I can’t believe it’s a new week already! Time is going crazy fast. And it might go faster this week. We’ve got a ton of meetings that will keep us out of our area so we can’t get as much done. 😛 We are extremely blessed to be able to have so many investigators or less actives that we can’t even meet with all of them every week. It’s CRAZY. But wicked sweet. Plus. GENERAL CONFERENCE is this weekend! I REALLY would like all of you, whether you’re a member of the church or not to tune in to at least one session of it. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-12PM and 2PM-4PM (Mountain Standard Time). You’ve got four chances so I hope you can watch at least one. I absolutely LOVE General Conference and I’m SO excited to watch it as a missionary. For some reason, it seems like it’ll be different, but I know it’s just as good as any other time. Oh, in case you don’t know, General Conference is when our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and his apostles speak to us. This happens every six months and it is so uplifting and great to receive guidance from God through His servants of what we can do to make it through this crazy world that is quickly spiraling downward. I hope to hear next week about your experiences with it and what you learned from watching it! 🙂
Alright. So if you remember, last week we had four new investigators. Well. We have four new ones this week, too! (You might be able to see why we don’t have enough time for all of them) Also, we have EIGHT progressing investigators. It’s CRAZY! I don’t know what we’re doing to be so blessed, but whatever it is, we intend to keep doing it.
I don’t know if you remember our investigator Ron, who we’d been working with to help him stop drinking? Well, we hadn’t seen him for a few weeks because we were waiting for him to call us back. We’d been really frustrated with him since he kept calling a half hour before our appointments to cancel. It felt like he was making up excuses to not see us. We finally told him to just call us when he felt like talking to us. It was really sad and hard to do, but we felt it was what needed to happen. He never called us though so last week we started trying to call him again. We finally contacted him on Friday night, after we were sure he was avoiding our phone calls. He told us he was looking into another church and he wasn’t sure he wanted to be associated with Mormons. Apparently he’d heard something about a man from the FLDS church (which we are not affiliated with in any way, shape, or form) who had taken advantage of a few little kids. I don’t know what the story was but we assured him that that man does not represent what we believe. We told him that we only do good things, things from God. He then made excuses about how he’s a hopeless case and that he’s an alcoholic who doesn’t want to change. He doesn’t think God loves him, or really anyone for that matter. It was really amazing to be able to tell him that we represent Jesus Christ and that as we’ve come to know him, we’ve come to really care about him, which means that Jesus Christ cares about him, too. It was a sad, but really cool experience to be able to say that… We set up a time to meet with him the next day, but when we got there, he cancelled. Again. So. It’s a long road that will take a lot of patience, but there’s still hope. He’s not hopeless and God does love him. So much. He’s a child of God, so of course Heavenly Father loves him. 🙂
Gloria is so amazing. I just wish I could move her out to live with my own family so she can be a part of that. Oh she’s so cute! Her life has been so hard and working with her I think gives her a lot of hope. She may not realize it, but we’ve seen quite a bit of a change in her since we’ve met her. She’s happier and things seem to be improving for her. We had a lesson with her at Sister Tinker’s house last week. Sister Tinker, let me tell you, is awesome. She’s fellowshipping three or four of our investigators and they all love her. She just invites them over, wants them there for meals and loves them unconditionally. It’s really amazing what she can do for them, simply by just talking to them. Man I love that woman. Anyway, Gloria came to the Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday! She LOVED it. I don’t know who wouldn’t like listening to a modern day prophet who is speaking only to the women. It’s fantastic! And while I was watching it, I was just about overwhelmed with the knowledge and with the feeling that Thomas S. Monson truly is God’s prophet on the earth today and that he is speaking the words that Heavenly Father would have him speak. That was another wonderful experience. 🙂
Alright. This morning was an amazing personal study. First off, I want to tell you that if you have a hard time reading the scriptures and really focusing on what you’re studying, have a notebook nearby that you can write any thoughts down that you have as you go. It is amazing what you can learn and understand when you do that. Somehow, even though I’ve done it before, I didn’t understand that concept before. It’s great! Anyway. I was reading in 3 Nephi 13 (compare it to Matthew 6). This is the Sermon on the Mount, but he gives the same sermon to the people of the Americas, which is why it’s in the Book of Mormon. Right now, I’m going to focus on verses 21-24. Verse 21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I stopped to think about that and two questions came to mind that I’d love to share and ask you to really think about the answers you would give. First: What is my treasure? As I thought about that, then: Should I change it? You can have more than one treasure, but ultimately what is your treasure and is it where you want your heart to be? Verse 22 was super cool. About halfway through it says: “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” This verse made me think of Doctrine and Covenants Section 4. We say this along with our purpose every week in district meeting. There’s a part that says that we will have salvation if our eye is kept single to the glory of God. If we do that, then we will become, as it says in Matthew 5:14-16 a light for others to see – let your light so shine before men. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Think about how all those scriptures go together. I thought it was really really cool. Then ask yourself: Is your eye single to the Glory of God, so that your light can shine for others to see? Finally, verse 24: “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.” Think about it for a minute. Then ask yourself: Is the Lord your master? Is He always?
I know that I’m not perfect. Nobody is. But I also know that if we have a treasure that keeps our eye single to the glory of God, we will be able to serve God only and so, we will be a light for others to see and follow. As we are examples of Christ and do our best to show others the way we should be living, they will see your light and they will start to wonder what it is about you that makes you different, in a good way, from anyone else. As they wonder, they will probably want whatever it is you have. And what you have, if it is in line with God, is the most precious thing you can ever have. For me, it is the Gospel and all that comes with it. It is the knowledge of my Heavenly Father and my Brother, Savior, Redeemer and Friend, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that He loves me till the end. I stand all amazed at all that He has done for me, all that He has given me. I love Him and I would do anything, go through anything as long as I am doing what He has asked me to do. And all that He has asked: To be the best that I can be, try my very hardest and show others the way to Him. I know this Gospel is true. I know it with all my heart and I will never deny it.
I hope each of you can take some time this week to study the scriptures. Not just read them, but really study them. Stop to think about what the words are saying and how they can apply to you. Read one verse at a time. I know it can be hard sometimes, but I also know that your life will be blessed so much as you study and apply the scriptures to yourself. You will be happier, your relationships will be stronger and I know you’ll be able to handle life a little easier.
Have a wonderful week! Watch Conference! Be happy and love life! 🙂
I love you all and am so thankful that I know each of you!