|Exchanges with the Arkansas Elders Mughal, Kirk, Hingano and me|
It's so awesome to be back in the zone where I started my mission, but this place has changed so much, everyone just seems to be in a different world. My new companion is Elder Mughal, originally from California but has lived in Utah since he was 8-years-old. He came out on his mission the same time I did.
This past week we got to work and it was awesome. We were out tracting and weren't having the best of times but we kept at it. In doing so we met a young lady who we woke up. She told us to come back the next day at an earlier time. Of course we did. We made our way to her door in the cold and pouring rain on our bikes, but upon our arrival she was so happy to see us. We taught her on her door step asking the question, "so what do you think the purpose of this life is?" She said, "you know, I had this conversation with a friend the other day,” so we asked "did you come to a conclusion/answer?" When she said “no” we went on to tell her what our purpose really was in this life. Coincidence? I think not! It's amazing how the Lord helps us discern the needs of those we are teaching to the point we can teach to their needs and help them come to know of the goodness of the Lord and about His plan for them.
We also had a regional Stake Conference this weekend. It was awesome. The speakers focused a lot on temple work and less-actives. It was well delivered and I enjoyed it. During my studies this week I was once again brought to the humbling realization of why we have the scriptures.
John 20:31 teaches us, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
On this same subject Elder D. Todd Christofferson has said:
|Me and my new companion, Elder Mughal|
"In the end, the central purpose of all scripture is to fill our souls with faith in God the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ—faith that They exist; faith in the Father’s plan for our immortality and eternal life; faith in the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which animates this plan of happiness; faith to make the gospel of Jesus Christ our way of life; and faith to come to know ‘the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom [He has] sent."
It really brings one to the reality of why we need to treasure up these words and why we need to share these words for they all testify of the Savior. They guide us that we might know who He is, His will for us and what He expects of us. The scriptures are a witness of the love of God for us and of His plan which was created for us. It has been brought forth to help us know of Him and to strengthen our testimony and the testimonies of others. Let us not take it for granted. I know it will answer any question and strengthen any individual that is my personal witness to you. Until next week.