Another week passed by…

Hello all! Let’s dive in,

When we choose another path from the one we know to be right, as taught to us by our parents, leaders, and confirmed to our own hearts by the Holy Ghost — it’s like trying to run a marathon with no shoes on. We tell ourselves we’re not “really doing anything that wrong”, that it “doesn’t really matter” and that nothing “all that bad” will result from us letting go of the iron rod just a little bit. Perhaps we believe that others are doing worse and we won’t be negatively impacted anyway. We convince ourselves that we are the exception to the rule and are therefore immune to the consequences of breaking it. But the blisters will come, the aching in our feet will fester, and we will soon realize that God’s plan for us is for our safety and happiness.

I know this to be true. I promise you that faith in Jesus Christ and living the gospel is the only way back to live with our Father in heaven. There is “no other way, nor means” in which salvation is possible.

In other news, the weeks are flying by! It’s crazy to think i’ve already been out on my mission for longer than a month! The experiences I’ve had in helping others come closer to the Savior are beyond words. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Lord’s work and being able to serve the people in Bakersfield California!

It actually rained last night and early this morning which was crazy because i’m pretty sure I haven’t seen any clouds since I got here haha!

Something important I’ve learned: My prayers have become a lot more meaningful and sincere. Yes, that means I’m spending a little more time on my knees each night, but the relationship I’m developing with my Savior is of so much more worth than the amount of sleep I lose!
Might I suggest something?
When you pray, try taking a notebook and a pen with you, ready to write down and act upon the promptings you receive. This has helped me turn my will over to the Lord’s and understand Him in a more personal way. You have the power to receive personal revelation! Counsel with Him, let Him help you in your personal and family endeavors!

I think of and pray for you all each night, if there is anything I can do for you let me know! I wish you all the best.

Elder Parr

PS here are a few pictures of Bakersfield and a Cessna I found while knocking doors!!

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