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Elder Trevon Oliver Turley
Massachusetts Boston Mission
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A challenge for you

Yeah He is the Gift is way awesome indeed. Although I got to watch it in the MTC since the guy who runs the media missionary department of the church came and spoke to us and showed us the video. Fun Fact: the music to the video was based off of that song by Christina Aguilar and that duet she did with some guy awhile back. I dont remember the name since the mission veil is thick on me right now but I'm pretty sure it started with an "S".

The place we had thanksgiving does normally have electricity but with the storms there was no power but it was a lot of fun regardless.

Yeah I'm enjoying the 24 days til Christmas package. It's been fun to try and guess what's in each one before I open it. Thanks Mom. 

I was in the MTC with the guy in Lances picture from his last letter. His name is Elder Childress. Could you somehow get that message to Lance for me, thanks. 

You should start getting an email from Sister Handfield pretty soon. Her family is the one that reminds me of the Shoemakers so I really like them. In fact she should be sending you a picture of me so hopefully it will hold you over until I remember to bring my camera with me on PDay. 

You'll get a more personal letter next week but for now I want to challenge anybody reading this to do as I ask here. Our mission President has been working with Elder Holland developing what they call 'Knot Chapters". The idea is that understanding the atonement is like climbing a rope. There are certain things you cant see or understand until you have reached a certain height. The idea behind these chapters is that they're like knots in the rope to help us find a grip and hold onto to help us climb that rope. I'm going to give you the list of knot chapters and ask that you at least one a week using the read, pray, write (RPW) method described in "The Power of Everyday Missionaries". I'm going to copy the letter President Emailed us talking about these chapters.

President Packard

Dear Elders and Sisters,

The atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important, most beautiful, most sublime doctrine we will ever study. It has profound personal and cosmic significance. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that all things “which pertain to our religion are only appendages” to the atonement of Jesus Christ. Despite the atonement’s obvious significance, none of us know enough about it. Sometimes, church members behave as if they have already heard so much about the atonement, they need to look for something “deeper” to study when, in fact, the atonement has all the depth they should ever need or want. 

We believe that coming to understand the atonement of Jesus Christ is a lot like climbing a rope. It takes effort. Moreover, in this journey towards understanding the atonement, there are some places that a person cannot go until they have already attained certain strengths and attributes. To help us climb the rope of our understanding, the Lord has given us some scriptural passages that are like knots in the rope. These passages are extremely helpful and give us something upon which we can firmly grip. Their scope and depth are breathtaking. We refer to these passages as “knot chapters.” Many of them are contained in the Book of Mormon, which was given to us for the “convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.” This past week, we have gone through the Book of Mormon and have identified the following 15 “knot chapters” for your consideration. They are:

1) Lehi’s final discourse to his posterity in 2 Nephi 2;
2) Jacob’s words to the people of Nephi contained in 2 Nephi 6-9 with an emphasis on Chapter 9;
3) Nephi’s explanation of the Doctrine of Christ in 2 Nephi 31;
4) Jacob’s “few words” written upon plates in Jacob 4;
5) King Benjamin’s speech in Mosiah 2-5. The whole speech is spectacular, but some of the key atonement passages are found in chapters 2 and 3;
6) Abinadi’s words before King Noah in Mosiah 15-16;
7) Alma’s words to the Church in Gideon in Alma 7;
8) Alma and Amulek’s confrontation with Zeezrom in Alma 11-12;
9) Amulek’s words to the Zoramites in Alma 34;
10) Alma’s words to his son Corianton in Alma 39-42 with an emphasis on Chapter 42;
11) The doctrinal portion of Samuel the Lamanite’s prophesy in Helaman 14;
12) Jesus’ initial discourse to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 11;
13) Jesus’ explanation of “my gospel” to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 27;
14) Moroni’s call to those who do not believe in Christ in Mormon 9;
15) Mormon’s epistle to Moroni in Moroni 8.

We realize that creating a list like this will open a discussion about whether we selected the best passages. We welcome this kind of discussion, and hope that you will add other favorites to your own list. However, the chapters we have identified are filled with profound insight. You can study them for a lifetime and never plum all their depths. If you truly understand these chapters, you will be well on your way to understanding the atonement. We pray that you will allow the Book of Mormon to truly convert you to the Savior Jesus Christ and His atonement. When this happens, your life will have more context and purpose, and your missionary efforts will be more focused and effective.

President and Sister Packard

Now the  RPW method is as follows:
pray for the spirit as you read and ask to have specific questions or revelation revealed
read the chapter
write what you've learned

Now repeat the process asking for the spirit of confirmation to make sure that what you've learned is what Heavenly Father wants you to learn
read the chapter again
revise your notes
finally end with a prayer of gratitude for what you've learned

I know that as you do this your love for, appreciation of,  understanding of,  and ability to use the atonement of Jesus Christ will become more personal and will grow so much.

I love you all and wish the very best for each of you
Elder Turley

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