For this weeks email I would just like to share an experience I had.
So it’s Elder Durbano’s first day in the area and I really wanted to make it awesome. So we met some members and visited some investigators for a while. In the evening he decided that we should go tracting so we did. We knocked a few doors and no one answered. I am really praying that we will be able to find an investigator to keep his moral up.
And then..we find someone who opened their door! She was probably like 50 years old, she said that she had a Book of Mormon and she had been reading it. She ran back inside to go get it and I looked at my companion and said, “Elder, this never happens”. One minute later she comes back with her marked up anti Book of Mormon. It was so sad how
confused she was. Ye do err in the scripture as Jesus has said. We finally had to just walk away because the spirit was leaving and the spirit of contention was replacing it. But Elder Durbano wasn’t discouraged and we kept on with the work.
The next morning we were out trying some less active members and we talked to this 45 year old man who was with his son on the porch. We gave a brief intro to who we were and he asked me to tell him what our religion believed in 30 seconds. So I told him. We believe in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. We believe that when Jesus was on the earth the fullness of the gospel was also and when he died it was lost. So we believe he restored his gospel once again to the earth through a prophet as he has done in the past.
The man then asked why he had heard we believe in becoming Gods and having planets? I said that’s partly true but twisted. We believe that as God is, man may become. Then he said that in the Bible it says there would be no apostasy and he quoted some scripture. So I was like shoot.. My mind went blank and all the scriptures I had memorized went right out of my head. And then in my moment of need I remembered the restoration pamphlet had a good scripture for it in there. I whipped it out and read it and bore my testimony. We left him with the pamphlet and went separate ways as friends. This man’s heart was different from the women’s the day before. The Spirit was able to be there with us and fill my mind and speak from my mouth.
I have come to cherish and love having the spirit with me. It has become my utmost desire to have it with me always. It is such a blessing when we will act and use it. I wish I wouldn’t have let it go into dormancy at times during my growing up.
(Mitchell ran into Aunt Kara’s cousins, the Watkins family, who live in the same ward he is serving in. They texted me this picture this week!)