This week has been crazy. We worked really hard and saw a lot of miracles because of it. The first thing I came to know this week is the power of goal-setting. PMG (Preach My Gospel) says that goal setting is an act of faith. We do our regular goals every week, and we’ve been seeing a lot of blessings from setting goals first and then planning. We met almost all our goals this week, including referrals, church attendance, and baptismal dates! also, I made a language study plan and started setting goals and have felt a lot more help from the Lord with the language as I’ve started to work harder on it.
We met a lot of new people this week, and had a lot of great lessons. we even had 6 investigators attend church! which was seriously a miracle. Getting people to go to church here is really hard sometimes. Okay, so some miracles from this week.
-We have 2 sisters with a baptismal date! Crazy miracle, because we went looking for a former investigator we just picked from the stack, and accidentally found them instead of the people we were looking for because they have the same last name. but we’re hoping they will be prepared to be baptized in September.
-Jovic came to church, so hopefully he follows through on his other commitments and maybe will have a baptismal date this week! we were really excited to see him at church yesterday because he kept promising us all week he would go.
-We found several new families that we were able to have really good lessons with, where they were attentive and had questions. it’s so great when they ask questions because you know they’re listening and seeking understanding instead of just listening politely.
-We texted a sister to followup on an OYM (Open your mouth) we did, to see if we could come teach her. she said sige(OK), 1pm. so we went to her tindahan to teach her (her little store…like…everyone has them here, I’m pretty sure. every other house has one and they all sell the exact same things, so I’m not really sure how that all works out, haha.) and as we started talking to her, she told us how when we texted she was going to reject us at first, but then she said she felt in her heart she needed to listen to us. so we were able to teach her and she was really receptive, especially because she had already recognized the Holy Ghost in her heart.
I’m sure there are more, but it’s hard to remember all of what happened last week.
I have been learning so much this week about the gospel, and about the Lord’s ultimate vision for missionary work and for His children. Can you imagine what the world would be like if every home was built on the foundation of Christ and His gospel? it’s a pretty awe-inspiring thing to imagine when you consider the huge difference in feeling in a home that is established on Christ and one that isn’t. That is what God wants for all of His children.
Connected to that, is how important missionary work is. and this isn’t just for me. This is for everyone. Heavenly Father is placing a looot more responsibility on the members to do the finding in missionary work. We OYM/tract a lot now, but the sister training leaders told us this week that soon we will no longer be allowed to OYM, and we can only teach from referrals. I think that will be hard at first, but if the members step up, the difference will be HUGE. At district meeting last week, they gave us these statistics for our area: the odds someone will be baptized from an OYM are 1:269. 1 person baptized for every 269 people we talk to. Ghe odds someone will be baptized from a referral are 1:8. 1 out of every 8 referrals. If we only focused on referrals, we would have about 33 times MORE BAPTISMS than we currently have. Member work is so important. Help the less actives. Get to know your neighbors and your friends and just work to help them. The gospel is the most beautiful thing in existence, and we have it in our lives. We need to share it. All it takes really is either giving a referral of someone you love to the missionaries, or for a while even just not being afraid to bring up the things you’ve been learning spiritually in conversation. Yeah, it’s harder to be like, let me tell you about my church. but it’s easy when someone says, how was your weekend? Oh great, I did this and that, and I went to church and learned____. or great, I learned _____-. Tell people about the miracles in your lives through the gospel and people will want it in their lives.
People just need to understand WHY the gospel is IMPORTANT.
Because if they really did, they would never fall away.
One more thing I learned is about the importance of the Book of Mormon.
We read in 2 Nephi 9 a powerful message about what our fate would be had the Savior not completed the Atonement.
“Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement–save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore the first judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration. And if so, this flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more.
O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more.
And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death o the body, and also the death of the spirit.”
That is what every person’s existence would be without the Savior. Then I connected this to Helaman 3:29-30:
“Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a straight and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked–
And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.”
It’s the word of God, or the scriptures–especially the Book of Mormon–that will protect us from evil in this life, and also lead us across the ‘everlasting gulf of misery’ which is what 2 Nephi 9 was talking about. the scriptures testify of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Through the scriptures, we can always continue to build and center our lives on Him, and stay on the straight and narrow path. the scriptures are so important. that is why the Lord commands us to study them, individually and as a family. He knows we will be stronger.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
ps I ate a fish head this week. see pictures. haha it was pretty good. that fish was sooo good, though!