Monday, January 4, 2016

Simeon Continues to Find

Getting ready to eat my Christmas cookies!
This week was really cold and I mean it!  Someone sure has nerve to be asking for cooler weather around here. I wonder who it is.  None-the-less the work of the Lord goes on.  This week we got around to teaching a few really cool people!  We met this guy named Billy who was shot 6 times over the years. He was a referral who wanted a Bible.  He's older but his story is really cool. He has been looking for the true church for quite a while and as we taught him yesterday he was glowing, which was awesome.  I told him the Lord has sent us to you to tell you your search is over … you have found His true church! He was delighted at that and as we were leaving he was just beaming from ear-to-ear and it was awesome to see. We then met a lady named Martha who had requested a Book of Mormon.  When we took it to her we asked if we could come back to share more.  She said yes, so back we went to teach her the Restoration of Christ’s true gospel and church and she was blown away! I should mention she is in a wheel chair.  As we found out she has a sister who is a member in Athens, GA.  We were able to talk with her and she rejoiced that we were teaching her sister.  She was very happy because she had been praying for years for this to happen! I pray for this to happen everyday and even though it does not, the Lord blesses us in other ways for us to be thankful and grateful. I look forward to going back and teaching them more of Christ's Restored Gospel.

We are working on getting to know the members but as we found out we have a really, really big area covering about 5-7 cities, which is crazy, I know, but I am not one to complain so I will keep working hard for there is nothing else I would love to do.

As I was reading the scriptures this week I came across this scripture in Alma 43:45-49

My Christmas gift from Grama
 45 Nevertheless, the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for monarchy nor power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.
 46 And they were doing that which they felt was the duty owed to their God; for the Lord had said unto them, and also unto their fathers, that: Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies.
 47 And again, the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.
 48 And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them. And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts—yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.
 49 And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites, and they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God, for their liberty and their freedom from bondage.

Just as our brothers the Nephites were inspired to fight for a better cause so are we, for we are to stand up for what we know to be true and defend it boldly knowing that as we do we are standing with the power of God against the evils of this world and we will be VICTORIOUS!

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