Greetings from the Midwest,
I hope everyone’s week was great! I had a pretty decent week. Some interesting experiences as well as some great ones. Yesterday was the warmest day of my entire mission! A whole 40 degrees. Now it’ll be dropping back down to the single digits and negatives this week though. With some more snow, of course. I absolutely love it here in Findlay though. It’s starting to become a part of me.
I will be getting my "authorization to drive" this week which is cool. We are so spoiled as missionaries in the United States haha.
On Thursday I went on an exchange with Elder Parris for the day and I got to meet his most recent-convert, Leah. She was baptized 2 months ago. She’s in her 40’s and very smart. She had been a very active Catholic her whole entire life so being baptized was a very big deal for her. She has been having some struggles lately. As we were at dinner, she was almost in tears just because how hard it has been for her to go a different direction than her husband and whole entire family away from the Catholic Church. But as we bore testimony to her that everything would work out, the Spirit comforted her and reassured her that her decision to be baptized was the right one. Leah strengthened my testimony so much on Thursday night. It takes a lot of faith to go from what you have been taught your life, to something new.
Which leads me into my last thought here in this email:
There is a difference between having a Testimony and being Converted. Unfortunately, a big chunk of the members that aren’t converted to the Gospel. Sure, they may have testimonies. But it’s that conversion that matters. We must have a fully converted heart to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!! Saying "I know this church is true" is not enough. When we become converted, we choose to follow the example of Jesus. We choose to help and serve others. We choose to love everyone no matter what. We study the scriptures and pray every single day. Let us all gain testimonies and grow that testimony into a full conversion. That is my hope and prayer.
I love you all. Please keep emailing/writing letters. Here’s a pic of me and a cute puppy.
Scripture of the week:
21 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away, and there were but few who were converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed.
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