I once again finished a wonderful week in the service of the Lord!! Once again I might add, this past week flew past! I was talking to my companion Elder Powell today about how our weeks seem to be only 3 days long. Sunday, Monday, Thursday. All other days pass in a blur! We found that the only way we could really remember what we had done the other few days was if we were to look in our planners or in our journals! Crazy!!
Well my second and last Christmas in the mission is right around the corner! Last Christmas I was in Brasil!!! So much has happened since then! It is crazy to think that 2018 is just a few weeks away!!!! I go home in 2018!!!! Gasp!!! Lets not think about that right now!
The work here in the Jackson ward is going smoothly. Our investigator Don is progressing smoothly. This last week we went to Don's house and helped him mud and tape his walls in a newly added area of his house. He has been trying very hard not to drink alcohol, and has been clean for about 4 weeks now!! He has been having some very bad pain in his lower back and one of his shoulders, and because he would usually self-medicate by drinking and smoking pot it has been a very hard and painful week for him. We were happy to go and do service by mudding areas that were too high for him to reach with all his pain. We then finished the service with a message and a prayer. Later in the week he(Don) had us over for dinner as a thank you for all that we have been doing for him physically and spiritually. Afterward we once again did some mudding. Later that week we helped him get some fire wood and install a pelt wood stove.
As for Wayne and Shawn, our other two investigators. We will be holding off until January, when they will have more time and both said that they will start taking the lessons and coming to church again.
We have gotten settled into our new house pretty well. We do have a few interesting and creepy neighbors. One of our creepy neighbors was trying to get us to let him into our house the other day. He kept coming up with excuses to why he needed to come in. We talked with him for a long while. After a while he started talking to us about religion!! Awesome!!!! We jumped on the question he asked about our beliefs and in the end gave him a Book of Mormon along with our testimonies of its truthfulness and power. He was interested in the book and took it saying that he would read it!!!
Friends, family, let me tell you something!! The Book of Mormon has power beyond description! It has the power to change lives!!! It has changed my life tremendously and I have seen it change the lives of many others!! Once the Book or Mormon falls into your hand's your life will change! With each verse of the book one becomes filled with the spirit. One cannot read the book without feeling that it is right.
Yes there are the people that say that they have read it and found that it wasn't true. But if you read it with real intent and purpose, wanting to know if it is true, and then doing as we are invited in the book of Moroni chapter 10 verses 3 - 5 (pg. 529) and pray and ask God if this book really is the word of God. He will make it manifest unto us by the power of the Holy Ghost.
I invite all, if you have or never have read the Book of Mormon to do so. I promise that if you do read the Book of Mormon and pray with real intent that the Lord will manifest unto you the truthfulness of this book to you. I promise that you will find true peace, comfort, and joy in your life. And that you will also receive the needed strength you need to go about your day to day life!!
I love you all!! Go forward in God's strength doing good!!! Have an awesome week Lighting the World!!!