This week went by faster than last week! It is so crazy! This week was
also a week where I was in the doctors office! No worries I only have
tension headaches but the doctor prescribed me some muscle relaxers.
I'm basically in heaven now. A mix between stress, my shoulder
condition, and being hunched over on a bike 4 days a week led to a
killer pain in the front part of my head. I was worried that I had
brain issues or something! But all is well.
I don't really remember much from this week, my memory is terrible but
I do know that we lost an investigator. He was on date as well. Not
only was he on date but he was on date for this Saturday...it honestly
broke my heart. It was the first investigator that I had taught and
dropped and wow, it sucks. My mission president always says that a
mission is a series of disappointing events occasionally interrupted
by indescribable moments of joy. I have definitely seen this to be
true. We also however get three new investigators this week and from
the looks of it, they could be pretty solid. One of them, a mother of
one, had read everything from the introduction to the end of 1 Nephi
4. She had some serious concerns about a man killing another man. She
said she didn't want to teach her son anything like that. We assured
her that Nephi was not murderous. He was number one fulfilling a
commandment from the Lord to retrieve the plates of brass and most
importantly he was following the spirit, to knowing before hand what
he should do.
I had some time to think about why the Lord would put that story at
the very beginning of the Book of Mormon. My thoughts were this. I
feel he put these particular stories of Nephi at the beginning to help
others see the power of faith and obedience. Often times when we
introduce the Book of Mormon to someone they think they have faith but
they never act on it. These first few chapters show how Nephi goes and
DOES the things the Lord commands him because he knows the Lord will
provide a way for everything that he will ask him to do. That is such
a powerful example. As investigators begin to learn about the gospel
and we ask them to make and keep commitments, they will need to be
obedient and "go and do" the things which the Lord has commanded them.
They will need to exercise faith as they come unto Christ. It was a
beautiful experience and time to ponder.
Another thing I learned this week was that there is such a power that
the Book of Mormon brings into our lessons. There really is everything
that we need in the Book of Mormon. Faith, repentance, baptism, the
gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. That is everything
that we need to make it back to our Heavenly Father. Yes, part of
enduring to the end is making more covenants in the temple, but the
reason the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion is it is so
simple. These really are plain and precious truths that our Heavenly
Father has given us. These words truly are a gift from God for these
last and final days! It's a beautiful gift and I love it with all of
my heart. As I tell my investigators every day, the Book of Mormon
changes lives, most importantly, the Book of Mormon saves lives. That
is the great gift from our Lord and Savior.
I love you all, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all
the support from everyone and for your letters, thoughts, and prayers.
They are truly a blessing in my life. I know that God has a divine
plan for each and every one of his children and I know that each of
you have divine potential. As you go through your week this week and
face the trials in your life, take time to remember that you are a
child of God and are truly blessed in all aspects of your life. This
attitude changes lives! It's changed mine!