Friday, March 31, 2017

God wants full custody, not weekend visitation

Some more southern church marquis quotes:

Thou shalt not kill. Stop it.
His light shines to us in the world
Have you asked Jesus Christ how to have eternal life?
Jesus is someone to run to, not from
Remember to thank Jesus everyday in 2017
The son warms your winter days
God wants full custody, not weekend visitation

We met some great people, some crazy people and everywhe
re in between this week… One thing about the mission is that you gain people skills. I have learned how to treat people correctly, how to love someone- truly love someone, and how to get along well and become great friends with someone who lives with you and is by your side 24-7. I have learned how to teach kids, older peeps (shout out to the seniors) and how to teach people from all walks of life. 

I was reading a newsletter from another missionary, and something he said really hit me. He said, "When our intent is to increase people's faith in the Savior, rather than convincing them this is the only true church, we've had more success." I agree 100%. We are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, called to represent him for these 2 short years. We are standing in his place, doing what he would do if he were here. Ultimatley, our purpose is to first learn, understand and apply the atonement of Christ to our own lives, then it is to help everyone else- members, nonmembers, other missionaries, to live by the principles of the gospel, so that by living them, they may come to an understanding of and be able to access the atonement in their lives. 

We met a lady last night who had been taught by missionaries 6 years ago. She warmly let us in, and we talked for a few minutes. she shared how her marriage was at rock bottom, and that her and her husband were going to split any day. Those sister missionaries she said brought the love of God with them. As they visited with her, they helped increase her faith in Christ. They brought the spirit of God into her home. They were a blessing in her life, and brought her closer to the Savior. We are called to preach the gospel, and to baptize. but ya know, I have not baptized many on my mission here in Carolina. Looking back though, I know that Heavenly Father used me as an instrument to bless the lives of other people. By helping other come closer to Christ, we come closer to him ourselves. Yes the way to come to him is through baptism, and we are working very hard to get people there, but if they do not get there, no effort is wasted, since they are one step closer for future missionaries who will be a blessing in the lives of these wonderful people in South Carolina.

Last night we talked with a guy named Jimmy in his home for about an hour. We taught the restoration of the gospel. We taught about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. We bore powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon. He had read a little bit from Mosiah chapters 2-4 and he loved it. He talked a ton, but it was great to see how much the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed his life. He has served so many people and he truly has a light about him. He does not want to come to church with us, but wants to meet again. He said he really likes the Book of Mormon and will bring it to his church to share with others! It is a true book! It outlines the gospel of Christ and the plan of salvation. It is our job in this life to search out pure doctrine, then to act on what we come to know is true. The bible and Book of Mormon contain the fullness of the pure doctrine of Christ. We need both!

Mormon 7:8
" Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you."

We taught Jasmine the gospel of Jesus Christ this week and she is all in! She is set for April 22 to be baptized. She still has not come to church yet, so we will teach the importance of church attendance to her. She understands everything we teach her!! It is awesome!
We met a black man in the street (like usual) who stopped and just talked to us about how we should talk with people. He talked about how we need to be from the heart. Everything we say must come from the heart, then they will believe you…he said lots of things, but I thought about that a lot. Maybe I have been lacking in sincerity lately, because what he was saying just came out of the blue! I've worked on being more sincere to others this week.

Elder Fife and his fam came to town! Love them tons! So glad that I got to meet them!

Elder Mac

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