This was a brilliant week... we had Abana and her Daughter come to church today. We have been working with them super hard. They finally came.... and better yet... they enjoyed it. I love the Spirit at church. It is a fantastic thing to witness. I am even more excited for conference this weekend. How wonderful of an opportunity it is to hear from modern day prophets. I am especially interested to listen as the spirit will give me things to improve on. I love learning things I can improve on and become better. The spirit is the best at being able to let you know how to become more Christ-like. Today... I had a great revelation while reading the Book of Alma.
God really does produce miracles. I love Alma... In Alma 9 it says...
"And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the city of Ammonihah he began to preach the word of God unto them. Now Satan had gotten great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonihah; therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma."
How often do people reject us and we accept it as the will of the Lord... but not Alma... he goes and gets some proper help.
"Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mighty prayer, that he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city; that he would also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance."
He was able to beg the Lord to pour out His spirit... so they would be baptized and saved. As the Bible Dictionary says...
"Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."
I know as we wrestle with God for success... His spirit will be poured... and we will have success. Have faith that the Lord is preparing people for us... and we just have to ask for them. Sweet deal eh?
Prayer is the key to unlocking all the blessings. I love it and it is a necessary part of my life. God is great... and we need Him. We are nothing without His love and help.
I know prayer works. It is really God's way of communicating with us. I love Working for Him. When people tell me "i ain't interested mate"... I'm going to just pray... and the Spirit of God will touch them and we will be able to Baptize and Confirm them.
I know that the Church is here for one reason. To help us come closer to Jesus Christ... All my labours are to that cause. I know through Christ we can receive salvation and live with our Father and Mother. That is our unfailing source of hope. I know as well... that "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). We should always be "spiritually minded" (2 Nephi 9:39), "let the solemnities of eternity rest upon [our] minds" (D&C 43:34), and "let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly" (D&C 121)... as we "always remember him... we will always have the spirit to be with us". What is a better gift to have now... than having the spirit continually striving with us. From our thoughts we reap our actions, from our actions we reap our DESTINY! Let us all strive to have cleaner minds, but it makes no sense to have a clean mind, if you don't fill it with memories of Christ. He is our hope. Nothing can get us down, when we are always remember Christ. Let us serve others and keep ourselves unspotless. Life is gettin' better and better. I love being a missionary.
P.s. I saw all the pictures on Tam's blog from the funeral... the family looks great. Nice and big. Just the way we like it.
I love you all.