Where to begin! I hesitate to even mention some of the experiences from this week because I know I will not be able to adequately describe the spirit and power that was there.
We taught a family where the dad is a baptized member of the church, but no one else in the family is and mom has been SO close to baptism for months now. We went over and were meeting with them and I got the impression that the thing that was stopping her from moving forward in her spiritual journey was that she had unresolved feelings of anger and contention. I was impressed that she struggles with forgiving other for their wrongs against her. I opened my mouth and told her what I was feeling.
As I began speaking she broke into tears and said she knew that it is something she struggles with. We shared with her the parable of the unmerciful servant found in the book of the New Testament (if you unfamiliar with the parable I would implore you to read it… found in Matthew 18: 23-35). We told her that until she can learn to forgive others that she will never be ready for baptism and won’t be able to feel the joy and peace the good news of Jesus Christ brings. We told her it was mockery before God and a desecration of Christ’s sacrifice to dwell on and dig up the past sins of others that Christ himself died for. She asked us how she could learn to forgive others and let things go. We opened up to the Book of Mormon and told her to “pray unto the father with all the energy of heart…” We also shared that it is only those who receive forgiven that will want to give forgiveness.
Well I am out of time so I guess it will just be that first story. Love you all and hope you choose to make it a good week!
Pics from hiking last Monday
What an incredible week! Oh first off I got a new companion, Elder Bastian, from Sierra Vista, Arizona. Its practically mexico, but he doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish. Elder Bastian is pretty much the best. He plays tennis and we run at about the same pace so we’ve been kicking each others butts every morning on our runs.
We are going to try to go play tennis one of these preparation days. I told him I wasn’t any good, but i let slip that my dad and brother are both really good and ive played a bit with them so he got super excited. I hope he is ready to be disappointed.
They day after Elder Bastian got to the area we found out we were moving (finally!) from Heyburn to Hazelton so we spent most of our weekend moving and cleaning. We still taught all of our appointments and found a new guy named Mitch that wants us to teach him.
Mitch grew up devout Baptist, but he hasn’t been to church in a while. He was asking what was different from us and other Christians and what it was we did at our church every Sunday. I was about to tell him, but the spirit told me not to and the next thing I knew I asked him if he wanted to go tour the church instead. the last place we went was the chapel and we started talking to him about the sacrament and what it means. The spirit was so strong and he asked if we would come back. We gave him a little book and video explaining what makes us different and set up an appointment to go back and talk about what he read/watched.
Oh i almost forgot! I had yellow watermelon last week! it looked like, felt like, and tasted like watermelon, but it was yellow. super cool! anyway love you all and hope you make it a great week! Remember, it is impossible to know of spiritual truths without prayer.
p.s. the random pic of the peacock last week was because i saw them and thought of my grandma and papa’s house back home and the pic of the parked cars was me practicing my parking for when I get back home to California.