We were able to pick up a new investigator, named Dan, who is very active in his church, but is willing to meet and discuss things with us. We taught him the Restoration, and when we invited him to read the Book of Mormon at the end, he told us he didn't feel led to read it at this point. But, we know that once he does put it to the test, he will definitely come to know that it is true.
We also taught another new person this week, named Nick. He had a lot of really good questions, and really wants to read the Book of Mormon and learn more about what we teach. The only problem is that he's really busy, so he said it would be best to wait until January to meet again.
We had our Ward Christmas Party this past, and Elder Burningham and I some how ended up in one of the skits! We sang a parody of "The 12 Days of Christmas," replacing all the "gifts" with tools and construction supplies. It was complete with costumes and props, too!
I have been studying Testimony a lot lately, and I was wondering this morning, "What should we strive to have a testimony of?"
I then read Moroni 10:5:
"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."
Just like it says in the scripture, we can have a testimony of "all things" if they are true.
However, I read another scripture in 2 Nephi 28:30:
"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have."
Even though we can learn the truth of all things, there is a pattern set forth of what we must learn first. If we are willing to follow that pattern, that is when God will build upon the things we have already learned and show unto us all things that are true. But first, we must be willing to learn the basic principles that God wants us to learn first. I came up with 5 fundamental building blocks that I think we all need to continually strive to strengthen our testimony of:
1. God is our Heavenly Father, and He loves us infinitely and eternally.
2. Jesus Christ is His son, the Savior of the World, and the Redeemer of all mankind.
3. The Book of Mormon is true, and is God's word.
4. Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God, and Thomas S. Monson is his successor today.
5. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth."
I know that if we continually strive to strengthen our conviction of these basic truths, nothing will ever shake our testimony.
I love this Gospel, and I love all of you!
The Church is True!