(Sent August 11)
Met with J! And even though he hasn't been able to come to church, he's still progressing. He's still studying the scriptures and he's even meeting up with the Ms, his former LDS neighbors who introduced him to the gospel, down in Texas! And, just like I said last week, we talked about the gift of the Holy Ghost.
We explained how much more he would get out of studying the scriptures if he just had the gift of the Holy Ghost. And he says he wants it! He really has that desire to have His Spirit by his side! Just not right now. He's still adamant in finishing the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price before baptism. So at least we know the Newlin Meadows ward will always have at least one solid investigator! #thebrightsideofthings
On the other side (of Heaven #classic) of bringing someone closer to Christ is G, who I began talking about last week. When we met with him a couple Saturdays ago, we taught him about the gospel in every dispensation. We taught about how God sends his prophets, or men called by God to act in the name of Christ, to end periods of time where people rejected the gospel (aka. apostasies). Basically a little history lesson of how Adam, Noah, Moses, and Abraham, and all those guys were prophets of God.
Last Wednesday, he said, "You girls missed something big last time."
"I have a testimony now."
Turns out when we taught about prophets, it clicked in his head that since all of us can talk to God through prayer, then we are our own prophets. The prophet of God receives revelation for the world, but we all can still receive revelation for ourselves. He realized that we can receive personal revelation from God. It just clicked in his head!
He said, "All of it just makes sense now. All of my questions just...went away."
You just never know when the Spirit is going to hit them and move those gospel cogs in their minds. In missionary work, it is always the Spirit doing all the work. All we have to do is have a testimony and bear that testimony by opening our mouths, because the Spirit does the rest in God's timing. People can deny my testimony and deny what I teach all day long, but the feelings and the testimony of the Spirit that touches their spirit is something they cannot truly deny. How great it is to be personally guided by God!
I feel personally blessed to be able to serve the Lord and to teach the gospel. I know it's all true. It just makes sense, like G said :)