So this week wasn't the best week ever, but it definitely had it's highlights. On Tuesday we had exchanges with the 1st ward elders. I was with Elder HXXXXX in their area. Which is just across the street from our area so it didn't feel like much of a change. But anyways, that day it was freezing cold and wet. We were biking around all day and I came down with the stomach flu. It was awful. I was sick the whole next day and now I'm finally close to feeling 100%. So It was a rough few days after that.
On Thursday we had District Meeting, and “Train the Trainer.” Train the Trainer is when President SXXXXX goes around the mission and meets with all the Trainers. Our Train the Trainer meeting consisted of maybe 15 companionships from a couple surrounding zones. It was so awesome. It was so sweet to hear from President. Every time he speaks to the missionaries I get so motivated and inspired. I've never felt the spirit stronger in a talk than when President SXXXXX speaks.
His message was awesome. He talked about the mission statement of the doctrine of Christ and the ministerial statement. His mission was to perform the Atonement. To pay the price for us. To be our advocate with the Father. No one could accomplish this mission but Him. His ministerial statement is "come follow me.” Christ invites all men to repent and come unto Him. This is something we can all do. We do this through Faith, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. This is how we access the Atonement. The Atonement of Christ is available for everyone. The healing, the peace, the happiness is there for us all. All we have to do is put forth our hand, and take hold of his.
XXXXX's baptism was on Saturday. That was so awesome. Every single part of that program was youth led. The prayers, the musical numbers, the talks, even the actual ordinance was done by XXXXX’s friend XXXXX, a priest. It really was an amazing experience. It is such a testimony builder for me to see kids, 17 and 18 year old kids, exercising so much faith in building the kingdom of God. This Gospel is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Atonement is real because I am a witness of it's divine power in the lives of real people. Prayer works. God listens. God answers. I love being a servant of the Lord.