Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20th, 2015

Another week full of excitement, we had quite a few good things happen like for example I ate a mountain of fried shrimp last monday and i think a few were still alive and all week long Ive been living with something in stomach, its been really fun. Ive dipped a little bit more in wieght on the parasite diet. But things are going well, weve been working with an excellent family Bastiaz who came to church, were hoping and praying a bunch that they can keep progressing because Ive seen a lot of firsthand witness that now in the last days, mens hearts are failing them. The family has a daughter whos 21 that suffers from schizofrenia, she has been improving but she has her moments. She understands what we teach her and has earnestly, with her mom more than anyone, looked for an answer about the Book of Mormon. Theyre starting to feel that yes, and that this is like her chance at a good future so she can get better and be in the right path and be able to go and study in the university. Theyre a way cool family.

The chapter from Mosiah 16 i was reading is one of the best as a example of the power of the testimony of christ that the Book of Mormon gives.

8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath novictory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light thatis endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a lifewhich is endless, that there can be no more death.

President had a little meeting with us this week helping us to plan better, and we mad these "fishbone" lists, where we listed all the things that we have on our side to help us complete our goals, have greater success, and on the other side all the things that might impede us from doing so. There are a lot on both sides, but it really helped me to realize that there is no challenge that an investigator may have that is out of our control. Obviously we all have the gift of agency, but we as missionaries have all the tools to help people use their agency to choose Gods plan. And that scripture is an example of the most powerful tool we have to have success...the light of the world, Christ. It was pretty cool looking at that list and comparing all our advantages and disadvantages, we have a bunch with the gospel.

Elder Crisp

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