It is a little frustrating sometimes when you know something is true and you just want to share it so bad with everybody, but they don't believe you. Yet. Always remember that progression, and understanding, comes over time!
This Thursday we had the incredible opportunity to hear from members of the Quorum of the Twelve and Missionary Department in a Worldwide Missionary Broadcast. Just a quick update before I begin, there are currently over 75,000 missionaries serving in 418 different missions, which is pretty cool.
The theme of the broadcast was Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts, mainly focusing on the fact that we need to ALWAYS remember that faith and repentance are necessary steps needed before the ordinance of baptism can occur.
Elder Andersen taught that we always need to have Christ on our lips, which means being prepared to testify of Him at all times and in all places. Elder Oaks taught that the fullness of the Gospel, paired with the Authority of God, is the only way by which we can return to live with our Father in Heaven again. The Missionary Department helped to provide unique ways we can teach members, less actives, and investigators, all while seeking others to teach the message of the Restoration to. Finally, Elder Bednar taught us something very important. As missionaries, we need to teach by the Spirit. Sometimes, the things we say don't even matter if the person feels the Spirit. However, (!) we must always remember that we are here to take the Spirit to their heart. After that, it is up to the investigator if they will allow that Spirit, that truth, and the Gospel to enter their hearts.
Yesterday marked four months in the field and four months serving with Elder Lamipeti. It's been a great four months, and I know that he has done heaps to prepare me for the future of my mission. I have been called as District Leader, and I'll also have the opportunity to train a new missionary. These past four months have been incredible. I've truly understood the importance of the Atonement, the power of prayer, the purpose of missionary work, and the value of hard work. Elder Lamipeti and I have seen heaps of progression as what I like to say, brothers in the Gospel.
We have the privilege to work here in Harbord until Thursday, when we will each meet our new companions and then he will head off to Doonside where he will continue as District Leader and train his new son (brand new missionary). I've learned so much from him and I'm so grateful for the time that we've had to serve together.
The Church Is True!
- Romans 3:23
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
This is a short, but very powerful scripture that emphasizes the importance of the Atonement. Nobody on this earth is perfect, no matter how hard we try. Despite that, by doing all that we can, it becomes possible to make it back. I like to describe this as a ladder. Life is like a ladder that leads to salvation. When we do all that we can, and climb as high as we can go, (2 Nephi 25:23) the Lord will reach down and pulls us to the top. And what a joyful moment that will be.
The Komene's hooked us up! #boiz
Happy Australia Day from the American!