So this week I'm just sending out the highlights
We had a great District Meeting on Wednesday! We learned about teaching! A huge part of being a missionary is teaching people about our Church. Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. When people are interested in hearing more about what we have to say, it is our job to explain to them simply and clearly what we teach, believe and love! Then we invite them to pray, ask God! He'll tell you if it's true or if it isn't. But the first step is that teaching. We take our own experiences, our own testimonies and share that with other people! So you want to be confident, clear, and capable. I've had some lessons where we tried to teach something but it just wasn't very prepared and well, it's hard for people to pray and ask God if something is true if they don't understand what to pray for! These skills aren't just missionary things either, we have to teach people all the time! In work, school, families. So that is a skill I'm thankful to be able to take with me.
We also talked about scriptures! And I've had a lot of good experiences with the scriptures throughout the week. I love it! I love reading in them, about them, and using them to teach.They Testify of Christ! And whenever I am going through a moment of discouragement or confusion, I can use the scriptures to find out what God wants me to know. It's beautiful. I've been studying 1 Nephi 8 which talks about a vision the Prophet Lehi had about the Tree of Life, it's scripture, and it's symbolic for our journey in life. I look at that and can see where I fit in, how I'm doing and it helps me to know what I need to do to stay on the path that leads to life with God.The Iron Rod that is in that vision represents the Scriptures. They are essential to our salvation! Why? Because when we study the scriptures we learn what God expects of us, we find comfort and courage, it's a hand hold to steadfastly use as we press forward through these confusing times!
Another great part of the week was going on Exchanges! As a Sister Training Leader, I get to swap with some of the other sisters around Newfoundland to work with them, help encourage them, and teach them how to be better teachers! Sister Heirtzler came to Bay Roberts with me this time and we had a great time! We did service (helped plant a potato garden!) got the car serviced... (Turned our the slow leak we've had for the past 3 weeks was a nail in the tire! Glad they got that fixed!!!) and mostly just talked about missionary work, where to go, how to do, my experiences, her experiences. We had a good time!
The Highlight of the week was Saturday. Sister Fenn and I drove up to St. John's because an investigator she had been teaching there was getting baptized! Christine and her son Tori! Christine has been investigating on and off for many years and she was finally able to do all she needed to make that Covenant with God. Baptism is a simple thing, you are immersed in water by someone who holds God's authority (that's the important part) and then it's done! Just takes a minute or two. But it is a gate that leads to eternal life. Once you're baptized, that isn't the end. You have to do all you can to remain faithful to those promises forever!! Christine was radiant. SO happy. You could tell she knew exactly what she was getting into and she was so happy it was finally happening.
The church is true :) God is our Heavenly Father, and this is something I am so happy to talk to people about! We may have different faiths, but we can all be friends! We can love and encourage each other! But I will say, it is a very serious and important decision to be part of a church. Boyd K. Packer (an apostle of the Lord) explained it this way. Sometimes people say "it doesn't matter what church you are in, all roads lead to heaven" he related that to something we all understand, education. Compare it with this "It doesn't matter which University you attend or what profession you study for, we all get the same diploma" We understand that is just not so! And it is the same with Religion. That has helped me to evaluate where I am, what my end goal is.
God loves each one of us. That's an amazing gift! Please take time to help someone this week to feel of that love! Smile, hold open a door, share with them your testimony. Each drop of water contributes to the ocean!