We are here to teach repentance to baptize converts. That is our mission, that is our purpose. And it is awesome. This week, I was able to be a part of another step in someone's conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all on a journey together to "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ" and participate in saving ordinances, making covenants to our Father in Heaven that bind us to Him and His Son, the Savior Jesus Christ. As we do this, we feel eternal joy now and forever.
Josh Brodie, one of our newest YSA members who was baptized about a month ago, received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday. He was so prepared and excited to receive it and is grateful for the opportunities that he has ahead of him to serve and to be an instrument in God's hands. It was a special moment and the Spirit was incredibly strong. I am grateful for him and for the joy of bringing souls to repentance and being God's instrument in keeping pace with His Hastening.
I am especially grateful t be serving in the Canada Vancouver Mission. What an incredible opportunity to serve and to learn to be exactly obedient. To God and His chosen servants. And this YSA is awesome.
This week, we got a referral from some guy in a food court as we were eating. ALWAYS DO MISSIONARY WORK! And we called this referral up. His name is A. He's from Syria and really wants to convert to Christianity. We met with him and he's got a baptismal date for January 31. He's super cool. He's barely 30 with a huge beard and big muscles. He looks like he's at least 40....Just a crazy awesome, genuine guy. It's been fun teaching him so far. We also decided to create an advertisement for us missionaries that could reach the entire branch of YSA members. It's hanging up in the hallway, now....it's incredibly goofy. (See picture included)
I've been learning a lot recently about how we need to teach and how God teaches us. I have been growing a lot as a missionary. I am grateful for these experiences I am having and for the people I am working with. That I am helping. I know that our purpose is real. We're not just here for ourselves, and we're not just here to fail. This isn't a two year pension to earn yourself a better status as a member of some organization. "It's the cause of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost" (D. Todd Christofferson). Missionary work is incredibly important to the Lord. I had the privilege to be able to go this week to a special meeting in Richmond with President Burt and some other missionaries throughout the mission. We drove the Abbotsford 1st ward elders out to the city and ran into some INTENSE traffic on the way. We barely got into the meeting on an appropriate time... But the meeting was incredible! We learned a lot about how we can be better and how we can improve our already stunning mission culture and teach to convert, not just to baptize! Hoorah!
I'll have more exciting news next week, probably... This was a lot of spiritual tangents. Sorry. Unless you like spiritual tangents. In which case you are worthy of the kingdom of God. Just kidding. That was overbearing. But it's true. So...yeah...
Have an awesome week!
The poster ad of the Langley YSA Elders...
Competing with the other missionaries..