Dear Family and Friends,
What a great start to transfers! It has been a great blessing for me to serve along side my trainee Elder Mertens. He is an amazing Elder who has great desires to serve and bring others unto Christ. I admire his love for the work and his devotion to his calling. He is a wonderful teacher and I am excited to see him grow this transfer.
I would like to share a quote by Elder Anderson from this most recent General Conference relating to missionary work:
"When you share the love of the Savior with another, your grade is always an A+".
We can take great comfort that no matter what the results of us sharing the gospel, not matter what we say, as long as we share the love of our Savior, we are always successful and A+ missionaries. I know as we learn more of our Savior and embrace His gospel, sharing the gospel will flow naturally because it is who we are. What a joy it is to share the gospel and to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.
On Thursday we had the opportunity to share the Plan of Salvation with Reyes and we discussed more about our purpose here in this life. We read from 2 Nephi 2 which outlines the Plan of salvation pretty well. We are hoping to meet with him more often to help in his progress towards baptism. I hope that he can continue strengthening his knowledge of the gospel and his desires to be baptized into the church.
We also had a great lesson with John where we talked about the Plan of Salvation as well. It was neat being able to have Bro. Johnson from the bishopric come with us. He gave an amazing testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it has blessed him in his life. How amazing it is that we have our Savior's Atonement to comfort and heal us in this life.
We also had a wonderful lesson with the Mutter family who are recent converts. We talked about the importance of the temple as well as the significance that family history plays in the plan of salvation. Temples are amazing! We are so blessed to have the opportunity to go to the house of the Lord and partake of His spirit there. As we go to the temple, we better learn of the purpose of our life here on earth. We also learn of the significance that the gospel plays in our daily lives. I know as we go to the temple often, we will have the ability and power to face every trial and to overcome every temptation. How blessed we are to have temples here on earth.
I am so very thankful for living Prophets and Apostles who lead and direct us in these Latter-Days. I am often filled with peace and hope as I listen to their words. Greater happiness and joy comes as we live their teachings and more fully follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that this gospel has been restored again on the earth. We are truly blessed to know where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. As we obey our Savior's gospel, we will find greater meaning and purpose in our lives. We will become better prepared to live with our Heavenly Father again someday.
Have a blessed week!