Dear everyone,I had a good, successful week. I just want to laud the investigators who are making such cool changes and sacrifices in order to join with the church.
At our last lesson with Agosto, we had a really cool experience. In our companionship study, Elder Whitaker had been reading in 3 Nephi about how Jesus prayed for the people and how they felt so overjoyed by it to the point of being speechless. He then made a really cool point: We are Christ's representatives. When we pray for our investigators do they feel this? How can we help them to? I liked that. We talked about it for a while and went on with our study. At the end of the lesson with Agosto, Elder Whitaker offered the prayer. After he finished, Agosto looked up and said, "Wow. I felt something different as he prayed today." He couldn't really explain it, but it felt good. What a testimony builder that was for me. The Lord knows us and sends us little tender mercies every day. We need to recognize them.
This week, as I read my Patriarchal Blessing, charity jumped off the page. The word is only used once, but its the definition of many of the specific counsels given to me in the blessing. I've realized that I'm not a very charitable person but that the Lord wants me to be. So, this is my new focus. I believe that as we focus on others, our problems really do disappear. I have a testimony that charity is truly the pure love of Christ and that as we seek Him we develop it. I love my Savior and I'm trying to love my fellowman as He loves them. Bit by little bit, I'm growing in it. I recommend a study on charity to anyone who's seeking more peace in this life.