I dont have much time but I had the best week yet! I love this work and I love you!!!
It has been such a great week. I have been learning so much and I am so happy. Nothing brings me greater joy than progression and growth. There seems to be so much of that here in the mission. Our hope and faith must be centered on Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. This is what enables us to qualify for the gift of grace.
We went to follow up with an referal the elders had passes us – a family of 4! They had been taught by missionaries before in Texas and we were super excited to meet them. I love teaching families and I especially love teaching prepared people by the Lord. As we prayed with them we could feel their faith and love of the Lord. They expressed to us how they were looking for a church that would enable them to continually progress as a family and not “backslide.” We taught them the power of making and keeping covenants through examples in the Book of Mormon, they realized that this is what their family needs! They are getting baptized this weekend!! They are reading the Book of Mormon as a family each night. I love this. We have such an incredible God that loves each of his children so much.
I have been pondering as of late the power in our names and how they connect with our covenants. As missionaries we bear the Saviors name, His church’s and our family name (being a STEGELMEIER rocks!!). When we are baptized we “take upon you the name of Christ.” This changes us because we “have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.” As we stay faithful to the covenants we have made we will always remember the name by which we are called and will “be found on the right hand of God.” (Mosiah 5:8-9) Faithfulness until the end is what the Lord requires of us and as we come unto him he will change us line upon line until we are sanctified, proven, pure and sealed.