Well, my brain is a little mush today. We have had quite a long day and I am having a hard time remembering what has happend this last week so here we go.
On Monday we were on exchanges and I had a missionary with me that is serving down in Grandview. It was right after P-Day had ended and we were going about to try to find some people to teach. We had stopped by about 2 weeks ago to a house and the lady that opened the door let us in a talked to us for quite some time. She has been interested in all sorts of religoin and has a lot of friends that are members of the church. We talked for a while and then left a Restoration pamphlet with her and told her we would come back in a few weeks and see how her reading has been. She was happy with that. So on Monday we went back and she let us in again. We were able to talk with her some more about the Restoration. She would take us off topic at times so it was hard to cover what we felt we needed to say. Then the husband came in and started talking with us as well. He wanted to know the basic belief that we have as members of the church! We are always excited to have those questions. We we able to talk a little bit more about the message that we share but time ran out. We were able to set up another appointment and we are going back next week! We hope they will be able to help them more understand the message that we share.
We were able to have a really good lesson yesterday with the Messianic Jew that we have been teaching. We are starting to narrow down the real concerns that she has. We are very grateful for the spirit. We seem to have a hard time understanding her at first, but as we listen and follow the spirit we see her understand the message that we share more and more. I have just gained a huge testimony of the need and importance of a prophet at all times in every dispensation. We need them. They hold the keys to direct the Priesthood and that is the authority that we need to be able to recieve all the ordinances that we need for our salvation. I was thinking about that today in the temple. How important it is that we have all of this. They had the temple in the days of Christ. They had these things to help us come closer to Christ. We need them. “There is none other way nor name given under Heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God”. 2 Nephi 31:21. I love the scripture in Amos that says that the Lord will do nothing except through the prophets. Many might say that if we can be guided by the Holy Spirit there is no need for a prophet on the earth. Thats the kicker, we need the proper Priesthood Keys in order to be given the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide our lives. “Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation” is what comes to mind when I think of the restoration of the gospel. It’s part of God’s plan.
We were able to go to the temple today. It was so nice to go. We are so blessed to have a temple in our mission. It is always a little countdown in the back of my mind as we come closer to going again. I am lucky that I get to go again next transfer. It will be a little more emotional I am sure. But it will be a good to go again. My mind always seems much clearer when I am there. It’s a time of deep reflection and a time to see what the Lord wants next for me. I love to receive the guidence that he provides. It is a miracle in itself.
Elder Daw and I have been having a blast. We have so many commen things. We realized the other day that we both have quilts that our grandmothers made us right after we graduated high school. Little things like that are the best. We were able to play Brother Finch and his son the other day in basketball. We were the first missionaris to beat them I think. That was fun. They have a half court on their property. It’s really nice.
Anyways. Things are going well up here in Washington. Miracles are always going off. We have an awesome lesson set up tonight with one of our investigators. We are planning on teaching the Restoration and help him see the importance of the Book of Mormon. He has been reading, but having a hard time understanding what is going on. We feel that when we teach him this he will know more of the backround on the book and it will help him understand the storyline a little more.
Well I guess the move is finally upon you all. I will pray that nerves will be calm and that you will all be able to choose to be happy. Stay close to the gospel. Stay close to the spirit. Rely on our Savior for strength. I guess we can kind of see why Laman and Lemuel were not to keen on leaving what they had for somthing else. Lehi and Nephi knew
that when the Lord said it’s time to move, they can have the faith and know that it was in the end going to be for their good. The Lord has impressed and confirmed to you that this is what is next in the plan. Trust Him. He will provide blessings for those who obey the call. I know that is true. It does not mean that it will not be hard, but there is always hope. Hope in good things to come. It’s hard I know.
Well That is all I have this week sorry it is so short.