Are we feeling the spirit every day, even for a moment?
So August is half way
over. When did that happen? This week has been awesome. We
didn't have a lot of work because Elder Dionisio has still been recovering and
I had a leadership meeting in Ilagan so that took almost a whole day but there
have been other blessings this week.
So on Wednesday we had our
leadership meeting. It was really good. President Rahlf was a
seminary teacher back in the day so he just lays open the scriptures super
simply. He gave a scriptural thought from one of Paul's epistles and it
was amazing. I decided that I am super interested in Paul but I didn't
know a lot about him. I found two New Testament seminary guides and have
been tearing through the works of Paul. I have learned so much!
This week has been the best personal study of my mission. At night
after nightly planning, before bed I try to get through a chapter of Paul.
Friday night I woke up at 4 am and couldn't get back to
sleep so opened up The Bible and got through a couple chapters. I love
it. I found one scripture that really hit me. It is Acts 21:13.
At this time Paul wanted to go back to Jerusalem but his associates were
trying to dissuade him because the ruling body was planning to prosecute and
possibly kill him. A man by the name of Agabus prophesied to him that if
he would return to Jerusalem all of this would come to pass. This was
Paul's response to them. "Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to
break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at
Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." Paul illustrated a very
powerful lesson in this short verse. Through his actions he testified
that he was willing to do whatever it took to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
He was willing to give up his lifestyle as part of the Sanhedrin, he was
willing to give up any personal time that he might have had to serve three
missions, he was willing to give up his fortune to live the law of consecration
(assuming that he had a fortune, as a ruler in Israel), and lastly he was
willing to give his life to seal his life and testimony of the risen lord in
his blood. As people striving to become disciples of Jesus Christ, what
are we willing to give up?
Another exciting thing
that happened this week is that I had my first baptismal interview as a
district leader. It went really well. She really has a testimony of
the restored gospel. It was really fun just being able to talk to her and
ask her why she wanted to become a member.
We have quarterly
interviews with President tomorrow. I really enjoy interviews with
President. We just get to talk and I always feel spiritually uplifted
afterwards. That's another self-analyzing question that we can ask our
self on a daily basis. Are we feeling the spirit every day, even for a
moment? It is awesome when it happens consistently.
Thank you all for your
letters. I enjoyed reading all of them.