Monday, September 22, 2014

week 12

So this week, even though we haven't had a huge increase in the number of lessons we taught, was much better than last week. I have been studying Faith in Christ, which has helped me realize how to get through trials and rely upon the power of the Atonement.
We had Stake Conference this week, which was amazing! Elder George. F. Rhodes came and spoke. He pointed out some really key principles about how we each were prepared before this life to come and teach the Gospel. (D+C 138:56) He shared 3 key steps to bringing others unto Christ:
1. We each have in our circle of friends and acquaintances those who are prepared to receive the truth and blessings of the Gospel. It is our job to pray and identify these people and pray for opportunities to share the Gospel with them.
2. These people have been prepared with questions in their hearts that can be answered through this gospel.
3. We must pray with faith that we will have the opportunity to help these people, and then these  people must pray with faith to receive a witness that this is true.
The Gospel is so clear and simple, that it should be completely natural to share it with those who are prepared.
Then in the Sunday morning session, he spoke a lot about how our Eternal Families are the essence of Eternal Life. They will make us happiest, so we must make it the focus of our attention to build our families on the rock of Jesus Christ. When we seek to have our families become more centered on Christ, unity, harmony, and happiness will naturally come.
We had the really neat experience of giving Ed, one of our investigators, a blessing this past week. He was planning on coming to the evening session of Stake Conference, but he wasn't feeling well so he couldn't make it. We went over there and gave him a blessing. Elder Petersen and I often talk about what a good man Ed is. We really hope that he will receive a witness that this church is true. There is good in every person we talk to. The Gospel is here to take what's already good and make it better.
Yesterday we also had the chance to go to a nearby nursing home and talk with the people there about faith in Jesus Christ. It brought back quite a few memories of going to a nursing home back home and helping out with the Sacrament Meeting there.
A really neat scripture that I came across this week is in Alma 19:36: "And thus the work of the Lord did commence among the Lamanites; thus the Lord did begin to pour out his Spirit upon them; and we see that his arm is extended to all people who will repent and believe on his name."
The Lord, as it says, wants ALL people to repent and believe on his name. He loves us all so much, and everything he does is for our benefit and to make us happy. If we choose, the Lord truly will pour out his Spirit upon us, so that we might know that we are safe with Him.
I hope you all have a wonderful week this week!
The Church is true!
Elder Fullmer

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