This week has been the week of meetings. I always think of the 13th article of faith.. (changed a little)
We believe in all meetings, we hope for all meetings, we have endured may meetings and hope to be able to endure all meetings. If there is any sort of meeting, meeting, meetings.. we seek after these things.
haha A speaker at the MTC shared that and I thought it was hilarious. Sometimes we truely have a ton of meetings, but I testify that God would not make us have so many meetings unless is was absolutely needed. As humans we make mistakes and we need correction. We need guidence or we tend to disregard the things we know for the things that seem better at the time. I know that the better way is always the way that involves the will of God and that is how it will always be.
Anyway, we have had some meetings lately and they have been the most inspiring things! On Thursday we had a Sisters Training Meeting. We had all the sisters from around our area meet together and the mission president gave us some intruction and counsel. We talked about a lot of things, but one of my favorite talks was about Personal Revelation.
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that we can have a personal relationship with God. He can help us with all the troubles and things that we have in our lives if we let him. With our investigators we really stress that we want them to gain a personal testimony of the things we are teaching. I know that my Savior lives and that He died for us because I prayed to God to know if that really happened. Every single person can have a person witness of the reality of God. The Book of Mormon contains a promise that we all need in our lives.. it says,
"3 Behold I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, than ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receie these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receice thse things I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father in the name of Christ if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent having faith in Christ he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost."
God will answer your sincere prayers. He will confirm your desire to know if you sincerely ask Him. God promises this to us and we know that "he is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Never doubt the influence God has in your life. He will always be there for all of us.
We talked a little about how God will grant us according to our desires. (Alma 29:4) In life we have hard things that come up. Sometimes they are a result of a choice we made and sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere. The issue is not the trial. The issue is our desire. Do we want to learn from this experience? We choose everything in this life except the consequences of our actions. Good or bad; everything has a consequence. We can choose to follow God.. or we can choose to follow Satan. (2 Nephi 2:27)
It was a very enlightening meeting actually.
Then this Sunday we had a Training on missionary work! Those inspired men are such a blessing to the church. We know that they recieve direct revelation from God and they are guiding all of our efforts so we stay on the right path.
This week we have been able to talk to a lot of very wonderful people from all sorts of backgrounds. We met a lady who has been Baptist her entire life (50+ years) and she is so excited to hear that we have another witness of Jesus Christ. We talked to a man from Jamaca who has wanted to talk to the missionaries for a couple months, but just didn't know how to approach someone. We talked to a Less active sister who wants so badly to be sealed to her family in the temple so we are working with her and her family. We are so excited for the work here in Texas. I know that we are helping people and giving them more hope for their lives. I am so happy to be doing the Lords work. :)
Sending my love from Texas!