What a rewarding week this past week has been!
I've had the privilege of seeing two individuals who I worked with in my last area (North Salt Lake), enter into the waters of baptism and into a sacred covenant with our God. I am so happy for Joe (32) and Kevin (40). They are truly going to be blessed by the Lord for their obedience to him. It was a wonderful experience!
I would like to take one moment and address a common topic in this Gospel: Faith.
Alma 32:21 - "And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true."
Gaining faith is a gift from our God. Without faith, what would we have? We must depend on it. We must "nourish" our faith every single day of our mortal lives…What happens if a plant or flower no longer has water, soil or sunlight? What about a grand oak? What happens when the nourishing ceases to continue upon this marvelous and beautiful wonder? It dies. If the tree isn't nourished constantly, it will wither away. The same is with our faith and testimonies. Please, do all you can to keep your faith strong! Nourish it daily. Give it the proper necessities that it needs. Through faith and showing our faith, we will be blessed. I can testify of that. And when things get hard, keep pushing. There is light ahead. There is hope. Our God and Savior are standing close by. They live, I know it. Jesus is the Christ is there every step up of the way. We must stay close to him. Remember, CPR! (Church, Pray, Read!)
Every time I have the opportunity to teach and testify of Joseph Smith and his experience in the sacred grove, my faith grows. It's because I can so strongly feel the Spirit each and every time I do so. The Spirit testifies of truth. I know and cannot deny that Joseph saw what he said he saw. He saw our God and Jesus Christ. He was called as a prophet to open up this last dispensation. Christ's Gospel is real and is once again on this earth. How lucky are we?!
This Gospel is so plain, simple and precious. Just as Nephi delights in the plainness of this Gospel, I do too. It is so simple. Our God is not a God of confusion. He is a simple God. Please do not hesitate to share this plain and simple Gospel with anyone! Show them the blessings that accompany it. Show them the joy it creates. The happiness it brings.
"After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel." - The Prophet Joseph Smith
I am so grateful for this short but amazing opportunity I have to indulge myself full-time in sharing the joy of this Gospel that I know and love. Through all the hard and discouraging times, it is all worth it. Sharing this amazing message brings more joy to me than anything.
Stay busy and stay safe. Stay close to our loving Redeemer.
My favorite quote this week: "Bitterness poisons mostly the one who harbors it in his heart." - President Spencer W. Kimball
My favorite scripture this week: Mosiah 9:21 - "Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth."