Monday, January 13, 2014

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

This week was a very good week! It was probably the best week of this transfer! It didn't start out that way though. :( 

On Tuesday we had a lesson with one of our investigators named K. He is someone who came up to us on campus and he was super awesome and asked sincere questions and stuff. But we showed up to our lesson and he had a friend with him and he told us he wanted to show us what he had "found" about Joseph Smith. It turns out that he had been going to anti Mormon websites looking for material to try and prove Joseph Smith wrong. And because of that we pretty much lost him. We bore our testimonies, but that is about all we could do. 

Our mission president has asked us to focus on teaching the simple truths about the gospel. He says "The church isn't on trial." So don't teach people as if it is, the church is true so teach them the simple powerful truths that will build their faith and help them come to a knowledge that they do indeed have a loving Father in Heaven who speaks to man today. 

It is heartbreaking to see K lose his way because of little meaningless things that are designed to distract from the simple powerful truths that only come from this gospel and turn people away from asking God himself if these things are true.

It is interesting to me that every point K had for us seemed to be specifically designed to have people trust in man's wisdom and turn away from God's. We will be meeting with him again tomorrow, but if he doesn't open his heart to feel the spirit then we will have to drop him. 

So, if that happened...why was this week so great? Well first off we gained some new solid investigators and it is sooooo obvious that the Lord has prepared them! 

One of our investigators pulled a 180 on us! His name is D and just a few weeks ago he told us that that he had prayed about Joseph Smith and he said he got the answer of no. We were a little surprised. We asked him if he had read the Book of Mormon, and he told us a little. Then we asked him his attitude about taking the lessons and he told us he was skeptical. Basically we told him that he needs to read from the Book of Mormon and put his skepticism away and we left. Then we met with him on Thursday, and as soon as we walked in, we knew something was different. His prayer was different, his attitude was different, things were just different. 

We asked him about how his reading had been going and he told us: "I don't know how to explain it but when I read the Book of Mormon it was like I was reading the Bible." He had this look on his face that just said "guys, what is this?" He was feeling the spirit, and he wanted to learn more. He asked us for more scriptures from the Book of Mormon, and he asked for some more time to read and stuff. It was so awesome!!

What I learned from these experiences was that the gospel CANNOT be taught using your own wisdom or opinion, because then people will make assumptions based on your understanding and not their own. The only way people will come to know if this church is really Christ's church is if they read the Book of Mormon for themselves and ask God to show them the truthfulness of it. He will show them the whole truth. 

I again bore my testimony that this is Christ's church and it is led by his Prophet and Apostles. I know first hand that the doctrines taught in it will bring so much happiness and will bring everyone who lives them closer to God. 

I love you all and hope that you have a great week! 


Elder Barker

My Companion, Elder Hall and our Ward Mission Leader

Showin off my new haircut...

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