Monday, September 19, 2016

"The Trap"

This week I did another baptismal interview! It was very good! The guy is pretty solid- He was baptized on Saturday! We had zone conference on Friday, and that was a really good one! President talked about how each and every diligent, obedient missionary, plays a part in every baptism in the mission. It is 100% true. It may sound weird at first, but it's true. For this last baptism I played a direct part in it! The zone had 2 baptisms this weekend, putting us at 7 for the month here in the Charleston zone! We have 14 on date in the zone right now, all in October! We will be seeing some more baptisms soon! The Assistants conduct zone conference, and we don't do anything but get members to bring food, and assign musical numbers and prayers. 

Anyway, the AP's were late to conference. It was because on Friday morning, while in their apartment, a lady drove her car through their front wall!!! They said it sounded like a nuclear bomb. They were fine, and the lady was high on something. They found pills in her purse too! However, they did make it to conference, and all is well! 

President talked a lot about preparing solid ground for our investigators, less-actives and even us. We have got to be applying the gospel to our lives daily. For investigators that would be us helping them to have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. For members it is having faith, repenting, remembering baptismal covenants, living do that we can have the spirit to be with us always, and repeat! I like the little twist on the gospel for members! As always I bring a question to zone conference, and I got answers! Missionary meetings are always so uplifting! 

We have been busy with gathering stake coordination information. We had stake coordination last night with the stake president, high councilman over missionary work, President Turner, his wife, the sister training leaders and a councilor in the mission presidency. It was pretty cool being a part of it all. We talked about the South Carolina initiative and the missionary work in the zone! It is cool seeing how the church functions from an insider point of view! 

We got led into a "trap" the other day. There was a guy and his daughter who came to church last week, and we set up a time to see him. We went in and taught the restoration. He had studied up on us, and asked very deep questions. I thought he was pretty interested at first. He said at one point something like, "Now, I'm going to challenge you, and don't take that the wrong way. Know that it is because I love you guys." I found that to be very odd. He pulled out a notebook and took notes as well. I have never seen anybody take notes. He denied Joseph Smith, he denied the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, he denied our testimonies saying "you seem sincere, but sincerity is different from truth." He denied that there was ever a great apostasy. If there was no apostasy, there was no need for Restoration. He brought up sermons that Joseph Smith gave, and many different things from Doctrine and Covenants (a book of scripture that includes revelations given to Joseph Smith). His questions were formed so well as if to try and make us doubt what we believe in. We tried answering his questions, but he would just ask more questions based off our answers. We had our ward mission leader with us, and at one point he just stopped talking. I did not catch on to what was happening until later on. I made the same point three times that all we do is invite others to read this Book of Mormon and to ask God if it is true. Nobody needs to take our word for anything. Ask your creator who knows everything! He will answer you! 

He would not listen. It never got contentious, but he just contested what we said over and over again. In the end we spent 2 hours there, and ultimately wasted at least an hour of our time. We are here to teach the gospel, not to be taught the gospel. He gave us a card to his church group. On the back one of the questions said "How should I teach the gospel to Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses', and Mormons?" He does not think we teach the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

Yes, Mormons are peculiar, yes we do have some crazy history, and yes we have boldly claimed that our church is the only true and living church of Jesus Christ on earth today. All we do is share various messages about Christ's restored gospel and ask those we teach to find out for themselves if what we say is truth or all false. All anybody needs to do is read the Book of Mormon sincerely, and later ask God if it is true. Those who ask with a sincere heart, with real intent to act upon the answer they receive, and if they ask in faith, the Holy Spirit will manifest the truthfulness of it unto you. I know that to be true and so do millions of people living on the earth do as well.
Charleston Southern University 

Brayden's apartment

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