So it was a pretty fun week this week, with Halloween, and then Stake Conference and .
In theevening session of Stake Conference, pretty much all that was talked about was missionary work! It was awesome! One of the biggest points that was emphasized was the power that the members have in sharing the Gospel, and how essential they are in the conversion process of EVERY investigator. It makes me so much more motivated to work more with the members and help them learn how to better do missionary work themselves. Elder Martino, of the 2nd quorum of the 70 was the presiding authority there. The Stake Presidency was reorganized, so it was cool to witness the change in leadership that happens in the Church, and the many testimonies of how these men are truly called of God.
One really cool scripture that Elder Martino shared was in Alma chapters 9 and 10, where Alma begins to preach in the city of Amonihah. At first he is rejected, but then he is commanded to go back and again testify to the people. So he is obedient and goes back. He finds Amulek, who Elder Martino thought was a Less Active member of the Church, and strengthens Amulek and all of his household. Then when Alma goes to preach again, he is still rejected by the people. But then Amulek gets up and testifies of what Alma had taught. In Chapter 10 verse 12 it says, "And now, when Amulek had spoken these words the people began to be astonished, seeing there was more than one witness who testified of the things whereof they were accused, and also of the things which were to come, according to the spirit of prophecy which was in them."
Elder Martino pointed out that it wasn't until the member got up and testified that the people "began to be astonished." The missionaries are here to teach, but the members of the church are here to testify and really bring people into the fold. It's through members that missionary work works best, because they are the ones who can talk to their friends and really show love to those who they already know. I would encourage every one of you to think of your friends, and make an active effort to invite them to come unto Christ and partake in the wonderful blessings that God is just waiting to shower down upon them.
I love this work, and I love all of you!
The Church is True!
He's not sure why this was in their apartment, but said if anyone needs a large print copy of the Book of Mormon... :)