Wednesday, December 17, 2014

October 27, 2014 Email

Joseph Smith (see information below)

Hey family!

This week was interesting. Last Monday, we were at Walmart doing shopping after I had emailed you guys. We just checked out and headed for the doors when some guy came up to us asking if we were Mormon. He started asking us all these different questions about some things he has heard about and studied. At first we thought we might have someone interested in learning more. Then he started talking about some weird stuff.  We asked where he got his information and he told us, the INTERNET. Surprise, surprise. We let him rant a little while then just walked off. Like it was said in conference is month, "The Internet has no truth filter." When we were talking to him, I remembered the promise the angel Moroni gave to Joseph Smith; "...God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people." We stood firm in what we believe and bore our  testimonies and left. When we can't combat with our own knowledge of the gospel, we bear testimony of our spiritual confirmation from God rather than from man. That is something that people can't fight or argue against. I saw it happen and I know the personal testimony is strongest tool and power we can have of the truth. So it's been an interesting start to the week. 

Tuesday, my companion almost got hit by a car. But he's fine and just had a few things to adjust on his bike. We also had a miracle happen with an investigator that day. He says he's been having trouble with finding his answer and feeling the Holy Ghost's promptings. He told us that he had a warm feeling and a strong belief that it was the Holy Ghost with us and as he reads the Book of Mormon. We hope he makes that commitment to baptism and to show his faith. Wednesday was a slow one for us. We just did some service and had some meetings that took up most of our day. The rest of the week was normal, except for Saturday. Recently we've been getting all these rain storms around here this week and had a huge one Saturday. We actually just got out of a great lesson and it looked like it was for the first part of the day, dry. While we were in the lesson, we heard thunder roaring over us and we thought we would be caught in the rain. It wasn't until we got back on our bike that the rain just poured out of the clouds like Cooney Dam at home when it releases water. We only had not even a quarter mile to our next stop and we were completely soaked, it was that bad. We stayed inside until it all died down and had a few other sprinkles throughout the rest of the day. 

Yesterday was the Primary program for our Ward. It was as you expect a Primary program to be, lots of the kids bellowing the songs they know and were full of energy. Oddly enough though, the kids were very reverent and still while they were sitting on the seats up front. It was a good sacrament meeting and full of spirit. 

That's all I've got for ya this week. Hope to hear from ya soon. Love you all and have a great week. 

Elder Smith

Joseph Smith--As a young boy in 1820, Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was true. As he searched the Bible for help, he read that he should ask of God. Acting on this counsel, Joseph went into the woods near his home and prayed. Suddenly, a light shone above him and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. When Joseph asked which church he should join, the Savior told him to join none of the churches then in existence because they were teaching incorrect doctrines. Through this experience and many others that followed, the Lord chose Joseph to be His prophet and to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church to the earth.

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