While teaching the Restoration, we tend to ask how Jesus might feel about the lamb he's holding in his arms in the picture on the front of the Restoration pamphlet. We usually get answers like, "love, concern, protection, how he feels about us." But we got a new answer this week while teaching on the street: "Hungry, like he wants some lamb chops for dinner." That guy was a gem, and that answer was a first!
Another first... I may or may not have had a run-in with law enforcement... for
the first time... on my mission. Of all places. I got pulled over!! But no
fear, I just accidentally had my brights on, and that kind officer just gave me
a warning. But that doesn't mean I wasn't shakin like a 9 on the Richter Scale.
Sweatin like a sinner in church, ya might say. Well, what can ya do, some
people are just a little dumb (me).
Other firsts I've experienced on my mission thus far: 1) I have never EVER been
so consistently exhausted - physically, mentally, emotionally. 2) I have never
had so many feelings of inadequacy, frustration, and disappointment. 3) I have
never felt so lonely. 4) I have never felt so close to God. 5) I
have never found such pure joy out of studying the gospel. 6) I have
NEVER felt such a purpose for my life and such a confirmation that I'm where I
need to be. 7) I have never felt so much joy or so much love - both that I'm
sending out and that I'm receiving.
And that my friends, is missionary work. The most grueling of work, and the
most intense spiritual rewards. But please don't wait for an experience like a
mission to claim those spiritual blessings! You can start now! You can delve
into the gospel NOW. You can serve with all your heart NOW. There's no better
day than today.
And now, I've saved the best for last... Brother Joe got baptized and
confirmed this week! I'm so proud of him and feel so immensely blessed to have
witnessed this change take place in his life. I've seen the gospel change him.
He is a completely new person. And he's so so happy. I don't know what else to
say other than this: This church is true. Only the restored gospel of Jesus
Christ can fill every hole in our lives, in our souls. If you're not sharing
it, start. Those blessings that you've received demand to be shared. I promise
you that as you reach outside your comfort zone and pray for opportunities and
courage to share the gospel, your conviction will grow, you will see blessings
in your life, and you will find immeasurable joy in giving others this
I love y'all so much! Make no mistake about it, I desperately need your prayers
and appreciate them immensely.