Sunday, February 12, 2017

January 29, 2017 Personal Growth

Hello everyone!

First off, this week was not very eventful in work. We had zone conference which ate up a full day of work, but I can say that I experienced a lot of personal revelation both about missionary work and what I want to become after the mission.  I came to realize things that were holding me back in the work that shouldn't be. Limitations that weren't really there, imagined. I have set goals and made plans to accomplish them in the next transfer (which happens to be next week). I will know by next monday if I will be transferring or not and whether or not I will have a leadership position. I will keep you all posted!

This week however, we did get to teach our investigators who are extremely interested in finding the truth.  They are Norma and Romi, and they have been members of three different religions so far but have left them because they found that they did not comply with the Bible as much as they claimed.  We met them last week and they have been greatly interested in our interpretation of the Bible and our beliefs. They ask us loads of questions and we answer them with scriptural evidence and they come to understand that our beliefs are in harmony with the Bible. We have also given them a Book of Mormon and they have started reading it this week.  They promised more questions when we come back and I can't wait! It's so nice to have someone who is truly concerned with finding the truth. We extended a baptismal invitation but they declined, saying they weren't quite sure if our message was true, but will continue to investigate our message. However, they gave us a compliment saying we are the only people they have met with that doesn't start sweating at their questions.  It's truly been an awesome teaching experience and I hope I can continue to teach them. 

That's all I really have to report for this week, so now it's spiritual thought time!

This week I was reading in 3 Nephi where Christ appears to the Nephites and the signs that foretell His crucifixion.  Following Christ's death on the cross, there was great destruction in the land, earthquakes, whirlwinds, fires, and many other forms of chaos. Thousands were slain because of their wickedness. After these events the voice of Christ was heard in the land, and in 3 Nephi 9:13 Christ invites men to come unto Him by saying "O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?" (emphasis added). This verse was especially powerful to me because Christ makes it clear that the decision to be cleansed of sin-- to be healed spiritually-- is our own. Christ asks us to turn to Him, to let Him heal us.  His arm is always extended out to us, the only thing holding us back from the power of the Atonement is ourselves.  
I would invite all to come unto Christ. To let Him heal you. To choose to partake of His love. To experience the everlasting joy that comes through His Atonement.

I know with my whole heart that Christ can and will heal us if we let Him.  I have experienced personally this cleansing, strengthening power, and the everlasting joy that comes after true repentance.  If any of you have things that are preventing you from enjoying all of the blessings that God has to offer, I would invite you to change, exercise the power of the Atonement and turn your back on whatever may be causing you to miss out on fully partaking of the joy of the Gospel

I know that this Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is true. I know that we can all change through the power of the Atonement. And I know that God loves us, and wants each and every one of us to partake of His joy.

-Elder Anderson

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