Last week was amazing. And I could feel it right as the week started that it was going to be a different kind of week. I read Alma 32: 13-14 and I got the hint and I decided that I really really didn't want to have to be compelled to be humble. But guess what. It was one of those humbling weeks. And I'm so so so grateful.
We taught Joyce the Restoration. And!!! She accepted a baptismal date! There is nothing more thrilling than inviting someone to be baptized. She is just the sweetest lady and I really do love her so much.
We also taught another family that we met last week. She is an active member, and he is not a member. We had dinner with them and had a wonderful time, then we taught about the restored gospel, and how that makes it possible for us to be together with our families forever. We invited this man to find out if what we said was true so that he could know he'd be with his family forever. He turned that invitation down pretty sharply which stung just because we really love this family and want those blessings for them.
I gave a training on the Holy Ghost in District Meeting which was super cool. I based it off of the scriptures in Mosiah 26 and the prayer that Alma offered in order to have the direction that he needed. Even though Alma was a prophet, he still poured out his whole soul to God for that blessing.
And as I've thought about his example this week I've kind of recognized that I've not been very humble lately. I've felt rather expectant of answers to prayers, miracles for investigators, and closeness with God without really working for them, and recognizing how much I really don't and could never deserve those things. But thanks to Christ, and His infinite sacrifice we can not only approach our Father in prayer, but one day stand again in His presence.
16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
The only way we could ever imagine or experience this is because of our Redeemer, our wise kind heavenly Friend.
And so this is something I've been thinking about lately. How we aren't entitled to any of the blessings we've been given, and they are simply wondrous miracles and manifestations of our Perfect Father's perfect love. It was a crazy week with a lot of things that didn't turn out like I wanted them to, but even though it's not what I imagined, it's what the Lord has carefully and lovingly planned for me and my eternal happiness. And the work I'm doing here is just a small part of the incredible plans He has for God's children here in the Mendon Stake.
We taught another lesson to a recent convert, Garrett, and his mom Shauna about the Plan of Happiness. I left just feeling so blessed and so incredibly happy.
Joyce came to Women's conference this weekend! And to Church! Miracles. Salvation isn't an easy experience. Being changed by the Atonement is not an easy experience. But it shouldn't be easy, it can't be easy. I heard someone say that being born the first time was hard, so why should being born again be any easier?
I love you guys so much!!!
He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.