|Sister and President Simmons, Elders Shirley and Lloyd|
This past week was filled with many miracles and much revelation. Before we left to Singapore, we knew that we needed to meet as many people as possible and help our investigators have guidance in their week. Tuesday morning, we decided to meet with an investigator because we knew that was our only time. We biked thirty minutes to her house as fast as we could, had an incredible lesson, felt the Spirit, and helped her understand even more of the Book of Mormon. She literally has no background of Christ, but she has been coming to church for about a month. As we were talking, she asked, "How can Christ's Atonement help my family while we're still on Earth?" We invited her to pray, read, and ask Heavenly Father. I'm excited to meet with her next time and find out!
During zone conference, I was very impressed by the presentation given by Elder and Sister Benson about the physical and spiritual evidences of the Book of Mormon. The amount of physical evidence that the Book of Mormon is true is overwhelming...I had no idea about many of those things, and I know there are many more literary, archaeological, and historical evidences of the truth. I was most stricken by the importance of the Spiritual evidence. We can know something is true through facts, but physical evidence doesn't bring a change of heart. I know that only a Spiritual confirmation can change our hearts, change our desires, and change the natural man.
I love the Book of Mormon! I know that it is true, and I know that if we follow and obey the teachings inside (along with the promptings we receive while reading) we will change. The Book of Mormon only teaches new things each time we read it if we continue to change and repent. If we are unwilling to change, the Book of Mormon will continue to be a lifeless history book.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.
I am not perfect. Last week, as I listened to the broadcast, other trainings, and the Spirit, I realized many things that I need to improve and work on. I am a sinner! I am weak! But I also realized that the Lord has called me to succeed. I know that I am a child of God. I know that we are all His children. Satan's strongest tool is fear. If I fear the people around me, if I fear myself, if I fear making mistakes, I will never grow. I will never become like my Father.
I'm grateful for an amazing companion. I'm grateful to be here. I'm grateful for this gospel in my life. I am happy!