Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 19, January 26, 2015 Being an established missionary

This week has been a lot of work.  I have never been the missionary who knows the area with the other missionary new to the area.  So this week was interesting.  I have had to direct her in driving everywhere, which has been an experience for the both of us.  Its great though.  I like being able to see how much  I actually DO know the areas.  It has also been great working with Sister Lawson.  She is super fun.

This week we committed one of our investigators to baptism.  That was awesome.  She just soaks everything in like a sponge.  She can see how much the Gospel blesses lives and she is super excited.  One of our other investigators is having difficulty with her mom, and being allowed to get baptized.  That's hard on her.  Yesterday we taught her about repentance, and forgiveness.  There are hard things that surround us ALL OF THE TIME. It is difficult to be perfectly obedient to all of Gods commandments when there are so many forces against us.  It is also hard when people don't soften their hearts.  They take the truth to be hard, and don't want to listen to what they know to be right.  At the same time, there is Jesus Christ.  He is just waiting for us to come to him, and load him up with all the things we have,  Not to take them FROM us, but to HELP us be able to continue through life with these burdens.  Oftentimes, we don't have far to go to have him help us.  He REACHES for us.  We just have to choose weather we will grab on.  We are all drowning.  He has life preservers next to us, and we just have to take hold of them.  He will pull us into the boat.  But, if we struggle against it, it is harder to get to the boat.  If we let go, we may be closer to him, but back to where we started.  No matter how far away we are, the life preserver is right next to us, and it is OUR choice to take a hold of his gospel, and come to him.  

I know that as we HUMBLE ourselves and come closer to the Lord, we will be blessed.  The waters of life are more manageable on a boat, with a lifejacket and a guide.  Without the guide, we may be safe, but are lost.  Without the boat, life is rough, and without that jacket we are drowning, but there is always a life preserver.  Take hold of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and allow his love and atoning sacrifice to propel you closer to him.

~Sister Riddle

"And now my [friend, yes, You reading this]would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust‍ in God even so much ye shall be delivered‍ out of your trials, and your troublesand yourafflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day." Alma 38:5

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