Hello! September 2nd 2013
I can't believe another week has already flown by. Seriously. Time just needs to stop for a while and I would be a happy camper. We are so busy that sometimes it is hard to keep up but I love being busy because that means people are coming closer to Christ. The Lord has blessed our area so much. We have investigators to teach and they are all progressing and the sisters we work with are just amazing. Sometimes, you simply feel that you don't deserve all the blessings the Lord is giving you. We love them and are so grateful for them but when you think back to all that the Lord has already done and all that he is doing, it is overwhelming sometimes to see the Love the Lord has for his Children.
Our investigator, Jimmy, passed his Baptismal interview and is going to be baptized this Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so excited for him and he is doing so well. He loves the Gospel and he has changed so much and is already sharing his testimony and the Book of Mormon with others. That is the changing power of the Gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We also have another investigator we just set a date with for October 26th. He is a completely different person as well. He knows that the Book of Mormon has a power to heal because he has felt it. When we first met him, He was kind of bitter about certain things, but now he is just at peace. AND it wasn't even us that brought up baptism. He brought it up and we just followed the Spirit. I love both of these men so dearly. It is has been a changing experience for me as well to see the Gospel work in their lives and to see them come closer to Christ. We have quite a few other investigators that are progressing towards baptism. We have invited most of them at least twice but they are hesitant because they just want to make sure it is true. Which is a good thing because that is what leads to a lasting conversion. The Less-active families we are working with are doing well. They are all seeing the Gospel work in their lives and are really trying to follow God and his commandments.
We had 1 exchange this week with the sisters. It was so much fun! The Sister I went with has been out for 4 weeks but you would think she had been out for 6 months. She is awesome. Such a wonderful teacher and so prepared to share the Gospel. She will probably train next transfer and she will only be 6 weeks in!!! That is just amazing.
Our zone Conference was awesome! The mission president and His wife came with the Assistants to the President and did the training. They talked a lot about that we, as missionaries, can have even greater blessings from the Lord as we show him he can trust us. And as the Lord trusts us more, he will place more prepared people in our path to talk to. It was a really good training. This week, we have another meeting which is called mission leadership council for all the zone leaders and sister training leaders. We are trained on what we need to teach the missionaries and talk about the needs in the mission. I love this meeting a lot. It is cool to be a part of it and see how it all works. We will only have 1 exchange this week due to the meeting and also our baptism this weekend. We both need to be here for that!!!
It is an exciting time in the history of the Church. The prophecy that the Gospel would be preached to the whole world is being fulfilled right now. This is the time that Prophets of old have testified would come. (can you imagine the smile of their faces?) And we have the privilege of being apart of the Lord's kingdom as it moves forward with urgency. I am so grateful for the Gospel and especially the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know His power is real and that he can heal us no matter what we have been through. This Is Christ's true Church once again established on the Earth with the Power and Authority given from God to direct His church. The Book of Mormon is true and it is real. It changes lives every day. I am grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and the faith he had to ask God. His simply act of faith changed the history of the world. And we have the chance to change someone's eternity. Never be scared to share your testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone around you. There is nothing more rewarded and touching than seeing someone's life change and their eternities change as well. The time to act is now. More than ever before, there is a need for the Gospel to be shared with everyone. Only the Gospel will be able to heal all nations, and people. And we have it in our hands and in our hearts. I love this Gospel and am so grateful to be here and share it every day. I testify of these things and I know they are true and I do so humbly, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.