Heather was Baptized!!!! She is such an amazing woman who is completely embracing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Her baptismal service was beautiful and the spirit was really strong. She brought a friend (non-mormon) who said that she felt the spirit and it was "refreshing." We aren't teaching her... yet. Whenever we run into Heather there is more light in her eyes. She tells us stories of people who see it. She says that people she has know for years ask her what changed. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a doctrine of hope. It is the brighter future and the ultimate source of happiness. Everyone who embraces the doctrine becomes empowered to face the world head on and push through life. In my personal studies I just read about King Lamoni's Father, who is a king over kings, willing to give up half of his kingdom to save his life, but to become a disciple of Christ he was willing to give up his entire kingdom. This story alludes to the question, what are you willing to give up to be a disciple of Christ? Are you willing to give up your entire kingdom? What price do you put on your eternal happiness? I know that this is the true church of Christ. I know that He governs it through his living prophet Thomas S. Monson.
Things I learned this week:
- Life doesn't change until you make the decision: People are agents, not objects. Until someone decides they are going to grow, they can only stay stagnant. We have a couple investigators that have a "It will happen when it happens" mentality, and that is completely untrue. Something can only happen when you actually decide something and implement your decision. If you want to stop drinking, strive to stop. No progress can be made if no effort is being put forth. Move forward and pray for the strength to push through anything that might hold you back. Think about a jet-ski. You can twist your handle bars and strive to change directions, but until you give the jet-ski some gas, you cannot change directions.
- Faith is key: We had a wonderful lesson with a less-active family about faith and how we can strengthen it. There is a reason that faith is the first principle of the gospel. I feel that there are a couple misconceptions about faith. It is not blind hope in something. It does not provide a excuse to be lazy by saying ,"God will take care of it". Faith is a principle of action. In order for God to step in, you must be striving your hardest to over come your challenges. God gave us a brain so we can use it. Faith is a "If I magnify my calling, God will help me" kind of thought.
Im sorry my letter is a little short this week, the library was holding a computer class that put us pretty far behind schedule.
I love y'all:
- Elder Shill