Monday, April 1, 2013

3 Nephi 12:10

(e-mail from 3/25/13)

3 Nephi 12:10    And blessed are all they who are apersecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

How's it going?!

This week was a bit slower than the past couple weeks. That really bummed me out. We had some snow storms later in the week which always slows down the work. This week in sacrament meeting, the talks were all about strengthening through the family. The speakers shared experiences about their families and how important what we learn in the home really is. It made me so grateful to be raised in the home that I was raised in and with the family I am blessed with. One of the speakers gave this quote in his talk from Barbara Bush- "What happens in the white house, isn't nearly as important as what happens in your house". It's so true. So much of the problems that society faces today could have and should have been resolved or prevented in the home. It's so important to "learn wisdom in thy youth" (scripture mastery? forget the reference). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is THE perfect plan to happiness. If people can unite in purpose with living the gospel as their goal, harmony with one another and true happiness is achieved.

This week we got two new investigators! I was on exchange with Elder XXXXX here in Stockton. We tracted in to this guy who is a theology major and a practicing Methodist. But he is really free form in his beliefs. He was a really cool guy. He let us in and we taught him about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. He had A LOT of questions for us which is always fun. He invited us to dinner in a week.

Tracting really has taught me a lot about human nature. Here's my observation: The people who are weak in their beliefs or morals, or just rely on the knowledge of others (their pastor, preacher etc.) are never open to discussion with us. They slam the door. The people who are solid in their beliefs, who stand firm for what they believe to be true are always open for discussion. Just an interesting observation. You can tell a lot about someone’s character by how they treat strangers.

This work is really hard. I have never done anything so challenging, but so rewarding in my life.         

"TRIUMPH usually comes from putting a little more "umph" into your "try."  President Thomas S. Monson.

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