Sorry I didn't email you guys last Monday..we had a surprise temple day this week (aka APs forgot to put in the announcements that we had temple day THIS Wednesday..not last like they originally told us ha-ha) but it's all good! I am up for surprises! especially if it involves the temple! Today is beautiful and...WARM random. It hasn't rained in awhile and I am super grateful and it's actually something I prayed for as well cuz guo nian is coming up which means we are going to be outside knocking doors all day every day for the next two weeks. God is blessing us with a little sunshine.
Well, since most of the day was spent at the temple I only have a little bit of time to email. But there is something I would really like to talk about in this week's email...
This past week I got the opportunity to go into the homes of many less active members. The biggest thing I have learned from talking to all of these broken families is that we need to focus everything we have on living up to our baptismal covenants. Everything! Every one of these families are broken and missionaries alone cannot help them. These families need the help of members. They need friends. They need a bishop. They need a Relief Society president. They need primary children to play with their kids. They need youth to fellowship their older kids. They need support. They need the Spirit--in their homes. This does not mean a simple text or phone call. This means go into their homes and reinvite the Spirit that has been gone for a long time. In Mosiah 18:8-10 it talks about our baptismal covenant. We are blessed with the Spirit in our lives. We know that through our Church attendance it will be renewed and continue to stay with us. It also says we will lift the burdens of others--so that they too may feel the Spirit. Let us take advantage of this! DO NOT OVERLOOK YOUR BAPTISMAL COVENANTS. We all need the Spirit. Its like Lehi's dream in 1 Nephi 8. Once we know what that fruit (God's love) tastes like, we realize that we never ever want to let go of the tree because if we do, it's scary. Being without the Spirit is scary. We get lost. We lose life. Its called the Tree of Life for a reason.
Let us help others find the tree. Let us help others have life. Do not overlook these gifts from God. Use them to help others. Beckon others to come and partake just as Lehi did.
This week I challenge every ward member to read Mosiah 18:8-10. I challenge every ward member to go to a less active member's home this week invite the Spirit into their life. Let them lean on your testimony. Give them life, just as Christ gave us life.
I love this mission. I love this work. I love this life. :)
I love you all too!