Monday, January 26, 2015

2015-01-26 TIme is Just Flying

Hey guys another week down here in the mission. Time is just flying. I have been talking to Elder F lately and he only has 24 days left... it is so crazy to just think that more than a year ago we were in Palencia, and I was just starting the mission. It seems like yesterday. But all is well in Zion here.

On Tuesday, we had a Zone Conference and we had workshops with president, hna. Crapo, and the assistants. 4 zones showed up to the conference and it is all good. Right now F is training so I have a brother in the mission. He is from New York. Cool kid. But all in all it was a great conference. We talked about ways to accelerate the work. We learned different ideas and things that we need to better.
In the night on Tuesday, we went to an appointment with an investigator. He is a pastor of a church and he is a friend of a member. And so we get there and he pulls out his bible and a sheet of paper full of questions, verses and things to just try and tear us down, and he says "are you ready to be converted to the truth?" I laugh and take out my Bible and Book of Mormon, and we go to a discussion. The first appointment with him was about the restoration, and we were going to read the Book of Mormon with him, but he started to bash with us, and so out of 20 questions, and verses he pulled out, he could not confound us. We defended verse after verse using just the Bible. He was sooooo frustrated with things that after the 20th question, he just sat there in silence. So I pulled out some verses in Ezekiel that talk about the stick of Judah and Ephraim and I ask him what does this mean. And he could not explain it. So I told him that the Book of Mormon is there to show men that God completes all his promises, that if he did not believe in continuing revelation given to man through prophets, then he did not know anything about the bible, or the nature of God. So he stood up and left, and said that he would study it and bring more verses to tear down Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon.

Experiences like that just tell me how bad the world is lost in confusion, and how the restoration of the gospel came forth, but the apostasy still runs rampant. It also testifies to me the truthfulness of the church and the Book of Mormon. I am so grateful for the knowledge of the gospel, because it helps me and others to change their lives. With the true gospel we are not in darkness but we have the light. With this light, we need to know it well, and use it to help others in the darkness. Hahaha I didn't want to bash with the guy, but oh well.

The rest of the week went great, and we have been giving a lot of service this past week. Shoveling dirt, etc. and it’s all good.

We had stake conference here too, and it was great. They are focusing on the basics: prayer, scripture study, family home evening, fasting, and church attendance. These things help us stay healthy with the spirit and in the right path.

Well have a good week guys, take care, and I love you!

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