That’s what the Savior would do! Gossip is Garbage!

16 09 2015

4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

So that is completely random but i thought it was so funny as i was reading through the Gospel of John earlier this week. Jesus the Christ. The Son of God. Savior and Redeemer of the world. Lord of Lords. King of kings. He is making his disciples breakfast! What an act of humility. He is so perfect…

This week James Hubbard was baptized! We’ve been working with him for a little over a month now. James is one of my favorite people to be around. He is so humble. He understands repentance and forgiveness more than many of the people I’ve taught on my mission. He lives in awful circumstances and is more of a missionary than I ever was before my mission. He is the first to raise his hand to volunteer for prayer on Sunday. He is just an amazing child of God! It’s been such a privilege to work with him and see that despite an unfortunate upbringing, people really can change and choose a new way of life.

Something that has really been on my mind lately has been the subject of gossip. I believe gossip is just garbage. There is no room for gossip in our lives. Often times, a missionary will make a mistake. That missionary will repent of their mistake that they’ve made and then 5 or 6 months later, people are still talking about it. Why….? It does not make sense to me. James Hubbard has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But he has changed now. Why would it be right to constantly bring up those mistakes to him? Or to talk about them with others. It really does not accomplish anything productive. Each and everyone of us messes up on a daily basis. However, because of the Savior, we can be forgiven. We can be clean and our garments made white. The Lord will remember our sins no more. If the Lord will no longer remember our sins, why should we remember other peoples sins? Gossiping robs the atonement. It prevents people from being able to repent and leave the past in the past. How much more beneficial would it be to spend our time talking about the good traits and good things that each of us has done. That’s what the Savior would do. That is such a HAPPIER thing to talk about! Talk about how amazing people are! You can look at anyone that you will ever meet and find out something amazing about them! And love them for it! Gossip, guilt, and grudges all come from the adversary. Forgiveness, relief, and peace all come from God. We need to keep in mind that people can change. As we do that, we will be happier. We will have more peace. And we will become more like the Savior.

I’m grateful for Him and his love. For His atonement. I know that it is only through Him and that atonement that we can return to our Father in Heaven free of guilt from this life! I’m grateful for amazing friends and family who have been so supportive and nonjudgmental of me in my life. You guys are awesome!

Keep it classy! Have a great week!

Elder Fischer

1. Elder Dyer and I matching. #TooCute

2. James Baptism

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