Monday, February 17, 2014

Feb. 17,  2014
This past Sunday was the BEST day of my mission yet. Hands down.
We had a baptismal service!!!! A less active, reactived by my companion and his trainer, had his 8yr old son(taught by the sisters) get baptized. And another less active who started coming back a few months ago, baptized his 19 yr old son(taught by the other elders). The first baptisms 동해 has had in over a YEAR. So great!!!! And we had a record number of church attendance. Not enough chairs to fit everyone!
Best part? WE HAD INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH! I've been fasting and praying for a long time to get investigators to church and we've been working really hard. And after a transfer and a half.....the Lord blessed us with an amazing miracle!!! Two of our cool college investigators, young-chul and jun-yong, came!!! They were 30 min late, but they made it in time for sacrament meeting! And the talks (which are often sketchy out here in the more wild part of the Lord's vineyard) were awesome! Our two strongest members spoke about faith and repentance. Then the baptism service was afterwards which they stayed for. AND Jae-wan, another college kid (who attends the Yale/Stanford or Korea) showed up! So 3 investigators at the service. And they all stayed for the big meal afterwards. Our members did a great job fellowshipping and making them feel loved. One member said "Ohhhh you elders brought such handsome boys to church. Don't worry, I made sure to touch them." AHhh, in our own special way, the branch is VERY good at fellowshipping. Low form language and touching. Afterwards, we just stood around in the parking lot and talked and threw snow balls. It was perfect. They LOVED church.
Oh it's snowed a total of 6-7 feet in the past week and a half. So we've shoveled SOOO much at our church/just around.
I had a really powerful experience in the Book of Mormon the other day. I was reading 3 Nephi 17, where Christ prays for the people and blesses the sick and the children. The whole chapter is so beautiful and striking. But verse 17 hit me especially.
"And no atongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father."
Such JOY filled their souls, to the point that it is impossible for us to imagine, when Christ prayed for US. For some reason that imagine burned in my mind, Jesus Christ, kneeling and pleading unto the Father in MY behalf. And he does that still. In his role as advocate and mediator, he still speaks with the Father for us. What a wonderful image. What powerful joy. Ahhhh, it is so amazing. So awesome, in the truest sense of the word. I know my redeemer lives. And he shall live again. He watches over us with infinite mercy. He is the good shepherd. He will leave the 99 to find the 1. Through him and his sacrifice, we can receive peace in this life and salvation in the world to come. This I know.
Love you all!

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