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Thursday, July 10, 2014

What is love?!

First of all, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons was in our sacrament meeting yesterday so noooo big deal

but the best part of yesterday was that RODOLFO WAS BAPTIZED! He is so happy!
The craziest thing to me is how, when people are baptized, the light of Christ literally illuminates from them!
He looked like a new man! Because he is. That's what the gospel does-- it changes people.
When he bore his testimony, he said that when he first started meeting with us, he felt really happy.
Happy like when he was a child;
And he didn't know why.
That he had never been to and stayed with a church before
but that he is happy to enter into a covenant with God.

"Children of the covenant have the right to receive His doctrine and to know the plan of salvation. They claim it by making covenants of sacred significance."
That's why we are here!
We are here to make, keep, and honor covenants so that we can have everlasting unity with God and our loved ones in the life to come.
The only way we can be happy is if we are on the path that leads back to God.
The only way we can be on the path that leads back to God, is by making, keeping, and honoring covenants with him.
The church is true!

This past week, two remarkable things happened.
*NUMERO UNO*
So last week, I gave a mormon.org card to this guy on the bus, not realizing that he was half-drunk.
Nevertheless, he was loud and obnoxious, and it was really funny.
He ended up texting us the next day saying he was interested in learning more.
So we met with him and he said he didn't really remember what happened when we first met until he found the mormon.org card the next day.
We taught him about the restoration of the gospel.
Even though he ended up not being interested, two good fruits were born from this labor

1) I learned that prepared people are people who are willing to act by making and keeping commitments. The adversary is super good at convincing people to glory in their contentment. Laziness will NOT get us to the Celestial Kingdom. It won't. We have to be willing to get out of our comfort zones, to act, to change, to sacrifice, to improve, to MOVE ALONG the path of discipleship that leads us back to God. So #noyolo
and
2) I felt this deep concern for him...? I actually desired his salvation more than I ever have for anyone before. WHAT IS THIS FEELING? I realized, that THAT is what missionary work is about-- it is about loving people so much that you desire their eternal salvation just as much as your own. Charity never faileth. I love when I get those flashes of feelings of charity inside me because it is something I'm learning on really developing.
*NUMERO DOS* (can you tell that I just want to be transferred to spanish work? #hermana)
We met with Snow this week! What a cutie! She is oh so prepared.
In the beginning of the lesson, she talked about how she doesn't know if it's Buddha or Heavenly Father or what, but that she wants to know what is true.
We talked a lot about the spirit and how it is by the holy ghost that she will come to know truth.
At the end of the lesson she prayed so earnestly that holy ghost would tell her what was true.
After she prayed she paused and looked at us and said,
"...I think I just felt something. I feel like He was close to me, that He was listening to me."

our Heavenly Father knows His children! He knows us and He loves us perfectly. He wants us to come home to Him one day.
And that's why He will and does provide us with all the opportunities and experiences that help us succeed in returning to Him.
We just have to look for and take advantage of them.

The most important thing I learned this week is that
"The gift of the Holy Ghost comes after one repents and becomes worthy... The Holy Ghost bears witness of the truth and impresses upon the soul the reality of the Father and the Son Jesus Christ so deeply that no earthly power or authority can separate him from the knowledge." (James E. Faust)
Truth is not founded upon tangible things that we can see and touch, but rather of things of the spirit.
The things of this world will be done away, but the things of the spirit are eternal.
We know truth because of the spirit.
"And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe, because they saw them not." (Ether 12:5)
The people didn't believe in the prophecies of Ether because they "saw them not"-- but the prophecies were still true.
Sister Waldron always says:

"What is right is right, even if no one is doing it;
what is wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”

Truth is truth. Period.
And knowing truth is not equivalent to an accumulation of facts and information, but it is humbly seeking and then acting in faith. The witness of the holy ghost is the most powerful and accurate means of knowing truth.
I love the gospel so much! I love that Heavenly Father loves us enough to provide us with all the necessities that enable us to return to Him. He is so real and so so good. Share God's love with everyone, because we all need somebody to lean on. (it's fine, it's applicable)

Love y'all!