Monday, March 26, 2012

Another Great Week in Libby 3/26/2012

   We have had another great week over here in Libby.  All of the recent converts are doing very well and are so excited about the gospel.  They come to church every week and faithfully read The Book of Mormon.  Their doing everything that they need to be doing to increase their faith in Christ and gain a lasting testimony.  This last week we had lessons with the Hollingsworths and Baileys on temples and eternal families more in depth and they are all excited to be able to go to the temple with their family in a year.  Actually now that I think about it, this whole week has been sort of jam-packed with instances where we've been able to explain the blessings that come from having temples.  We had a lesson on the Plan of Salvation with Sharon and she soaked it all in.  The high point of the lesson, however, was when we talked about how we do ordinance work for the dead in temples and that she can be sealed together and be with her family forever.  The spirit was so strong then and you could tell that the spirit had witnessed to her everything that we were saying was true.  She told us that she wanted to be baptized on May 20th.  She picked that day because she said it would give her time to finish The Book of Mormon, which is a worthy goal, but the way she is progressing, I know that she can have it finished and have a testimony of the restoration of the gospel before then.  Sierra is still doing great despite many trials that she has to go through.  She was supposed to get baptized on Saturday (kind of a last minute thing), but she was sick and was unable to get baptized then.  Despite all the trials she has, she always has a smile on her face every time we see her and has always had a really positive attitude about things.  A woman who we've been trying to meet with and the ward has attempted to fellowship into the ward for quite some time now came to church for the first time ever yesterday.  Her grandchildren are members of the church and she has always wondered what it was that they believed in, but I guess has always been afraid to come to church.  She told us that she had made up her mind that she would attend sometime within the near future, but not this week.  However, the spirit kept working with her until she decided to go with her grandchildren to church yesterday.  She had a great experience for her first time and wants to learn more about what we believe.  So we will be meeting with her sometime this week hopefully.  I am very much looking forward to general conference and being able to watch it at the church with the Hollingsworths, Baileys, and all of our investigators.  General Conference is something that I have come to appreciate so much more since I began serving a mission.  I love to listen to the prophets and apostle of the Lord speak to us.  It's a miracle of the restoration that for some reason I think a lot of us don't fully appreciate, that we do have a prophet who speaks to us today.  The things that he says are inspired of the Lord and are as important for us today as the words of the prophets in the scriptures.  I know that Thomas S. Monson is  the living prophet of the Lord today.  I know that the apostles and other leadership of this church are called of God.  I am so thankful to be a member of not just a church, but Christ’s church.  The only church that has the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I honestly don't know where I would be without my testimony of the Savior.  I love you all and hope you have a great week and a great time listening to general conference this week.
p.s.  I forgot to answer Michelle's question. We had transfers last week, so I still have at least five weeks in Libby.  Next transfer call is April 29

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