Companion: Sister Kaitlin Johnston
We got transfer calls yesterday. Drum roll... I am staying in Converse and Sister Johnston is being transferred. We both saw that coming. I'm glad I'll be staying in Converse. Transfers won't actually happen until this Thursday. That's where we'll find out where Sister Johnston is going and who our new companions are.
Yesterday was such a great day! I really felt the spirit as I partook of the sacrament. I gained a new understanding of my roll as a missionary. [P], one of our investigators who I've talked about before, came to church for the first time! It was a surprise because he missed sacrament meeting (first hour), and showed up to Sunday School. We got him hooked up with Brother [B] and he went to third hour too! He really enjoyed it and wants to come back. Now we just need to get him to come to the whole thing. We're setting him with a new baptismal date this week.
After church we rushed over to [M] house. His family is also investigating, though haven't been progressing much lately. We talked to him for a while on his porch because his wife was asleep. He talked about his realization that Jesus Christ could visit whoever and wherever he wanted, including the America's because He is the son of God. We asked him what that tells him about the Book of Mormon. He said, "that it's true!".
After eating dinner at the bishop's house, we taught the [R] family. The two younger kids got baptized a couple months ago. But the rest of the family haven't yet. We had a lesson on the Plan of Salvation using the pictures in the pamphlet. The spirit was so strong! Particularly when we discussed the atonement. We had a member with us, Brother [R] who we asked to explain what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was inspired. He explained it exactly the way they needed to hear it. [G] was very thoughtful about it. She had thought that what he did for us was only on the cross. We testified that not only did he suffer on the cross, but he suffered for all our sins, pains, sicknesses, weaknesses, and so forth in the Garden of Gethsemane. He took upon him the pains of every single person so that he could know exactly how we feel and how to help us. It was so neat to see this family's faces light up as they began to gain a deeper understanding of Christ and the Plan of Salvation. Which is God's plan for us to be happy and make it back to him.
Something that I am gaining a strong conviction of is short and powerful statements of truth. It just hit me one day that I should not be worrying about trying to explain exactly why something is the way it is. Truth is truth. There is real power in it. Because it is an eternal truth, that very truth will speak for itself. The spirit will bear witness, and the person will feel it. Whether they choose to except it or not. By simply and lovingly testifying, we do all we can. It is then up to the person to accept.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is Jesus Christ's restored gospel. He is at the head of this great organization and leads the church through a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. President Monson is a prophet of God. The Priesthood is God's power given to man to act in His name, and it is on the Earth. This authority is found in His true and living church. God loves me and he loves you. He wants us to communicate with him through prayer.
Those are a couple examples of statements of truth. Family, (and anyone who wants to) Will you think of a restored truth such as God is our loving Heavenly Father, or families can live together forever, and write it down? Then write down how it has blessed your life, and how you came to know that it is true and share it in a testimony meeting, with a neighbor or friend from work or school? There is power in doing so. Tell me about it next week! I will nag until I hear something. :) I don't care how simple it is.
I love you all!
All in! :D