Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jan 3, 2017- Blessings of Member Missionaries

On Wednesday we had interchanges with the zone leaders so I could interview an investigator that was to be baptized that Saturday. The Elder I was with (Elder Loayza) talked about this investigator as a one in a million kind of investigator. She was smart, well read, understood everything the missionaries had taught including both the small details and the deeper message, but above all she was spiritual and could detect and comprehend the spiritual impressions she had received. She was ready, but just 30 minutes before the interview was to take place, she called us, saying that she wasn’t ready and from further conversation, we realized it was her mom that was giving her the idea that she wasn’t ready. She totally was ready. I felt that in talking to her, but she didn’t stay true to the simple, pure, and direct light God had given to her through the Holy Ghost.

The powers of the adversary are real, especially in situations such as that, but we all have the power to overcome it as we stay true to the light that God has given us.

This week we were able to see the fruits of working with members in many occasions. Both my companion and I got the feeling we weren’t maximizing these living testaments of the blessings of living the gospel. I think sometimes people look at us and think we are here to fulfill some obligation, sell something, say memorized scripts, or some other purpose other than to share our love for our Savior and invite people to come unto Him. Obviously this isn’t true, but when members bear testimony and share experiences, people’s ears start to open as well as their hearts and they suddenly see this message in a completely new light.

Just yesterday we went to teach someone we met 5 weeks ago, but because of her work hasn’t been able to meet with us recently. We came with the 1st counselor in the obispado (bishopric) and the teacher of the gospel principles class. For some reason, we couldn’t share in her apartment, so we went to the house of the members. It was one of the most spiritual lessons I’d been a part of. We didn’t teach anything we had planned, but we were guided by the Holy Ghost in everything we did and said and the testimonies and friendship given by the member couple were irreplaceable. I want to better include members in this great work as part of my resolutions for the new year.

We’re all good and happy here in Dorsal and anxious to do better this week than we did last week. J


Elder Birrell

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