It's been a great week that's just flownnnn by.
Read a great talk by Elder Ballard from this past conference, Following Up.
Loved how he followed up on his past commitments from conference, definitely inspired me to follow up more powerfully on the commitments we extend. He referenced how important our church name is, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." There's a reason the Lord told us to name His church that. So I tried to use our name more in finding this week. You can teach so much about Christ, our message's center, and how it's His restored church in the Latter-days. I had a really cool experience teaching a kid on the bus about it, and he wanted to meet again!
Saw my old ward mission leader this week! He is the BEST. Such a happy, spiritual guy. It's amazing how much a difference one family like his could make in a branch like ours if they were here. One family CAN make all the difference.
Taught the our mafia friend's son this week. Cool to watch the kid transform from shy to warm and friendly. What we said really resonated with him. If we can connect with people, go to where they're at, and teach to their needs/interests, not just off a script, it truly opens hearts.
Went on exchanges with the Zone Leader, Elder Farr this week. What an amazing missionary. Serving with him really raised my vision of who I can become. This is his last transfer and it great to learn how he'd changed over his time. I've come so far, but have yet so far to go.
Choose now to have faith. We choose now to stick with our standards regardless of the situtation, then when we're tempted it's easy to be strong. Choose now to have faith regardless of the result. We know it's all true, we believe in miralces, God is our Father and Christ is our Savior, and this is their church. So no matter what comes, no matter what we see or don't see, we will have faith. Choose ye this day....
That's a lot of what district meeting was about this week, Faith, Discipleship, Works, Results. Elder Bednar's devotional "That we might not shrink." teaches the principle of having "the faith not to see results." We need to belive in Christ's ability and the reality of His power to do all things. Then trust completely in His will, His timetable. And go forward doing all we can to that unseen hope become seen (Heb 11;1). We are disciples regardless of the results we see. We maintain the vision of who we are and what we are doing, no matter how people accept our message. BUT, we can expect to see certain results. We are promised miracles (Eth12:16) and personal progression/conversion (Alma 5:12). "Miracles are a natural result of correct application of true principles." So we can have a surety that the Lord will work miracles in our work. He will change us, our hearts, our desires. Our capacity to serve Him will increase. And He has promised to that He is preparing people to receive us. We have that faith, to see those results, and a hope that we can see people exercise their agency righteously. We manifest that through our works. (james2:17-18,22). That faith WILL affect others.
I know that this is the work God wants me to do. I am exactly where He wants me to be. I fall short day after day. But through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I am picked back up, and climb just a little higher each time. Heavenly Father loves His children in Korea just as much as He does in Africa or Brazil. And He called me as His servant to invite them to come unto Christ.
It's all true. I know we can see miracles everyday as we do His work.
So will you look through eyes of faith and see His hand in your life, each day this week?
If you look, and pray to recognize, you will see it. In a beautiful, overwhelmingly merciful way.
Love you ALL!
--yes I was playing against the sisters. No I will not say which one is me. ㅠㅠ