Elder Collings – Notes From The Field

Hello! To answer your questions, yeah it was pretty fun seeing someone from home! It didn’t distract me or anything, it was just weird already knowing someone and them knowing about Grantsville haha. The temple trip went awesome! Johnathan and Natalie loved it. They’re working on picking a date to get married now. They want her to get baptized before we leave. Idk when they’ll be married though, hopefully soon! I had Interviews with my mission President not too long ago. It was great! Usually it’s like 5 minutes, but we were together a good 20-25 minutes. He asked if I had any questions, and I had a few. The one he spent the most time explaining to me was the one I’ve been pondering and studying the most. The question was; How was Jesus Christ able to resist sin and temptation without devine intervention?
We know that Jesus Christ didn’t have a sort of super human ability to resist sin. If he did, he would cease to be the “Savior”. He had to be tempted and tried just like the rest of us. Paul taught us that “he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren” (Hebrews 2: 16-17). In Alma 7:13 we learn that, “the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people”. Then Jacob added his testimony that the Savior “suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh.” (2 Nephi 9:5). So, if Jesus Christ felt the temptations of the natural man combined with the fiery darts of the advisary the same way we feel them, how was he able to resist all?
This question has been bugging me. I knew there had to be a fair answer somewhere, but I couldn’t find it! What does Jesus Christ have that I’m missing? Well, President kinda seemed puzzled by the question at first but then gave me the answer I’ve been waiting to hear 🙂 He brought up the story of Jesus teaching at the Temple when he was a boy. At first I didn’t know what that had to do with anything but then it all made sense!
The fact that Jesus was teaching at such a young age reveals that Jesus Christ knew exactly who he was and what he was sent to accomplish. Jesus Christ had a perfect understanding of where he came from and what his role in the Plan of Salvation was. Because he had that perfect understanding he knew that he could not afford to make a mistake or else he, and the rest of God’s children’s would be lost forever. There is no other name that Salvation may be brought save it be the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 🙂 So because Jesus had a perfect understanding of who he was and where he came from, he was able to preform perfectly 🙂 Isn’t that just amazing to you?! It completely blew my mind! I hope you’re as excited about this as I was haha! It’s made me really look into my purpose as a missionary and a Son of God.
Anyways, I hope you guys have a good week! P.S. I miss placed my camera and don’t have a clue where it is haha… love you!
Elder Collings

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  1. Bridger, it sounds like you are really growing in your faith in Christ. I liked the question you asked your mission pres. It gave me thought as well. Here is my evangelical perspective on that! At every point of temptation, Jesus Christ resisted, but not on his own power. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, as is every believer who completely relies on the blood of Jesus Christ to forgive and cleanse them from their sins as it says in EJphesions 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you are saved, and not of yourselves, it is a gift of God lest any man should boast!” (and you know we would boast if salvation could be accomplished by our won good works!) He did not perform perfectly, but rather yielded himself and his own will and relied on the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to resist. It was all Gods power – Christ yielding his own will to-only do the Fathers will-the Holy Spirit empowering the resistance. Just the same way the Holy Spirit fills believers today and empowers to resist temptation; like it says in I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” He provides that way out by relying on His power – that same power to resist is ours in Christ. That is exciting!

    I like the point you shared about how Jesus, even as a young boy, knew who he was and acted in accordance with that. Luke 52:2 “And Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature and in favor with God and man.” A challenge and an example for us as well.

    I read all your updates and keep you in my prayers. May you continue to fall more in love with Jesus! -Aunt Janet

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