We are working hard to see changes in our area, to see changes in ourselves, and to see changes in the people we are working with! I am grateful for the strength that Heavenly Father is giving me to keep working hard!
A member of one of our wards spoke to us on Sunday about teaching a lady who is in his neighborhood. She had a few questions, and he figured it would be a good time for us to come and speak with her! She is Methodist, and her husband passed away last year. She is struggling to cope with the loss, but she has a lot of faith. We taught her about the restoration of the gospel and told her about the plan of salvation that our Heavenly Father has for us, and she really liked what we were talking about. By the end, she said "Well i'm not interested in changing religions..." BUT, she said she would start reading the Book of Mormon! If she reads it prayerfully with an open heart, she will know, by the power of the Holy Ghost that this church is true!
We met a young couple, she is less active and he is not a member. They have been going to some other churches, trying to find a place that they like, but nothing feels right. We were able to share our testimonies with them, and we could really tell that her husband was feeling the spirit. Hopefully we can help them to find true peace and happiness!
We got a phone call late Saturday night from a young girl who said her friend is interested in taking the missionary lessons! We love when people call us with people ready and willing to be taught! We are excited to meet her this week!
We had interviews with our mission president yesterday and received some really great training. We talked about the difference between the Law of Moses and the higher law that Jesus Christ taught. The people needed a little more help to be obedient, so they were given the Law of Moses. Unfortunately, they kind of missed the point and focused too much on the technicalities and actions involved in the law. When Christ came He helped them to realize that it can be boiled down to the two greatest commandments found in Matthew chapter 22 verses 37-40:
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Everything we do can be brought back to these two things: Do we love our neighbor? Do we love the Lord? I have come to know that when I truly love God, I am willing to do anything He asks. And when I do what He asks, that is when I find real, lasting happiness.
I love you all, and I hope you're smiling!