June 23rd, 2014
Well to be honest the last two weeks nothing that exciting has happened. Just one those times of the mission where nobody likes you or maybe that is just all the time in England?:) I had an exchange with my new district leader for the first time and he was super cool guy! He is from Texas and was a band geek haha. Super spiritual though and so hard working. He has only been out three months longer than me but has had a tough mission and yet has baptized in all his areas but one. He is a huge example to me of persevering even when it is tough. Our investigator that is close to baptism doesn't like tithing at all yet accepts everything else just fine. Very frustrating but all you can do is love him and help them to see the blessings. Been doing a lot of contacting and trying to see lots of LA. Hard life ya know;) People in England basically hate the World Cup now because England has lost twice now and America still kicks butt:) Ah I love this country and its pride:) Probably the biggest blessing I have in my life right now is my companion. With all the challenges I'm going through right now his hard working farm boy attitude helps so much. Lord always knows how to bless you in the small ways that make all the difference.
Just a random thought I will be getting my haircut but will no longer have the english style but some other really short spiky style:) Hopefully I don't look to young haha.
Just for a nice spiritual thought I would like to remind all of you of the wonderful promise the Book of Mormon Gives us.
Moroni 10: 3-5
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
I hope all of you still apply this promise throughout the year even if you have already had the confirmation that you know that this book is true still do it cause it will light a fire in you that will help you continue to endure to the end. It is also an amazing reminder that all you need to receive answers to prayers is to 1. Have faith in Christ 2. Sincere Heart 3. Real Intent. As we do these things the Lord promises us that the Holy Ghost will let us know the truth of all things.
For those of you that do not have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true I invite you to come and test it out. As the prophet Alma says
Alma 32 27-28
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
Do not harden your heart and deny the mercies of the Lord. His arm is always extended towards you. As one of his representatives I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that everyone can find out for themselves as well. It is amazing how much happiness this Book has brought into my life and and the lives of millions of others. Never forget the power of prayer. Remember that because of one Prayer by a 14 year old boy the true Church of Jesus Christ was restored. Remember that because of one prayer from our Saviour we are able to be made clean again and return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven. All we have to do is strip ourselves of pride and humble ourselves and strive everyday to become like Christ. I know that he lives and loves all of us with an infinite love. He is the Bread of Life and all who partake will never hunger again. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!