This has been a very rewarding week. After praying fervently in companionship study last Sunday and dedicating ourselves to the Lord, we both also made specific sacrifices this week to show that we were willing to follow the Lord. We were able to find more people than we have found in a while this week, and taught at least one lesson almost every single day. None of them are super prepared to join the church at this point in time, but they are willing to listen, and we hope that with time their hearts will be softened through the power of the Spirit. The Lord truly works miracles, and we have seen these miracles in the doors that have opened to us this week, in a very literal sense. :)
I am coming to love the mission and everything it stands for, and more than the mission, the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel is quite literally everything to me, and in the mission we have the wonderful opportunity to live a life where the gospel is incorporated into every little thing that we do. It is the most important thing in this life, and there is nothing that we can do or find or accomplish that can replace or even begin to replicate the joy that comes from keeping the commandments of a loving Heavenly Father and striving to follow each and every day the example of His Son, Jesus Christ.
This week, I have been studying charity and kindness. It is crucial that we develop charity. As Paul teaches us 1 Corinthians 13, without charity, all other attributes profit us nothing. Because of this, we must follow the exhortation of Moroni and "pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart that [we] may be filled with this love, which he has bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ." (Moroni 7:48) Our feelings towards our fellowmen are a measure of our conversion to the gospel, and help us to understand just exactly where we are in our journey of discipleship. As Paul said, "the greatest of these is charity." (1 Cor 13:13)
I love you all, and hope you have wonderful week! Congratulations to all those who are graduating!
|Selfie with the food|