This has been another quick week. And it’s the end of another transfer.
In the scriptures it talks about the sons of Mosiah and how they were troubled in their missionary service. They were getting rejected, being stoned and many other harsh things that were going on for them. And they began to turn back. Turning back in there meant going home. But I have been thinking, there are things in today’s time of turning back and it’s different.
- It may be becoming disobedient, because it isn’t fun to be obedient anymore.
- It may be literally turning back and wanting to go home.
- It may be having your mind on home and your feet in the mission.
- It may be focusing so much on things of the world, and not the things of God.
- It may be being preoccupied with other things.
Laugh for the week. There was a drunk guy walking and he was really falling over. I was like hey are you alright. He was like, ya, I am fine, just a bad back. As he stumbles down the street. Me and my companion were like what the heck...
I have been reading the Book of Mormon again and during Christ’s ministry it touched me so much this week how real it was. I know that Jesus Christ lives, with spiritual experiences that I have had, I know that He Lives!
As for missionary work this week. I went on a couple of exchanges as we are getting to the end of the transfer again. On one of the exchanges, it was fun to meet up with a guy we had met some weeks before. He had been on vacation and now home, so we were able to meet with him again. He was raised in another church, but it looking for something else. He loves how we focus on families during the meetings. He loves the church!
Another investigator is here in the area going to university. It was so cool. He had read the Book of Mormon and hadn’t felt anything. But during the lesson the spirit was really strong. He had wondering about how important baptism was. It’s a question he has had for the last five years. This is something that I had been in thought over for the last three months. Baptism, the ordinance and what baptism does. Remission of sins and how we receive it and so on. When he asked this question, I was like…. There is a reason I met him. I showed him some scriptures about baptism. And I was able to explain that the physical baptism is the outward sign and is very important. But baptism should also be an inward commitment. They are both crucial to baptism. At that point the Spirit touched him and he just sit quietly looking at that scripture and pondering over it. At the end of the lesson he accepted to come to church. He took to heart the testimonies that he heard and understands this is not just another church, but it is the Church of Jesus Christ.
Lessons like that are what make me grateful to be a missionary. I love it!
Love, Elder Stevenson