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, September 26, 2016
How Can we Sleep When our Beds are Burning?
You know that you still haven't quite acclimated to Texas when you are sleeping with no covers in late September. Luckily, we have hit a cold front and rain over the weekend, and the high today is 79. Sweater weather! Not really, but in Texas, you take what you can get. I also congratulate anyone who knows what song my title is from.
These past few weeks have been filled with many miracles and lots of work. I have found myself leaning towards the administrative side of being a missionary. Making lots of phone calls, having multiple meetings, going on exchanges, writing reports. It's a fun side of missionary work, but it isn't quite as fun as going out and getting to work. This week we were able to have a lot of lessons with our recent convert families, which is important. When you are young in any transition, there is a lot of opposition that you face. Our recent converts to the church in this area have been facing many oppositions. Thank goodness that they have many friends in the faith and they are Abel to be continually nourished by the good word of God.
One of the highlights of the week came from a combined dinner we had with my replacements in the Stony Point Ward. We ate with the Tejada family, and shared a bright lesson on how to feel the Holy Ghost. It was so great to have a powerful discussion with this wonderful family. The fruits of our labors are so sweet when they are fully ripe.
We were also able to teach the Bice family, who have been having a difficult time since their children were baptized. We were glad when they answered the door, and within minutes of starting our lesson, there was a great feeling of light and love in the house. Their family situation has not been the greatest, but even now they are donating blankets to hospitals, letting friends live with them, and helping widows in the neighborhood. This family is an excellent example of charity and service.
I was able to have diner with another one of my recent convert families, the C. They were baptized in March. In May they moved north of Round Rock to the Liberty Hill Ward. After not hearing from them in a while, I reached out and scheduled a dinner appointment. We got talking about their jobs, their 3-year old daughter, other things, but most important, we talked about how happy they were. They love the Ward they are in, and plan on being sealed in the spring. What a wonderful feeling.
We were able to teach P, a recent convert in the Pflugerville Ward. She is from Senegal originally, but said she came to America with her husband, and decided to find the right church while she was at it. Now she is a happy member of the Pflugerville congregation, who had their children's primary program yesterday. Almost 100 kids sang and talked in our sacrament meeting. It was P's first time seeing one, and she thought it was hilarious. i think that too, P.
As for people we are meeting with who are not members yet, we had a beautiful lesson with M H
, an elderly lady who has attended church with a member for four months now. She loves the church and the people, but wants to be absolutely clear that she knows the Book of Mormon is true. We have been teaching her about faith and the Holy Ghost for the past few weeks, and slowly but surely she is realizing that this church is true, but the power is in the faith. We are also teaching a woman who recently married a member. She loves the Book of Mormon, but has a hard time committing to the church because her husband is not active in the church. She has a great heart and a good spirit, and I know with the help of her husband will take the faith to be baptized.
We are teaching and having so much fun and working so hard, but I won't make this too long. I want you to know, that there are few feelings as great as the one of conversion. A man taught Elders quorum yesterday. He and his family have been members for four years and has been in four wards and have never faltered in the faith, even though the world has offered them every reason to. And why is that? Because the Lord's kingdom is not of this world. He bore powerful witness of the truthfulness of the church and all that it concludes. I had my testimony to his.