Wednesday, March 17, 2010
...qualify to be members of His church.
It has been warm up here, and i don't think i have ever been so grateful to see grass... weird. We missionaries call this month "Muddy March" because all of the frozen ground starts to thaw out and it's just a big muddy mess. There's no use in washing our truck because mud will just get flung all over it.
Potsdang is doing great, there are people prepared all over this area, and since we arent in our area very often... the Lord sustains us with miracles. the past 2 weeks have been great because we have been pleading the Lord for more people to teach, and we have found 6 really strong people since. I am starting to understand a little bit better the phrase in the scriptures "Ask and ye shall recieve".
As you are aware, Glenn Beck is a mormon. Not too long ago he did a show in SLC called "An Unlikely Mormon" if you havent heard of it, you should get it because it's pretty funny, and it is a testimony of how this gospel can change people. We have watched it a couple times recently.
So, as we are sitting here emailing in the Potsdam public library, there's a girl sitting accross from us who keeps talking to us. She asked if we were the mormons, and she told us that her sister is a mormon in Liverpool. I served there.. and I know about her sister, but i didn't know her personally. I asked her if she is a member and she said no because she had her records removed from the church. I asked if she's a practicing member of any other church, and she said she's baptist now. She was baptized into the church when she was a teenager and i asked what motivated her to leave the church, she said "I wasn't committed in my heart, and i was just seeking my father's approval." Then she said that the church just isn't for her, and she found her faith in the baptist church. I have seen that over and over and over again. If our church doesnt meet someone's personal qualifications, then they come to the conclusion that it isn't true. The Lord isn't looking to make a church based on our qualifications, it's the opposite, we have to qualify to be members of His church. Many people think that the principles and standards in our church don't match God's will. To those people, i love reading the Savior's words "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether i speak of myself." (John 7:17) We didnt make these rules up, and there is always a blessing attached to every commandment that we are expected to live.."And when we obtain any blessing from God it is by obedience to that law upon which it was predicated." (D&C 130:22). I could go over to this woman and tell her all of this, and maybe i will, but regardless, she has to choose.
anyways, that's what's in my heart right now as i write you this email.
i love you all!
Posted by Emily at 7:33 AM