me in my throne
-Revelations 22:12-14- I will give every man, according to his work. Blessed are they who keep the commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life
-2 Nephi 9.14-15- we will be reminded of our works and will be judged
-Alma 5:15-21- we will be judged by our works. Can you say that you lived well? Do you imagine yourself clean before God? Or with guilt and remorse? You will know at that day you cannot be saved
-Alma 9:28- reap rewards of works. Salvation or damnation of the soul
-Alma 11:39-45- resurrection and judgement
-Alma 12:12-18-judged according to our works, thoughts, and deeds. If we choose wrong we will be condemned. Harsh and not fun punishments
-Alma 40:23- not a hair shall be lost, all shall be restored to its proper and perfect   condition
-Moroni 7:40-41- through Christ we are resurrected
-D&C 14:7- the greatest gift is eternal lifeKingdoms of Glory
-1 Corinthians 15:39-42; D&C 76- Degrees of Glory
-D&C 132:20-21- We can be Gods, but we have to keep the commandments
3. The Gospel of Jesus Christ
-2 John 1:9- he who abideth in the doctrine of Christ hath both the Father and the Son.   He who abideth not in the doctrine hath not Christ
-2 Nephi 31
-Alma 7- repentance/don’t procrastinate
-3 Nephi 27:13-22- the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Through Christ We Can Be Clean
-1 Timothy 1:15- statement worthy of all acception, Jesus came into the world to save sinners
-James 4:7- Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you
-2 Nephi 2:6-8- redemption cometh through the Messiah
-Mosiah 3:17- we can only be saved through Christ
-Alma 32:21- faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things
-Moroni 6:8- we will always be forgiven
Faith in Jesus Christ
-Joshua 1:9- God will be with you wherever you go
-1 Corinthians10:13- not tempted above that which ye are able
-2 Corinthians 5:7- walk by faith, not by sight
-Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me
-Nephi 3:7- Lord giveth no commandments that you can't keep
-1 Nephi 7:12- God can do anything if you have faith
-Alma 32:21- faith if not a perfect knowledge of thing
-Moroni 7:33- If ye have faith, you can do what God asks
-D&C 82:10- when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise
-Matt 11:28-30- by burden is light and my yoke easy
-Romans 3:23- everyone sins
-1 John 1:7-9- we all sin. Those who say they have not sin do not know god. If we confess our sins to God, we can be cleansed
-2 Nephi 25:33-mercy of God after all that we can do
-2 Nephi 30:12- anyone that repents is chosen of God
-Mosiah 4:12- repentance brings the love of God
-Mosiah 26:29-35- steps of repentance
-Mosiah 27- if they can repent, anyone can
-Mosiah 28:4- vilest of sinners can be forgiven
-Alma 7:15-16- show you’re willing to repent, make a covenant with God, and keep his commandments. Do these things and you will have eternal life
-Alma 19:33- repentance=no desire to do evil
-Alma 34:33- don't procrastinate the day of your repentance
-3 Nephi 27:19- no unclean thing can dwell with God
-Moroni 6:8- we will always be forgiven
-D&C 19:16-18- if ye repent not, you will suffer as God
-Mark 1:10; Acts 8:38-39- baptism by immersion
-John 3:5- except a man be born of water and of spirit...
-Acts 2:47- have to be a member of Gods church to be saved
-Acts 16:32-33- a jailer was baptized that night (you don't have to be super prepared to be baptized)
-1 Corinthians 15:29- baptisms for the dead
-Ephesians 4:5- one Lord, one faith, one baptism
-2 Nephi 9:24- if we are not baptized and endure to the end we will be damned
-2 Nephi 31:5- how much more do we need baptism
-2 Nephi 31:10-13- follow Christ by being baptized
-Mosiah 3:16- the Atonement covers children that weren't baptized during their life
-Mosiah 5:7-9- we change most after baptism
-3 Nephi 11:21-28- exactly how baptism should be: immersion, the prayer, authority etc.
-3 Nephi 11:38- if you are not baptized you can't enter into the kingdom of God
-Moroni 8:10-12- infant baptism
-Moroni 8:25-26- baptism if the first fruits of repentance
-D&C 20:37- requirements for baptism
-D&C 68:25- parents have the responsibility to teach baptism to their children, baptized at 8 yearsGift of the Holy Ghost
-John 14:26- the Holy Ghost brings all things to remembrance
-Hebrews 6:2- laying on of hands is doctrine
-2 Nephi 32:5- the Holy Ghost will tell you all things what you should do
-Jacob 4:13- the Holy Ghost speaks things as the really are, does not lie
-Mosiah 2:36- the Holy Ghost leaves when we sin
-Alma 7:21- the Spirit dwelleth not in unclean temples
-Moroni 8:26- feelings that the Holy Ghost brings
-D&C 8:2- how the Holy Ghost testifies
-D&C 130:18-23- the Holy Ghost is a spirit and can dwell in us
Endure to the End
-Matt 7:21- not everyone that says, “Lord Lord" will be saved
-Matt 12:30- if you're not with me, you're against me
-Matt 24:13-  he that endures the same shall be saved
-1 Corinthians 10:13- not tempted above what we are able
-James 2:17-18- faith without works is dead
-2 Peter 2:21-22-A dog to its vomit
-1 John 2:18-19- antichrists come from the fallen away members
-2 Nephi 9- endure to the end in general
-2 Nephi 9:24- if we are not baptized and endure to the end we will be damned
-2 Nephi 25:23- the mercy of God, after all that we can do
-2 Nephi 31:14-16- better of ye had ye not known me, have to endure to be saved
-2 Nephi 31:20- if ye endure ye shall have eternal life
-Alma 7:15-16- have to repent and be baptized to be saved
-Alma 9:20-23- if you know the truth and then reject it, it is better to have not known God. It is more tolerable for them to deny God because they have not entered into a covenant
-D&C 82:10- when ye do not what I say ye have no promiseSacrament
-Moroni 4,5- the Sacrament prayers
-D&C 27:2- doesn't matter what we use in the Sacrament

4/5The Commandments/Laws and Ordinances
-John 14:15,21- if ye love me, keep my commandments
-1 Thess 5:22- abstain from all appearance of evil
-Mosiah 2:22- God blesses us when we keep the commandments
-Alma 12:9-11- to many it is given to know the mysteries of God. When we're good we get more knowledge, when we're bad knowledge gets taken away
-D&C 35:24- God rejoices when we keep the commandmentsPray Often
-1 Thess 5:17- pray without ceasing
-2 Nephi 32:8-9- Devil teaches you not to pray, pray always
-Alma 34:17-28- pray over everything
-Moroni 10:3-5- how we should pray
-D&C 19:28- pray vocally and in private
Study the Scriptures
-John 5:39- study the scriptures, for they testify of me
-2 Timothy 3:16-17- scripture is given by inspiration, that we may be perfected
-2 Nephi 25:26- scriptures preach of Christ, know where to look for a remission of sins
-2 Nephi 29:11-out of the books we will be judged
-2 Nephi 31:19-20;32:3- feast upon the words of Christ
-Mosiah 1:3-5- scriptures contain the mysteries of God
-D&C 1:37-38- search the scriptures, promises/blessings will be fulfilledKeep the Sabbath Day Holy
-Exodus 16:22-26- gathered more manna the day before the Sabbath so they wouldn't have to work the next day
-Exodus 20:8-10- commandment of Day of Rest
-Nehemiah 13:15-21- don't buy or sell on the Sabbath
-Isaiah 58:13-14- if you keep this commandment in his way, God will bless you
-Mosiah 18:25- they met once a week to worship
-Moroni 6:4-6- we get support from the Church
-D&C 59:9-16- day of restFollow the Prophet-Amos 3:7- surely the Lord God will do nothing...his servants the prophets
-D&C 1:38- whether by me or my prophets, it is the same
-D&C 121:34- many are called, few are chosen
Keep the 10 Commandments
-Exodus 20:1-17- the 10 Commandments
-1 John 4:20-21- he who loves God loves his brother also
-Revelations 22:12-14- I will give every man, according to his work. Blessed are they who keep the commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life
-1 Nephi 3:7- Lord will provide a way to keep his commandments
-2 Nephi 1:20- if we don't keep the commandments, we will be cut off from his presence
-Mosiah 2:22- we are blessed when we keep the commandments
-Mosiah 2:41- temporal and spiritual blessings, never ending happiness
-Alma 9:13- keep the commandments and  prosper, keep them not and be cut off
-D&C 35:24- God rejoices when we keep the commandments
-D&C 59:5- commandment to love God
Law of Chastity
-Matt 5:27-28- committed adultery in his heart
-Romans 1:27- no gay marriage
-Romans 1:27-32- those who violate this law knowingly will be condemned
-Ephesians 5:3-5- coveting, fornication, is bad...
-1 Thess 4:3-5- specific commandment against fornication, they know not God
-1 Timothy 2:9- women should dress modestly
-Jacob 2- chastity in general
-Jacob 3:3- you need to have clean thoughts
-Jacob 3:12- fornication is bad
-D&C 42:22-24- though shall not commit adultery
-D&C 63:16- lust drives out the Spirit
Word of Wisdom
-Numbers 6:3-4- no wine or beer
-Judges 13:2-5,13-14- should not drink wine or strong drink. Why would the angel say not to drink these things?
-Proverbs 20:1- wine/coffee are bad, whoso is deceived is not wise
-Proverbs 31:4-8- very clear, drinking wine is bad
-Isaiah 5:11- no coffee
-Daniel 1- didn't drink wine and ate more healthy, he was better off than the others
-Luke 1:15- no wine or strong drink
-1 Corinthians 3:16-17- our body is a temple
-D&C 89- Word of WisdomTithing
-Genesis 21:18-22-"give 1/10 unto thee"
-Malachi 3:10- bring all the tithes into my storehouse
-Hebrews 7:12- Abraham paid tithing
-D&C 119- commandment to pay tithing
Law of the Fast
-Exodus 34:28- don't eat or drink during a fast
-Isaiah 58:6-11- blessings of fasting
-Omni 1:26- if we fast, we will be savedLaw of the Land
-1 Peter 2:13-15- obey the laws of the land
Eternal Marriage
-Matt 16:18-19- keys to bind of earth and heaven
-1 Cor 7:9- better to be married than to be burned
-Hebrews 13:4- marriage is honorable
-1 Peter 3:7- together, heirs of life
-D&C 49:15- he who denies marriage does not know God

-D&C 132:18- If we are married with God’s authority it if forever
Common Problems of Investigators
All Churches Are True
-Matt 7:21- not everyone that shall say "Lord Lord" shall be saved
-Matt 17:14-20- not everything that is done in the same of God is valid/works
-Mark 3:24-25- a divided kingdom cannot stand
-Luke 6:13- Christ called Apostles (not the Pope)
-Acts 2:41-47- have to be a member of Gods church to be saved
-1 Corinthians 1:10,13- be unified, Christ is not divided
-Ephesians 2:20- church is founded upon apostles and prophets
-Ephesians 4:5- One Lord, one faith, one baptism
-Ephesians 4:11-14- and to some he gave prophets, no more tossed to and fro by unsound doctrine
-Colossians 2:8- beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and traditions of man, not after Christ
-1 Thess 2:3-13- how a true minister of Christ is/acts/teaches
-Titus 1:15-16- in a pure person all things are pure. In a defiled person all things are defiled. They say that they know God, but their works deny him
-1 Nephi 13:26- many plain and precious truths were taken
-1 Nephi 14:10,12- only 2 churches, Gods and Devils
-2 Nephi 28:3-5- many false churches shall rise and claim that they are of God
-2 Nephi 28- if al churches are true, does this sound right?
-Mosiah 4:14- fighting serves the devil, (churches fighting with each other)
-Mosiah 18:16-17- the name of the Church was "Christ" (before our church there wasn't historically another church that had Christ’s name in the title of the church)
-Mosiah 18:17- the church was called the church of Christ. Baptized by the power and authority
-Mosiah 18:10-29- organization/how God’s church should be. Priests should work for their own money, baptism, and tithing.
Why isn't Joseph Smith in the Bible? (Joseph Smith, apostasy, restoration)
It doesn't say "Jesus" in the Old Testament....
-Ezekiel 37:15-19- stick of Judah/Joseph (Bible/Book of Mormon)
-Isaiah 29:11-12- a sealed book is delivered to one that is not learned
-Malachi 3:1- a messenger will prepare the way for me (2nd Coming)
-Matt 21:42-43- Gospel will be taken from the Jews and restored to the Gentiles
-Matt 24:9-11- prophecy of Apostasy when prophets die
-Acts 3:20-22- restoration through a prophet
-2 Corinthians 13:1-out of the mouth of 2 or 3 will all things come to pass (Bible and Book of Mormon are 2 or 3 witnesses)
-2 Thess 2:3- there shall come a falling away first
-2 Timothy 4:3-4- sound doctrine will not endure
-Heb 9:16-17- prophecy of the death of Joseph Smith
-Revelations 14:6-7- I saw an angel with the everlasting gospel (Moroni with the Book of Mormon)Priesthood Authority
-Matt 10:1- power or authority to cast out unclean spirits
-Romans 10:15- need authority to preach
-Hebrews 5:4-6- must be called of God
-Hebrews 6:20- Jesus had Melchisedec priesthood and so do we
-Hebrews 7- priesthood in general
-Hebrews 7- there is Melchisedec and Aaronic (11)priesthood
-2 Peter 1:20-21- scriptures are not for private interpretation (Rock of Peter/Christ, Christ made Peter the leader of his Church)
-1 John 15:16- God has to choose you (can't choose yourself)
-Mosiah 21:33- wanted to be baptized, but nobody had the authority
-Alma 13:5-9- priesthood is eternal. God has the priesthool
-Alma 13 (1-18)- Office of High Priest. Responsiblities and qualities
Only 144,000 people will be saved/live with God (Jehovah's Witness belive this 12,000/ each of the 12 tribes of Israel-Rev 7)
-Romans 8:16-17- we are children and heirs of God
-Ephesians  6:9- God is not a respecter of persons
-Revelations 7:9- more will be saved than can be counted, obviously more than 144,000 people
-Rev 21:7- he that overcometh shall inherit all
-2 Nephi 30:2- anyone that repents is chosen of God
-2 Nephi 33:12- All can be saved
-3 Nephi 27:16- whoso repents, I will hold guiltless
Modern Revelation/prophets
-Proverbs 11:14- where there is counsel (revelation and counsel of prophets) there is safety
-Amos 3:7- surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secrets to the prophets
-Ephesians 3:4-5- mysteries of God are revealed to prophets and apostles through the Spirit
-1 Thess 5:20- despise not prophesying’s
-Mormon 9:7-10- he who denies prophets and revelation does not know GodWhy don't we worship the Virgin Mary
-2 Kings 17:12- don't worship idols
-Deuteronomy 33:1-3-saints are members of the Church, not idols or images
-Luke 11:27- blessed are they that keep the word of the Lord, not Mary
-Acts 4:10-12- no other name whereby we can be saved. Only through Christ-1 Timothy 2:15- Christ is the only mediator with the Father
-Hebrews 9:24- God does not dwell in figures made by man, but lives in Heaven
-1 John 2:1-2- Christ is the only mediator with God
-Alma 7:6- don’t worship idols. I hope you worship the true and living God
The Trinity
-Mosiah 15:1-4- how/why Christ is called the Father and the Son but is the same person. Jesus is not Heavenly Father
-Hebrews 9:27- we die once, then we're judged
-Jacob 4:13- if it wasn't manifested to a prophet by the Holy Ghost is isn't of God, the Holy Ghost doesn't lie
-Alma 12:27- after death we are judged. No second lives/reincarnation
How to overcome addiction
-Philippians 4:13- I can do all things in Christ, which strengtheneth me
-Mosiah 7:33- if you turn to the Lord he will deliver you from bondage (addiction)

They're just plain stubborn/don't want to listen
-1 Samuel 15:23- stubbornness is idolatry. Deny God because of your stubbornness. Deny your own exaltation
-1 Nephi 15:2-3- didn't believe or look to the Lord to understand the great things that were spoken unto him

-Colossians 3:18-21- commandment go have a good family
-Titus 2:4-5- women should stay at home if possible
-3 John 1:4- I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in faith
-Hebrews 11- through faith, all of these things were possible
-D&C 64:10- you have to forgive all, but I will forgive whom I will
Second Coming
-Mosiah 29:27- when the majority of the people choose wickedness, the Lord will visit them with destruction
Missionary Work
-Hebrews 4:12- the word of God is sharper than any 2 edged sword. Divideth the soul asunder
-Hebrews 5:12-14- teach to the knowledge/capabilities of the people you are teaching
-1 Peter 5:1-4- members should teach the gospel willingly, and be examples. They will recieve a crown of glory
-1 Peter 3:15-16- always be ready to answer a question about the Church
-Alma 4:6,8,16,19- the power of pure testimony is great
-Alma 9:2- suppose ye that we should believe the testiomny of one man? This is why we teach in companionships.
-Alma 16:13-14- Alma and Amulek weren't respectors of persons in their teachings, neither should we
-Alma 17:11-17,20- no matter how bad you think your area/mission is, at least you're not them
-Alma 18:24-28- even if you have a crappy area, you can make it work out
-Alma 18:42- this is how you know when you've taught a good lesson
Funny Scriptures
-Genesis 9:20-24- put a blanket on Noah and turned their heads away to they wouldn't see him naked
-Genesis 17:15-19- God told Abraham that his wife would have a son."He fell on his face and laughed". An old lady having a kid? That's funny. =).
-Genesis 18:9-15- when Sarah heard that she was going to have a child she started laughing too. God asks,"Were you laughing?" No of course I wasn't....Yes you were... I was serious. You will have a child
-Genesis 25:21-26- what's happening Lord? My children are fighting inside of me! Esau came out red and hairy. Possible the first Bigfoot.
-Genesis 25:28- Isaac loved Esau more because he gave him food (really good meat)
-Genesis 27:1-4-  the last thing that Isaac wanted before he died was that stupid meat lol. Of all the things, that's what he asks for....
-Genesis 27- Jacob puts on goat fur and pretends to be Esau. Jacob jips Esau out of his birthright and his blessing from Isaac. Not very nice of Jacob.....
-Genesis 42:24, 43:29-31- Joseph turns away to cry so they won't see him crying. Then he wipes his face off, regains his composure and then continues pretending to be this mighty, and stern ruler =)
-Exodus 4:3- Moses ran away from him own staff when it turned into a snake. Eeeeekkkkk! A snake!!! Lol.
-Proverbs 10:1- a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother
-Proverbs 13:20- hanging out with smart people, don't have stupid friends
-Proverbs 16:22- the instruction of fools is folly
-Proverbs 17:12- it is better to be attacked by a bear who lost her cubs than to be a fool caught in his folly
-Proverbs 17:21- the father of a fool hath not joy
-Proverbs 17:28- keeping your mouth shut somtimes is wise
-Proverbs 20:29-the beauty of an old man is in his grey hair -Proverbs 21:9- it is better to be on the roof than inside with a brawling woman -Proverbs 21:19- it is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry women -Proverbs 29:11- a fool speaks his whole mind, a wise man waits -2 Thess 3:8-don't be lazy and live off welfare -1 Timothy 2:11-14- women don't have a right to talk or ursurp authority over man -1 Timothy 4:3-4- don't be vegetarian or vegan -Mosiah 19:1-15(*14)- charmed with the beauty of their women. Even savage Lamanites were rendered helpless by beautiful women lol. -Alma 11:22-25- Oh thou child of hell....wow....super machette lol. -Alma 18:42- this is how you know when you've taught a good lesson

I don't even know where to put these -Alma 14- Alma and Amulek are awesome, faithful, long suffering, power. Studs -Alma 15:16- are we willing to do what Amulek did for the sake of the Chruch?