We had a really good week. There were so many chances to learn more things. I'm so thankful that we have time to study each morning and learn new things. Every morning I spend time reading and studying the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible. I wanted to start the New Testament so I can learn more of Christ's life and fill that well so the spirit can draw off the things I learn in the bible. Right now I'm in Matthew 24 and Alma 27. I've been loving how easy it is to apply the experiences of Ammon and his brotheren to myself and missionary work. One scripture that stood out to me as I was reading this morning was Alma 27 verse 4:
"for they were treated as though they were angels sent from God to save them from everlasting destruction—therefore, when Ammon and his brethren saw this great work of destruction, they were moved with compassion"
This verse helped me see the importance of the role I play in bringing the gospel to others. There are so many people facing trials and challenges in this life. They may not be facing the life threatening destruction that the Anti-Nephi-Lehis faced, but they do face problems. I'm glad I get to play a part and help share this gospel which brings joy and provides a strong foundation on which to build. Our role is to be those angels. A great way we can do that is by being examples to those around us. This is emphasized is an excerpt from an email from President Lewis to us.
"I thought you would all love the exact quote for the information shared in zone conferences about the three things that attracted people to investigate the Church. It's taken from "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" by Clayton Christensen. Here's the excerpt from pp. 26-27:
"In 1975, the Church did an extensive survey of new converts to determine what it was about the Church that had initially interested them. These were the results, in order of frequency of mention:
1. The feeling of closeness to God that they wanted to experience because they could see this closeness in the lives of Mormons they knew.
2. Happiness and a sense of peace, which they wanted and which they saw in the lives of Mormons they knew.
3. They wanted a better sense of purposefulness and direction in their lives. They tended to see this in Mormons they knew.
Only 9 percent of new converts said that doctrine was the main thing that attracted them to the Church. For all who are baptized and remain active, doctrine becomes much of the glue that cements them in the Church. But it typically isn't what they were looking for at the outset.""
We must be in example in how we live our lives. People are watching and when they see the joy we have they will want to know how they can find it for themselves. One way we can do that in this season is by participating in the Light The World Initiative. If anyone can find the time I'd love to see pictures and ear stories about how everyone is putting into action the initiative.
This week we are going to be having a great time. Tomorrow we have our Christmas Gathering in Quincy and it is going to be a lot of fun. After the gathering I'll be going on exchanges with Elder Aguirre. Then later in the week we will have district council.we will have our transfer calls and in no time the transfer will be over. It's crazy. I hope everyone has a great week!