Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Hey guys! This week has been pretty good. Hot but good! We have been working more with the members to find new people and find less actives. There are about 200 people who are less actives in our area. Thats a lot. And we have been having much success. Our mission focuses on families. We have to do our normal planning and then every week we have to make goals for families. We have 2 families we are going to baptize and all together it is 6 baptisms, but we have to marry them first. haha. So thats a little more of a challenge. So we have 10 baptism dates, and 2 families. All for the month of April and the beginning of May! Its crazy! But its cool to see how both of those families have been prepared to be baptized. All that was needed was for us to find them. There are a few things different about this mission than other missions. Like, we dont have cell phones.... But we will receive them the month of April! Finally! Next step, Ipads! I highly doubt this mission will get anything like that. Not the best conditions for that kind of thing.... This mission really is awesome. Something that you notice, is how it was possible for all of the Churches to become so far away from the doctrine of Christ during the apostasy. Then you remember just how hard Satan works to destroy everything good. I never knew before my mission how much of the things we know in our church (and people seem to ridicule) are in the Bible! Our town is small. Maybe about 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other, but there are 43 churches. And the people dont really like us that much because their pastors fill their heads with lies. But theres one thing we have, and thats the Book of Mormon, and the promise given to us, that if we read it with an open heart and contrite spirit, the spirit will manifest the truth of ALL things unto us. And that is true. I have seen people with hard hearts who didn't necessarily want to listen to us, just Bible bash, receive a change of heart, and a knowledge that we know. And that is the purpose of a missionary. To invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through FAITH in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, REPENTANCE, BAPTISM, RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST and ENDURING TO THE END. The 5 principles of the Gospel. And sometimes they are the simplest to do, but Satan works on the Children of God. Satan would have it that every single person on the Earth to be as miserable as him. Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church, that will help us to receive eternal happiness. Only through Jesus Christ, can we recieve that blessing. Only through Jesus Christ can we be cleansed of our sins. He has a love for us that we cant understand, and all we need to do is come unto him with a contrite spirit, and a sincere heart. This Church is true, and the Book of Mormon, IS another Testament of Jesus Christ. Always remember to do the little things, like go to church, pay your tithing, say your prayers morning and night, read your scriptures, and love one another. As long as we do those things it is much harder for the adversary to make us slip. I know these things to be true, and all of God's Children can know it. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.