Week 97 - A Sick Companion, Bearing Pure Testimony, Giving Thanks to God
This last week was AMAZING!! It started off with that great skype call with the family; from there it just got better and better!
A is doing awesome!! He is still on date for the 29th of May and is super excited. It is such a wonderful opportunity to teach him and help him get prepared to make covenants with the Lord. He soaks up everything that we teach him! This past week we have focused on the commandments. Every time he heard a commandment you could see him just want to live it, he has truly been prepared by the Lord to receive this glad message. His testimony is growing and he will be a great new member!
We experienced more and more miracles. We were heading back home from an early morning appointment. As we got off the bus, we were followed and this guy tapped us on the shoulder. He is originally from Surabaya and has seen our church. Something urged him, he said to follow us and just ask what we had to share. We gave him a Book of Mormon and made an appointment a few days later where we explained the Restoration. He has not come to church yet but is still interested in learning more. Most of our miracles have been pretty close to the same. We have been talking with everybody!! Because we are talking with everybody, there are people we just forget who they are. This past week we just had people calling and texting asking if we could meet. Most of them truly wanted to know what message we had to share. Those are just a few examples of the daily miracles that we witness!!
I have seen the blessings that the Gospel brings to our family! Without it, we might be scattered all over the place. It brings the joy and the happiness that we all experience and unites us.
I spent half of Saturday working with President as Elder Tuttle suffered. He wasn't felling so well and we had a busy day at the mission home. We had a family of 6 come to the home and we were able to share a little about the plan of salvation. They mentioned how they were Muslim and were not interested. The fact that they took the time as a family to come and listen was just great and now the seed has been planted. Directly after that, a man came and we also taught him the Plan of Salvation. He too is from the Muslim faith and even accepted a Book of Mormon. One thing I have really learned here in Jakarta is just sharing pure testimony is the best thing to do, that is how they really feel the spirit. Elder Tuttle was feeling better in the evening so we were able to go out and meet Alexander at a member's house.
Yesterday in church, a member gave a great talk. He quoted a scripture that really hit me for the rest of the day. Usually when I think of Alma 7, I automatically go to Alma 7:11-13 about the Atonement. This brother read verses 23 and 24 which say,
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
I can just feel the Christ-like love that radiates from these verses. It teaches some of the attributes that will make us better people and teaches us how we can "always abound in good works." I also like the teaching on prayer, " asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive." We can literally ask for ANYTHING in our prayers. We cannot forget to give the thanks back to him! When we give the thanks back to Him that is when we have those attributes of Christ. That is one thing I have really learned from Elder Tuttle and I am personally trying to apply more of the Christ-like attributes!