Monday, November 5, 2012

Vote of Die??!?!?!

Hello Everyone!
I hope all is well. For awhile we were getting some chilly weather but its back to normal but not too hot. Nice and cool. We biked lots this week. Including the Granda bridge. Oh my, our thighs and bottoms were in some pain!
This week was kind of slow. Really sad. NEVERTHELESS, we had a good time and tried to make the most out of it. We taught 10 lessons, probably the weakest in my whole mission. We also didnt find a lot of people. No body wanted the Gospel. But we know and belive that "....for ye recieve no witness untl after the trial of your faith." Ether 12:6. We are being tried but we arent letting go. We arent coming down from the wall, we have a great work to do! (Nehiama reference). Halloween we werent bale to go out so we bought some halloween candy, got into our moo-moo dresses, and updated our area book. We are making mega map book so if appointments fall through we have solid back ups. We are going through our area book like crazy. Which leads us to Sunday, we made contact with a former, his name is Wolfgang and yes he is from Germany! He is intersted in Jospeh Smith and more specifics. We are going back there this week. Good thing Sister Allen is from Germany too and her husand is the stake patriarch.
This upcoming week is the elections and I was able to fill out my ballot this week, with much prayer, since I dont know a lot, I was able to exercise my right to vote in this country and its always an exciting time. Which brings me to share a few articles of faith from what the Church has put out for the world. The Articles of Faith are the official doctrine of the Church. Here is just two of them, if you would like to see the 11 others you can CLICK HERE

 11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

 12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.


I picked these two to share this week in order for others to have a better understanding of the LDS Church. We believe everyone has a right to worship how they please and we arent here to take away from anyone, just build on to what they know to be true. If they want. We dont forec anything on it. Also, church and state are seperate but we know that our religious views effect the way we see the world and how we beleive the things should be done. The next article of faith, we believe in goverment. So we beleive in being active in goverment. We live in a country where we are free to choose. Heavenyl Father paved the way for the Restoration of the Gospel to be in this country for that reason. So we need to ACT. And this week I was able to exercise my right as an American Citizen. And just some fun facts about the church and goverment.

The Church does not:

  • Endorse, promote or oppose political parties, candidates or platforms.
  • Allow its church buildings, membership lists or other resources to be used for partisan political purposes.
  • Attempt to direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to. This policy applies whether or not a candidate for office is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Attempt to direct or dictate to a government leader.

The Church does:

  • Encourage its members to play a role as responsible citizens in their communities, including becoming informed about issues and voting in elections.
  • Expect its members to engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner, respecting the fact that members of the Church come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and may have differences of opinion in partisan political matters.
  • Request candidates for office not to imply that their candidacy or platforms are endorsed by the Church.
  • Reserve the right as an institution to address, in a nonpartisan way, issues that it believes have significant community or moral consequences or that directly affect the interests of the Church.
So go out and vote! and have a great week!!
love, sister ploth.

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