This morning my scripture study was amazing. Then I got to the computer and watched 2 Mormon Messages called "Good Things to Come" and "Flecks of Gold". Both of these messages are awesome and I encourage you all to watch them. We have worked very, very hard this week and have helped other missionaries in our district in preparing people for baptism and doing interviews but have not had the success we wanted with our investigators. But it was a good week! We went to Quissamã again to interview a man who has so much potential. He had a rough week and is trying to work through some things so we will keep working with him. We are all really excited for one young man named Cawan. He is 10 years old and is so smart. He loves everything about the Gospel of the church. Elder Bean and Elder Alarcon went to take him to church but he was still asleep. The district all prayed a lot to see if we could get a miracle and right before the second hour started, Cawan walked into the building. I interviewed him and he wants to be baptized but his mom is a little hesitant but she said she would allow him if he went to church. So now we get to go back and talk to his mom and see if she will allow Cawan to be baptized. Elder Freire and I we are working very hard but people aren't going to chruch. We have found that we are planting lots of seeds and that we are continuing to find many flecks of gold. I love all of the little miracles that my Father in Heaven gives me every day! Elder Bean and I were on divisions we were walking to an area but had no clue how to get there. We asked a 19ish year old kid and gave us directions but as we walked away I had the impression we should go back and talk more with him. We tried to talk to him but it turned out he wasn't interested in what we were saying. I am glad I followed that spirit! As we were walking to where he told us to go a man walked out of his house. We decided to check our directions with him and it turned out that he was interested and is an amazing investigator. I am so grateful that I followed that prompting to turn back. We will go back to his house this week and hopefully he will go to church with us this week.
I would like to share some of the things I learned today. I have been studying in the book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. In Chapter 16 Abinadi talking about what is to come with Jesus Christ. He tells the people in the City of Lehi-Nephi that they must repent of their sins and have a change of heart or they will NOT live with God again!
Mosiah 16:And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said: The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confessbefore God that his judgments are just.
And then shall the wicked be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth; and this because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord; therefore the Lord redeemeth them not.
For they are carnal and devilish, and the devil has power over them; yea, even that old serpent that did beguile our first parents, which was the cause of their fall; which was the cause of allmankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, knowing evil from good, subjecting themselves to the devil.
Thus all mankind were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people from their lost and fallen state.
But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him. Therefore he is as though there was no redemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God.
And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.
And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruptionshall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil—
If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life andhappiness; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of endlessdamnation, being delivered up to the devil, who hath subjected them, which is damnation—
Having gone according to their own carnal wills and desires; having never called upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them; for the arms of mercy were extended towards them, and they would not; they being warned of their iniquities and yet they would not depart from them; and they were commanded to repent and yet they would not repent.
And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?
Therefore, if ye teach the law of Moses, also teach that it is ashadow of those things which are to come—
As we study this chapter we come to know exactly what we need to do to come back into the fold of God. That there truly are Good Things to Come. That if we repent of our sins and do good continually we will be saved and God will bless us. I love what I am doing! I know as Abinadi knew that Jesus is the Christ that he will come. And that we need to be prepared. We as members and missionaries have a huge responsibility to share this with everyone that we meet. At times many of us will fall off the path but we can come back into the fold of Christ! He has suffered so that we don't have to. If you have gone away for any reason please come back. The Lord loves and knows each of his sheep. He loves us and we need to love him. I testify that God lives! That the Book of Mormon is the word of God and proof that God still talks to men. That the Bible is the word of God and that we can understand the Bible through studying the Book of Mormon and vise versa. I love my family and know that we can live together forever. I hope that each of us can become better saints and followers of Christ. I know what I know and it will never be taken away from me. Just as Abinadi said
Now Abinadi said unto him: I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this people, for they are true; and that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen into your hands.
Yea, and I will suffer even until death, and I will not recall my words, and they shall stand as a testimony against you...
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love Elder Stilson