My dearest family
YOU MET SISTER DYE!!!!! Oh i love her and miss her so much. I am so glad you got to meet her and go to her homecoming! I am so glad she shared those incredible stories about Liz, Alex and the wedding. Wow. It has been such a journey with her and I am so thankful for her and I learned so much from her.
My new companion’s name is Sister Herrera. She is from Dallas Texas and she went to BYU before she came out on a mission. I am excited to work with her 🙂 I am truly humbled to be training – I feel like I still have so much to learn. I know that the Lord qualifies those he calls and I pray that I can live worthy of the trust he has put in me. I am so thankful for experiences that cause us to look inward, stretch and grow.
I still can’t believe it is December 10. It is way to warm to be december and WHERE IN THE WORLD HAS ALL THE TIME GONE? crazy!!! I have been in Florida for 4 whole months – It feels like yesterday I got here.
It is so amazing that as we continue to internalize our purpose and testify and challenge with full faith and obedience we “set the table” for our investigators and all who we come into contact with to feel of the spirit and “feast upon the words of Christ.”
While rounding up everyone for church we decided to stop by Pamela’s house. She had accepted baptism but we had not been able to make contact with her after the blessing. When we walked up to her home she was outside with her dogs! We said hi and started talking to us. She told us that she had recieved tons of grief from her family and that her family had been fighting all week because she had our card on her counter. I said, “Pamela we are representatives of Jesus Christ and I know he sent us here to your home to say that prayer with you and invite you to follow his example by being baptized. I know that this is an answer to your prayers.” She agreed and said that she had felt the Spirit and no matter what her family said she was going to trust that peaceful feeling in her heart. We shared 3 Ne 27:20 with her and we could see the spirit work within her heart to help find peace and increase her desire to be baptized. She then kneeled down and prayed to ask Heavenly Father to give her the strength and courage to follow her heart and stand up to her family. It was so amazing to see how her faith and desire increased as she felt the Spirit.
I am so thankful to be serving here in Davie with Sister Herrera – I know I am going to learn and grow as much if not more during the next 11 weeks. Sister Herrera has huge desires to testify and invite and I am excited to work with her.
Here is what it means to “set the table” from my mission president:
Aaron and his brethren had internalized our purpose, the Doctrine of Christ. This is why they came to the Lamanites, to bring them to Christ. They were obedient as they followed the Spirit, “…he was led by the Spirit to the land of Nephi, even to the house of the king which was over all the land” (Alma 22:1). He bore testimony often and asked questions to determine understanding, “And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this” (vs.10)? He taught with power from the scriptures, “And it came to pass that when Aaron saw that the king would believe his words, he began … reading the scriptures unto the king” (vs. 12). He taught Jesus Christ and his Atonement and the importance of repenting, “And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king” (vs. 14). Aaron exercises his faith and teaches the King to also exercise faith and pray to know truth “If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest”(vs. 16). Aaron, like Ammon, “set the table” as they taught and they converted a significant part of a nation. Setting the table is important for us as we teach to increase interest and desires, and inspire souls to follow Christ to baptism.
- The Table is the “Doctrine of Christ”. Everything rests upon our “Purpose” with Christ.
- The Place Mat is “Obedience”. Obedience is the foundation built between us and Christ and our investigators that allows us to use all other tools and utensils worthily in His name, with his trust.
- The Plate is Repentance, Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It holds the delicious blessings we desire to partake of. We can easily discard of what is bad and corruptible.
- The Cup is Testimony. Testimony needs to be used and refilled many times to quench those that thirst for the confirmation of truth.
- The knife is the Spirit. The Spirit will slice through anything and be felt by all the sincere, honest in heart and the elect.
- The Spoon is the Scriptures. The Scriptures allows us to constantly scoop out the Word of God to the understanding of the soul, to feel the power of God’s word.
- The Napkin is Prayer. Prayer will clean and clear our mind and soul to the understanding of God’s will for us and reverse any doubt and disbelief.
- The Fork is Faith. Faith will pierce anyone and fuels the power to accomplish anything.
You have learned how to set the table with your purpose through obedience, testimony, following the Spirit, faith, prayer, repentance, and using the scriptures.
I know we can do this, I know the Lord will bless us as we go forward and “give the greatest gift of Christmas, The Gospel of Jesus Christ”.
“He sends forth His word through the missionaries serving far and wide proclaiming His gospel of good tidings and salutation of peace. Vexing questions such as ‘From whence did I come?’ ‘What is the purpose of my being?’ ‘Whence go I after death?’ are answered by His special servants. Frustration flees, doubt disappears, and wonder wanes when truth is taught in boldness, yet in a spirit of humility, by those who have been called to serve the Prince of Peace—even the Lord Jesus Christ. His gift is bestowed individually: ‘Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.’” (President Thomas S. Monson, Dec. 2006 Ensign)
I love you all so much!!!