Come what may, and love it! 4/27/15
-bringing investigators home
-answers to prayers
I keep forgetting to tell you guys about the cars here. People love to flash money around. I see an Aston Martin on the daily. It is pretty common to see some cars made by Bently. There are also a few by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls Royce on the island. That's nothing compared to the houseboats and the yachts across the street. It's stupid how much money some people have. To make this paragraph more spiritual I'll throw in, "The love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). There isn't anything wrong with having money until you love it more than God. President N. Eldon Tanner, a successful man, testified, “Nothing will bring greater joy and success than to live according to the teachings of the gospel. Be an example; be an influence for good.”
Anyway, we have been trying to use family history as another way to do finding and we were able to see some success this week. One potential named Michelle was really excited about family history but doesn't work well with computers. We met up with her at the library and created an account to get her started. Then after we did quite a bit online with her we offered that she could come to our house to print off a few papers. It's extremely odd for missionaries to say they brought her back to their place, but yolo (it's the senior couples house).
The branch Relief Society also happened to be quilting at our place so she was able to meet all of them. Once a member jumped in and started helping we told them we had to go and left them. She ended up staying for hours and the members did a great job fellowshipping.
There are a few other new investigators this week but I am most excited about one who is an ordained CoE minister. She used to think "Mormonism" is a cult but over the years her perspective has changed. She now knows we don't worship Joseph Smith. We found out she loves Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Now she is surprisingly open to the Book of Mormon so we are hoping for the best.
This week study was amazing. It always is. My favourite talk was "Guided Safely Home" by President Monson. He reminds the priesthood brethren to know what direction they are heading and not to allow their agency to become limited.
My favourite chapter from Luke this week was chapter 15. Jesus gives the parables of the lost sheep, the piece of silver, and the prodigal son. The biggest thing that I realised is in each parable they were lost for a different reason. The sheep slowly wandered through fields looking for better grass. The coin wasn't responsible for being lost. The prodigal son willfully rebelled. No matter the reason someone is astray, there is rejoicing when they come back. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and His arms are open.
On another note, I was learning about receiving answers to prayers. Many missionaries and church members seek for guidance constantly, which is good, but we need to act. Basically answers to prayers come in three different ways. The firstis a confirming assurance that the decision we have made is right. For me I will receive this answer when I read the scriptures and a certain verse pops out to me, with the Spirit burning inside. The second is the opposite of the first. Unsettled feelings will help us know that a decision is wrong. For me this often comes as stress and headaches.
The third way that prayers are often answered usually seems like no answer at all. It's called Divine trust. Usually, if we are living worthily and a choice is consistent with the Savior's teachings, God wants to see how we will act. After all, we are on Earth to use our agency and to learn from choices we make. If we received deliberate guidance for every little decision the purpose of this life would be minimized.
Keep moving forward with faith and you will receive enough guidance to keep you on the right path. I was thinking of this when we were hiking on Herm two weeks ago in thick fog. It was difficult to see in the distance, but we could see the pathway enough to continue. Heavenly Father will give us just enough to help us continue. My new favourite Mormon Message is one man sharing his story which illustrates my point perfectly. If you have seven minutes it's stellar.
Sorry this post is grandpa's eyebrows! Much love,