I got to speak in church today. They asked me to talk about Joseph Smith (since today is the day he died in 1844) and the priesthood. I like to talk in church. It doesn't make me nervous at all. Here is my talk:
"Last week I had the opportunity to visit Nauvoo, Illinois with my family. I got to see the temple and part of the city Joseph Smith built. It was fantastic!
In the visitor’s center, I saw a statue of Joseph kneeling before Jesus and Heavenly Father representing the vision in the Sacred Grove. I am very grateful for all that Joseph Smith did to restore the gospel in its fullness.
Because the priesthood was restored on earth, I have been personally blessed in several ways. My father and brothers hold the priesthood and they have participated in giving me a blessing when I was given a name as a new baby, when I was baptized, and when I was given the priesthood myself.
I have been given many, many blessings for my health by different worthy men who hold the priesthood. I am very grateful for those blessings which have saved my life.
Because I hold the Aaronic Priesthood, I am able to serve others by passing the sacrament (which I really like to do) and I now get to be a home teacher. My dad is my companion. I love to go home teaching and I love the families we visit.
Holding the priesthood gives us many opportunities to serve. I look forward to being able to bless the sacrament some day. I look forward to being worthy enough to give blessings by the laying on of hands to someone in need someday.
I am very grateful for Joseph Smith and how he helped restore the Priesthood. I know he was a true prophet. I know President Monson is a true prophet, too. I am thankful for the Bishop and how he encourages me. I am thankful for my priesthood quorum leaders and the good examples they are to me. I am thankful for my parents and all those who help and love me.
I know Heavenly Father is real. I know the church is true.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I felt like a pioneer on this trip because I made it through the long drive, conquered some fears, saw new country, and met new people. I'm very glad I went Here I am in the visitor's center at the highest point of I-80 between Laramie and Cheyene, WY.
President Lincoln had a vision to make a interstate highway from east to west and so he was honored at this spot. It was a really big monument.
We stopped at Winter Quarters, Nebraska and spent some time in the visitor's center. We met a very nice sister missionary. I can't remember her name. She let me pull a handcart. She was from West Jordan, UT, right near where Jess lives.
On Saturday we went to Nauvoo, IL. I got to cross the Mississippi. It was a very big river! One fun place in Nauvoo is where they have pioneer games. I liked making the man flip over with the toy above.
It was pretty hot at Nauvoo, but it was a nice day. The temple is pretty.
Here I am near the steps of the Nauvoo Temple with my niece and nephews. They are Jared (the tall one), Brenden, Alyssa and Scott.