Did you ever have a week that on Tuesday you think it’s Friday and on Saturday you think it’s Wednesday? That happened to me. The first one was a relief. Realizing we still had a whole week in front of us was awesome! But the second one threw me for a loop. Oh well.
We were really busy from start to finish this week. We had two exchanges, one of which we started directly following P-Day last week.
I was with Anziano Smith (not the same Anziano Smith I have talked about before). He is in his first transfer and is a great missionary. Always seeking to learn and ask questions and a great finder. It was fun being with someone so young in the mission. Then on Thursday I was on exchange with Anziano Morlock, who is a hoot. He is an awesome guy, a great teacher, and very relatable person. I liked serving with him and we saw miracles together!
The first was a lesson with a mother and her adult daughter who we called from a list of numbers we had received from other missionaries. They were so nice and engaged in the lesson of the restoration. As I bore my testimony of the Book of Mormon, there was a moment that I realized as I was speaking that I had no idea what I was actually saying; but I could feel the spirit testifying and their faces were my witness. I’ll go ahead and say right now that the Book of Mormon is incredible. It has blessed my life beyond comprehension on a daily basis and I am extremely grateful for the difference it has made in my life. It is why I am here.
The second miracle we had was with a young man to whom we started teaching English outside of our normal English group meeting times, and we also teach him our beliefs. We talked with him about the restoration, and testified strongly of the reality that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and the Book of Mormon is the key to knowing it all. At the end we kneeled to pray (per Anziano Morlock’s inspiration) and the spirit was so strong that afterward all he could say was how strange and good he felt. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY AND DOING THESE THINGS.
What we are doing here matters. It blesses people’s lives. It has blessed my life. The rest of the time was filled with seeing a few other people, finding, plus a super fun zone-wide helping hands service activity in Castellammare.
In the past several months you may have noticed I have been focused intently on obedience and consecration. These two things have blessed my mission and me personally to an extent I cannot describe. But today I want talk to you all of the great grace of our Savior.
I was recently counseled to not only develop Christlike attributes such as patience and charity towards others but also towards myself. This hasn’t been an easy endeavor – as I assume it wouldn’t be for anyone – but the prophet Gordon B. Hinckely helped me a lot to remember the role of our Redeemer saying, “He will help you. He will bless you. He will comfort and sustain you. There will be progress. There will be growth. There will be improvement. And there will be much of added happiness. If there has been failure in the past, if there has been sin, if there has been indolence, they may all be overcome.” I know that all things can be accomplished through the grace of Jesus Christ.
I have felt his help and I know He is there for each of us.
I love you all. Have a great week!