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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Monday, August 8, 2016
Another Week Amongst the Austinites
Today at 1:02 PM
There is always good to be found in the work of salvation. Today we were at the HEB, buying our groceries, enjoying the P-day, when a man came up to us. He wanted to let us know how grateful he is for us. He says that every time he sees us on the bikes or tracting down a street, he feels motivated, inspired. It is touching for me to see a man that I never met and not even believe in what I do so grateful to see what I do. He was to the point of tears. It was a special moment to see what a missionary tool our example can be.
We had a wild week, as usual. You just can't have it easy when you are covering three wards. The difference between two wards and three wards is more than you would imagine. Sundays are always fun. We go to meeting at 7:00, attend the first hour of 8:30 church, then drive 7 miles to the other building to get to 10:00 service, then stick around until 5:00. I love it. My dad was never home on Sundays. It seemed that he always skipped around from meeting to meeting, making friends, feeling the spirit. As a child, I didn't understand why someone would want to go to more than the mandatory 3 hours of church, but it makes perfect sense now. It is so easy to feel the spirit, and to receive revelation at church. Much easier than sitting at home. We contemplate, we worship, we strive to be like Christ, we take the sacrament, we see old friends, we make new ones, we sing beautiful songs. We do it together. It's hard a to do it alone. Attending 10 hours of church of week is a blessing, not a burden. I wish I could do it every week of my mission.
We found a new investigator this week. Or really, he found us. F gave us a call asking where our church building was. We told him when and then asked to meet with him. He was more than happy to. He recently moved here from New York. He found out about the church through the smash-hit Broadway musical, "The Book of Mormon". He got interested about the church and talked to missionaries on Mormon.org. He wanted to join the church, but his parents, who are strongly against any religion, forced him not to. He attended church for the longest time, waiting to become a member. Well, now that he is far from his parents, and far from their pressure, he is going to meet with missionaries. He already knows just about everything about the church. His situation is a little more interesting than others, so we will see how it will turn out, but it's another person we get to meet with, and another member in the making.
This week two of my favorite families in Old Settlers Ward moved. One of the families moved in the same week I got into the Ward! That usually doesn't happen. It was strange to put a couch into their UHAUL that I helped take out of a UHAUL for them. Usually missionaries are the transient +members, being transferred from area to area, swapping out companions and switching wards here and there, but my stay in Old Settlers Ward has felt a little too permanent. The bishop and his counselors have threatened me with a calling, sending me to nursery, and asking for my tithing. Honestly, It's starting to look like it.
Recently my mind has been brought to think about prayer, and the prayer of faith. I made a study for the prayer of faith and what it means to pray with faith. Here is an insert from it What is the prayer of faith? How do we pray with faith? To strengthen our prayers, let's strengthen our faith in prayer, by learning more about prayer. Knowledge and faith grow together. What is prayer? Calling upon the name of the Lord (BD, Prayer) Is there different kinds of prayer? Yes. There are vocal prayers (3 Nephi 19) and prayers of the heart (3 Nephi 20:1) There are songs of the righteous that are prayers (D&C 25:12) even group prayer is a type of prayer (3 Nephi 18:21) It's a communication with our Heavenly Father. We always pray in the name of Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 18:19) How often should we pray? Luke 21:36 Thessalonians 2:11 2 Nephi 32:8-9 3 Nephi 18:19 D&C 10:5 D&C 93:49 Pray ALWAYS! That phrase shows up in the standard works over 18 times What are some reasons that it tells us to pray always? That we may not enter into temptation (prayer cleanses us, prayer protects us) That whatsoever we shall ask it shall be given to us That God may consecrate our performance To be counted worthy Do we always get what we want when we pray? D&C 50:29-30 Attributes of the prayer of faith. 1 Nephi 1:5-6, Ether 3:5,6,9 Enos 1:11-12 We pray for the welfare of others. The lord visits us and gives us revelation. this is why it is so important to teach with the spirit, and to pray for the spirit
Faith is essential. Faith brings miracles. Faith brings obedience. Faith brings the ability to use the atonement.