"The theme for this stake conference is, "Do or Do Not, There is No Try..." announced President Weckesser of the Nanaimo Stake to a crowd of hundreds of people huddled together on a rainy day here in Vancouver Island. The congregation chuckled. Our investigator, "G" laughed. "It's a reference to...a movie...." he added as he continued his opening remarks.
Did I say I love British Columbia?!
This week has been really, really good. Miracles truly have not ceased in the work of the Lord. Elder Stirland and I have seen so many incredible miracles this week in conversion with our investigators. There is NOTHING like having solid, progressing investigators that are working toward baptism. We are helping "G" and "L" to receive the restored gospel.
This week, "L" told us that he wants to be a missionary like us. We told him he had to wait until he was 18, and his mom told him that he can do it when he gets there! He is soaking up the gospel.
"G" is building his faith in Jesus Christ each and every day. It's incredible to see him begin to trust the Lord and lay aside all of his sins to know Him more fully. I know that the Atonement is real. He strengthens us through His grace and we can overcome anything in our lives as we turn to Him and find new life.
We are finding people to teach, as well. It's a joy and a blessing to be able to go out each and every day in faith and find those whom the Lord has prepared to receive this restored gospel.
My thoughts this week were turned to the principle of charity. In the Book of Mormon, we read that, "[The Lord] doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him...all are alike unto God" (2 Nephi 26:33)
I know that that is true. As we come unto Christ, we find that He truly accepts us all. Flaws, inadequacies, imperfections, sins and all. He loves us and lifts us to become better people. It doesn't take away our personal responsibility to repent and exercise our faith in Him by continually covenanting with the Father in Christ's name, but He does indeed help us. I know that all He does, and consequently all that we do as His missionaries, is there to do good among the children of men. In plainness and in truth.
That is true charity. The pure love of Christ that we develop within us as He grants us it day by day leads us to fulfill the first and great commandments. To show our love for God by obeying Him and His commandments, and showing our love for others by helping them receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us all continually have charity by being obedient and serving others.
I know that as we follow Jesus Christ, we find new life. #hallelujah for that! followhim.mormon.org hallelujah chorus
I hope your week is incredible!
Us and the Duncan elders.
In my old stompin' grounds!!!
Me being ordained by Moroni to protect the record...KIDDING!
Thought it was funny, though :)