Today we had a half day mission, which is where the members help us out. We went and talked to some people who hadn't been able to get to church and told them how much we missed them. It was amazing to see how many people came and how much the people loved to work with us. Some of them even had to sacrifice time and money to be there and drive us places, but they were happy to do so. I love it here so much!
I have been reading in the bible in addition to my other studies because I haven't ever read it all the way through. As I was reading Leviticus I noticed all the sacrifice they do and how specific they have to be. They have to kill the animal the right way or prepare the food the right way and burn certain parts and do things with other parts and put blood certain places. I wondered how that could be relevant to us, seeing as we don't sacrifice animals anymore. And this is what I came up with. We still have sacrifices in our time, though they aren't animals. We live in a world where everything is very attainable and easy. God asks for different things from us. He asks for us to give up our sins, to sacrifice our desires and wants to him in order to bind ourselves to him in covenant. And the covenants we make are every bit as intricate as sacrifices of old. I also thought about how God doesn't need their animals and how hard it must have been for them to give entire bulls to God, though he doesn't need them. But the sacrifices aren't for God. They are for us. As we give away our sins and covenant with God, we get closer to him.
I hope you all have another great week and I feel your love and support.
Life is good.