Another transfer has started! WOOT! That means I got a new companion! His name is Elder Lazarus and he’s from Hawaii. He’s been out 6 months and he’s great. He’s my District Leader (which means that I’m the DLB [District Leader Buddy]) This last week, we found someone who had been reading the Book of Mormon for 2 months! She also already believes that it’s true and she wants to get back into church and she’s thinking about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. YAY! I’m still in Salina, Utah and the work here is picking up.
My last companion, Elder Gillon, went down to Pineview in St. George with my MTC companion, Elder Garrett.
The mission is having a mission-wide Book of Mormon read and we will be finishing the Book of Mormon before Christmas. What we are to do is highlight in red, all the references to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In blue, we are to highlight all the references to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End). My Book of Mormon is filled with color as I have quickly realized how often the scriptures talk about our Lord Jesus Christ and how often the people depend on him to go about their lives.
I would like to urge you all, whether you’re a member or not, to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder (carefully think) about its message, and then to ask (pray) our Father in Heaven if it is scripture or not. I can promise you all that He will answer you. He will let you know by the power of the Holy Ghost (which talks to us in our thoughts and our feelings) that these things are true.
Our Father in Heaven did not and He will not keep us in darkness about His will and His love. He called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, just like Moses was, to restore the same church that Jesus Christ set up while he was alive on earth. Jesus Christ then used Joseph Smith and called 12 men to be apostles, just like Jesus Christ did while he was alive on earth. God did not keep us in darkness forever. He just waited for the right time to reestablish His church on the earth and to give all of His children the opportunity to receive the same gospel that Jesus Christ had while he was alive on earth. I know this to be true, and I leave this with you in the name of our Lord, Savior, and King, Jesus Christ. Amen.
“Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments;” Doctrine and Covenants 1:17
The “calamity” spoken is the loss of the original church that Jesus Christ set up while he was alive on earth.
I love you all.