This has been a truly amazing week for us here in our area. I am so very thankful for all of the many blessings that we experience as we are missionaries in the Lord's work. I strive to constantly look for improvement in all that I do and I am thankful for the patience that my Heavenly Father has in me in laboring in His work. How amazing is it that the work is moving bold and nobly throughout the world. This truly is a marvelous work and it is amazing that all of us have the opportunity to embark in His work to help his children come unto him.
I would like to share a thought that I have been thinking about over this past week. It is remarkable to think about the sacrifice that many believers put into preserving and even bringing forth scripture for us to enjoy and to strengthen our love and knowledge for the savior and His gospel. I would like to talk about the closing remarks of the Book of Mormon written by Moroni in Moroni Chapter 10. Towards the beginning of the chapter, Moroni seals up the records and writes words of his own. It is amazing to read the end of the Book of Mormon and to see the amazing invitation given to us all. He says: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."
I know as we come unto Christ and strive to become like Him, we will receive His grace and a remission of our sins more abundantly in our lives. Through our Savior, Jesus Christ and His atonement we can become perfected. How amazing it is that through Him and through His gospel we can enjoy peace, happiness, and growth in this life and salvation in the world to come.
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with our District leader Elder Hutchings. It was such a great time being able to learn new things from him in teaching and in contacting others. It was very fun being able to share memories from the MTC as well. We were able to visit with many less active families and recent converts that they had in their area. He truly is a great example in being dedicated and consecrated in the work of the Lord. We have an amazing district!
We were also able to do many member visits through out the week which are an amazing opportunity to get to know the members and to see where we can help out in the Ward. It has been such a blessing visiting with the members and seeing their strong faith in the gospel. We have been making a major emphasis on working with members and we were able to visit with the Stevens family and were referred to their good friend Roger across from their house. Afterwards we visited with Roger and had an amazing lesson about the Book of Mormon and the Atonement. We're excited to continue going back and in meeting with him and having the Stevens uplift and support him in learning more about the gospel. I love being able to work with the members of the Ward in building up the church in this area.
We met with James Nixon this week and we talked about the Ten Commandments and their importance in our lives. We have been striving to help him see the influence of the Holy Ghost in his life and in helping him receive an answer that the Church is true. I know as we share with him the blessings of going to church and in being baptized, the spirit will testify to him of the truthfulness of the gospel. We were able to meet with Lemeoy Wiebush this week and shared with him the Word of Wisdom and talked about the many blessings that we receive both temporally and spiritually as we obey this law. It is always a great time being able to visit with Lemeoy and in talking with him about the gospel. It is pretty amazing to see his knowledge of the gospel grow and in seeing his testimony strengthened as well. We hope that his wife's heart will be softened so that she will be able to learn more about the gospel and in having Lemoey baptized.
I want you all to know that the gospel is true! It has been restored to the earth by the prophet Joseph smith. He saw our Father in heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ and was lead and guided to bring forth the fulness of the gospel once again on the earth. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and was given for us to bring peace, hope, and happiness to our lives. I know that my Savior lives. He is real and loves each and everyone of us. I know as we follow Him and choose His gospel, we will have a greater abundance of peace, love, and joy come into our lives. If you are going through a trial or a challenge that is hard to bear, look to Him who has carried our sorrows and who has felt our pain. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah 41:10). He truly will carry us through our trials and hardships as we embrace Him and His gospel.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes and for the letters. I love you all so much! I am so very thankful for my family and friends and for all that you do for me. I hope you all have an amazing week.