And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
- D&C 18:15
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
This One's for all the Marbles
We were having dinner with a member family in the Stony Point Ward on Thursday. Who was it with? The P family. Brother P is a half-Brazilian from Uruguay and Sister P is from Brazil. What are they doing in Round Rock, Texas? He's in the MBA Program at BYU and interning at Dell. In fact, he was in the same program as my brother! He has probably talked to my brother more than I have for the past year. It was mind blowing to sit down with this family who knew my family. That doesn't happen on a mission. Yet it all felt familiar to me. Here I was, having dinner with a Brazilian family, the Dad interning at Dell from the BYU MBA program, talking to them about my brother and his wife and his family. How could this be familiar? It's because it happened to me a year ago! The G family had us over for dinner last August. He was interning at Amazon and coming from the BYU MBA Program. They're originally from Brazil. There you go. Let's see what happens next summer. Wednesday we found out that our amazing investigator, M, will be unable to be baptized for at least a few months. It was a little disheartening, but M understands the reason perfectly. He came to church with us all three hours for the first time this Sunday. Afterwards he helped us put up chairs with the Elders quorum and talked to his fellowships in the hall afterwards. It was like he was a member like anyone else. And that is how it should be. He was completely in the church. It was like he was another member. It's a blessing to be able to teach Matthew. The B family came to church. The kids will get baptized in less than two weeks. I do not understand the B family. We are not teaching them, we are reminding them what is right, and then we are aren't inviting them, they are telling us that they're going to do what we were about to ask them to. When we first started to meet with the B, the goal was to reactivate the parents. Now, the children are getting baptized. What can you do? I was able to teach the T for the first time in two weeks. It's not that we haven't been teaching this family, it's just that we have been going on splits almost every single night with the amount of work that we have in between the three wards, and I've been missing out on some of the best lessons of my mission! With most families, going two weeks in between appointments isn't that big of a deal, but we teach the T about 2-3 times a week. So it was a happy reunion to teach them again. They have to be one of my favorite families I've taught on my mission. And I can thank that to the missionaries who first taught them, Elder G and Elder A. Elder A is one of the most amazing missionaries I have ever met. It is no surprise that I am doing his work. I'm glad that he is one of my trainers. I got to give one of my recent convert families a call to see how they were doing. New members of the church are exciting to talk with. They are still fresh in the gospel but have a confidence and faith that is so powerful. I know that the blessings of being a member are unmatchable to any perceived blessings that would come outside of having a faith in Christ. One of my favorite scriptures of late comes from the Book of Mormon. It is part of a beautiful chiasmus in Moroni 7, "For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing." We don't have to guess or struggle with what is of God and what isn't. We don't have to question. Every good thing comes of Christ. He knows all things. His laws will be good, and they will be from everlasting to everlasting. Otherwise, they are not of God.
Elder Richard Hall
1. Me and the P family 2. Me and the G family, back when nobody told me that I couldn't wear skinny ties 3. Me and the A family. Apparently they're good friends with my Brother's family.