Hello Family and Friends from St. Louis!
This week has been great! Only on week two here, it’s still taking me time to adjust to a new area. There are TONS of new faces I’m still trying to learn. I know the Lord will bless me to help me get to know the wonderful members here in the Lindell Ward. It’s amazing how small the world is because of the Gospel.
We had a lesson with Jimmy this week! He is a stud Recent Convert that was baptized 4 months ago. Jimmy lives with his wife, who isn’t a member. Jimmy was introduced to the Church by one of his friends and since his baptism, has been sort of falling a little bit with the Gospel. He has lots of struggles in his life with depression and anxiety. Jimmy however has been blessing the sacrament the last two weeks! And we are meeting with him
weekly. A retired air-force airplane electrician. Anyways, we are really wanting to work with his wife Tina!! But she works *only *on weekends.
This week has been full of Road trips for the office elders. At least we get to see the beautiful Missouri and Illinois scenery… A cool place we did visit this week was Godfrey Illinois, apparently a really haunted town in the US. But nothing jumped out at me, so we were fine.
We had the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast on this last Wednesday. It was the first time the Church did this in over a decade, and it was really cool
to watch, because it was just like a smaller general conference, but very pointed at missionary work. With the comments that Elder Rasband shared in
our mission conference that I shared in my last few emails, were talked about more directly by Elder Oaks. It was a testament to me that the most
important work that anybody can do on Earth is Missionary work and spreading the Gospel. Missionary work is the lifeblood of the Church, that’s
how important it is.
I want to leave you with a scripture that goes right a long with that though from Doctrine and Covenants (No D&C-President McKague) 18:15-16,
scripture mastery for those seminary students.
15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!
How Joyful it is to share the gospel!!!! Think of all of your friends who you know will be incredible members of the Church, but don’t know how you
can introduce the gospel to them. Pray about it!! The Lord knows! Then ask your ward missionaries for help. I promise that if you approach them and
ask them about your friend Mark who you think would love to come to church, you will shock them so much – they won’t know what to say, because it
doesn’t happen very often at all! They are more than happy to help you bring your friend to church, or to an activity. How great will be your joy when you are sitting next to your best friend at church, or near the waters of baptism, or even better at the temple watching their family being sealed
for all time an eternity. It all starts by small and simple means. I know that the Gospel changes lives. I see it everyday all around me. It has worked, and is still working in my life as a refiners fire. Anybody can change because of the Gospel. It roots them, it heals them, it gives direction, and most importantly it helps our brother and sisters to come to our Savior Jesus Christ. The biggest thing I’ve learned while being a missionary is that sharing the gospel isn’t complicated. It doesn’t need to be this big grand scheme. Just be yourselves; people already see your light and the difference in your lives. It takes a simple invitation: “Come and see”. The spirit does the rest!
I hope and pray you have a wonderful week! Thank you for all you do, and how much you have shaped my life!
Sending my love always,
The Gospel is True! I live it! And I love it!