Today is April 20th, national weed day, or at least that's what they say here in weedy Colorado. This means I am smelling weed as I type out this post. Yum.
J CAME TO CHURCH! Not sure if I ever talked about her before, but she is way cool. She's a 16 year-old investigator whom we've been teaching for over a month now. Her mom isn't active, but J's been wanting to be baptized for a couple of years now. It's just never happened. The Lord was preparing her all those years and now missionaries are harvesting the seed!
Last Friday, we visited J and brought Brother Robinson, a ward missionary and Elders' Quorum President, with us. She expressed to us her concern of going to church without her mom and her little brother. So, we did as missionaries do and bore sincere testimony of the blessings of going to church. You get to take the sacramental bread and water. You get to feel the Spirit. You lead your family by example and your family, in turn, is blessed for it in many different ways. When you place God as a priority in your life, everything falls into place in some way in some time. There is so much to church attendance than the actual attending church part. The rest comes in as you live the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So on Sunday, we texted J and asked her if she needed a ride. She said YES. Sister Reynolds and I were jumping for joy, hearts full of rejoicing because we were afraid her fears would stop her from attending church. So, we frantically were able to get her a ride with Brother and Sister Robinson #truemembermissionaries AND SHE CAME TO CHURCH! She got along great with the other young women and was invited to girls' camp in the summer.
There were also 5 less-active families at church, 3 who haven't come in months and 2 who haven't come in years.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is true, no matter what. It must be taken to all of the world. What a privilege it is to be able to do that!
I invite you all to live the gospel every day this week and see what a difference it makes in your lives. Even if you're reading this and you haven't prayed or read your scriptures or gone to church in your life, now's a great time to start.
P.S. I was informed that today is also the anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School many years ago. Let us remember all those affected by this incident. Just know that the victims of this incident are safe - Alma 14:10-13.