This week has been a great start to transfers! It has been exciting working with Elder Giddens and I look forward to how we will grow in this area and help others come to the knowledge of the restored gospel. I admire my companions ability in the Spanish language and I have been influenced greatly by his teaching abilities. I am thankful for his knowledge of missionary work and for his desire to serve the Lord and to labor in His vineyard. I can't wait to see the miracles and tender mercies of the Lord in these next 6 weeks. I know as we work diligently and with faith, those miracles will take place and we will be instruments in the Lord's hands to further his work. A few scriptures that I enjoyed reading in my studies this past week was in 2 Nephi 2:6-7: "Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered."
As we go before our Heavenly Father through humble prayer with a sincere desire to change and repent of our mistakes, we will feel of his love in our lives and a greater resolve to do what is right. As we repent with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, we will gain peace of conscience and develop a greater love and understanding of our Savior and His Atonement. How amazing it is that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be cleansed from sin and be made worthy to return to His presence for eternity.
Earlier this week, we had the opportunity in visiting with Keila Yamamoto who requested a Book of Mormon online. We delivered it to her and shared a brief message about the restoration and the importance of the Book of Mormon. It was great being able to have our Ward Mission leader there, Bro. Garner. He has a way of really connecting with those that we are teaching and is a great fellowship to those that we come in contact with. We talked about the fulness of the gospel being restored through the Book of Mormon and the personal ministry of the Savior among the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. She was very interested and asked many different questions which we enjoyed answering. It brings me great joy to see others embrace the gospel and I hope that as Keila reads from the Book of Mormon that she will receive a witness of its truthfulness by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know as she ponders its message with a sincere and honest heart, she will also come to know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God and that Christ's kingdom is here upon the earth. We are excited to visit her again this coming week to see how she is growing in her knowledge of the gospel.
The same day that we met with Keila we had a great lesson with Tiffany where we also talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon. Her understanding of the gospel has been increasing and it is neat seeing a greater light come into her life. We talked about how as we not only read and study the Book of Mormon but as we live by its principles, we will receive many blessings from living the gospel and in becoming followers of Jesus Christ. We invited her to be baptized as she comes to know that these things are true and she accepted! We hope when we have another lesson this next week that we can set a firm date that we can progress towards so that she can experience the full blessings of the gospel. I truly hope that she will feel that this is the right path for her and that she will desire the peace and comfort that comes through living the gospel. It will be neat to see how she will progress!
We had a great lesson with the Poole family this week who have been semi-less active. We talked about the blessings that we receive from daily scripture study in our personal time and along with our families. Reading from the scriptures is a lot like nourishing our physical bodies, if we don't feed and nourish ourselves, our bodies suffer. The same is with our spiritual life. As we read from the scriptures, we strengthen our connection with our Heavenly Father and grow in our love and understanding of the gospel. We have a greater view of our relationship with our Father in Heaven and our purpose here on Earth. We begin to realize how much we truly depend on him and in his tender mercies in our lives. I know as we read the scriptures personally and as families, we will be fortified and strengthened through the trials that we face. The answers to our personal questions can be found as we search and feast upon Christ's word. We will see that the scriptures are more than paper bound in leather, but principles to live by that will help us become better followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. I know as we allow these words to sink deep into our hearts, we will feel our Savior's love in greater abundance and a greater resolve to help others in their progress on the Gospel path.
It has been a tender mercy for me to see the growth that I have made in nearly the year that I have been on my mission. I can't express how thankful I am for the Gospel and the strength that I have received as I have applied the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Its enabling power is such a blessing in our lives and it is truly amazing to think of the help and comfort that we receive as we turn to our Heavenly Father for his guidance. He is always there to help us through the trials and challenges that we face.
Thank you for all the support! I hope you are having a wonderful summer!