“Sweet Is the Work”
This week was full of miracles. Right when we thought that we couldn’t go any further, God showed us that He is truly in this work. A lot of people were not meeting with us this week or were cancelling on us, which is always rough. We have been trying to get in contact with more less actives, but it wasn’t really going anywhere. But this was really a blessing in disguise because it gave God the opportunity to show us that He is still directing the work. So, here’s the story:
Every week we send out a text to everyone we feel would be interested. We include an uplifting scripture, a little thought, and an invitation to come to church. This week when I sent it out, we got a reply from a lady that I have never heard from! This turned into a discussion and we feel really strongly that we can meet with her sometime in the near future. We had dinner, which might have consisted of gummy bears and ice cream…but it worked because we must have looked so strange that someone stopped and started talking to us. We ended up getting their number and address! They were a really nice couple and we look forward to talking to them again.
Then on the way home, I got a phone call from a girl who we have been trying to get members involved with (because she is always working and hasn’t come to church yet). She told me that some random guy had visited her at work and said he was from our church! We told her who he was, and she said he was welcome to come back anytime, she was just confused about who he was. It was a real miracle because earlier that day my companion had been praying for him to go and visit her. He just followed a prompting to visit her ice cream shop. It is truly amazing to be a part of this work! Now we know that she will feel more comfortable coming to activities and hopefully church.
Last Sunday we had a really great talk from President and Sestra Rowe about being qualified for doing the Work of Salvation, and about how we need to understand that the qualifications for the work are just that, qualifications, and now we need to focus on the actual work. Do we really understand this principle? It really just hit me last week. If you want to become like God you need to do His work. We know His work is, “…to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39) So what should we be doing? Activation, retention, missionary work, temple and family history work, and teaching the doctrine of Christ. Through these things I know that we will come closer to God. We will come to know Him better by working with Him.
I know that I have never found more joy in my life than I have found here in the mission field. I know that is because I am doing the work that God would have me do. And I am not doing it separate from Him, I am working with Him, and He is working through me. It is the best feeling. If you don’t feel like you can say you are doing God’s work, I challenge you to prayerfully consider what you can do to start today! It is the sweetest feeling to know that we are on the Lord’s errand, and we are entitled to all that He has promised His servants! That is when you really feel the Lord’s strengthening power in your life.
I hope that you are all doing well. We are doing fine here, and although we have had a couple of rain storms, there has not been any flooding like in some of the countries around us. Everything is good!