Elder Hayden Blackburn - Oklahoma Tulsa Mission.
Serving a voluntary two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Monday, February 25, 2013
Twas a good week
"The weather here has it's ups and downs somedays it's sunny and 50's and the next in the teens but that's no problem we bike in the sleet, ice, rain, snow, we're like the postal service. Except everything around here shuts down if there is like any snow ha ha. The humidity makes everything a lot colder, just a chillier wind. For my Birthday I just bought some groceries and slept...(it was on a P-day) it didn't really feel like a Birthday or anything and I realized that it is kind of weird we celebrate the day we were born, it ought to be 'Mothers' Birthing Day' ---where mothers around the world relax when it is their child's birthday, they sort of take the day off and make up for the pain of the process it took... but I guess it would be weird to sing "Happy Birthing Day to you, Happy Birthing Day to you, Happy Birthing Day dear (insert Mom's name) you had a baby come out of you!" -----ya doesn't really work. ha ha, the work has been going pretty good we have a small pool of investigators now. Yesterday we ate dinner with this really cool family -- they invited a friend over who is very smart - we discussed music, his life, his family, and eventually religion. He has some interesting notions on it and after a long discussion about how you can't really 'know' something (referring to spiritual truths) it was late in the evening and he had to leave. After that night as I was pondering about how that night went I made the connection of ancient intellectuals with this modern professor we had just met. It made me understand how persuading and charismatic Alma the Younger, Paul, Zeezrom, etc. must have been and how they were able to draw such crowds and deter people away from the church. If you want to hear/read a good talk on how we can know something go to speeches.byu.edu and find Truman G. Madsen's talk titled "On how we know". I am grateful that I know that God is our Heavenly Father, Christ is our Savior, Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the Earth with Christ at the head."