Alma 37:6-7

Alma 37:6-7
Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Wise Words

Hey Everyone!!

So this week has been probably the most productive one so far on my mission. Even my companion said he has never had a week like this one. But along with a good week comes some struggles.

In 2 Nephi 2:11 it talks about this. Give that whole chapter a read. It says that there must be opposition for us to experience anything at all. For instance if my favourite fruit is pineapple. I wouldn't know that it was my favourite if I hadnt tried others or tried my least favourite fruit.

We had a baptism yesterday. Her name was Lyla and she is from Taiwan! She is so sweet and had never heard of Jesus Christ before she met us. She was so prepared to hear about the Gospel and is so great. We also are teaching these two young men who are about 19. Oliver and Khalil. They are so great and they are willing to change their lives in order to prepare to be baptised. Their baptismal date is August 18th. Please pray for them and that they may be prepared for that date. They are so great.

In my last email I talked a little bit about the ward and how it is crazy but I love them. I was sitting in church yesterday and was looking at all 50 people that showed up and how it was really a family. The ward looks after each other. They all are so different but the Gospel brings them together. If there was a pen in the middle of a room and everyone towards that pen, then everyone would progressively get closer together. That is how the Gospel works. If we all work towards one common goal and one common truth we all grow closer and the bonds between family and friends grow stronger.

Now the hard day. Friday the 26th. Everything up until this point of the week was going great. But this day was just hard. It was Elder Hutchins B Day and appointment after appointment kept cancelling on us. Everyone we hoped to see just bailed. We then OYMED (Means Open Your Mouth. It is just street Contacting.) We spent 3 hours doing this and every person we met was just rude and had something mean to say to us. We met some strong Atheists and some arrogant drunk people. We were about to head home to our flat and on the bus we sat on the upper deck and were just in front of some annoying drunk kids who were about to go out for a friday night. We sat down and one of the kids got up and took Elder Hutchins pen out of his pocket and was saying stupid things about us and our religion that just is not true. He then threw the pen back and kept on trying to harrass us. I then just stood up and said that everything he was saying was arrogant and rubbish and that one day he will look back on his life and agree that he was just a stupid punk kid who harrassed men preaching about Jesus Christ. He then sat down and shut up. The next bus stop was his and so him and his friends left. His friends appologized for him and were actually cool to us. They said they had respect for what we were doing. Then they left. It was just a really hard day. We walked into the flat feeling discouraged. We went to bed and then woke up the next morning it was just another great day to spread the Godpel. I love this work and I love doing it. The Lord is blessing us and is helping us do this work. We could not do this alone and we are not alone. God is always there. Just remember there is opposition in all things. To experience the good you sometimes have to experience the bad. Just keep pressing forward. Read 2 31:20 and it is true for what we must keep doing.

I love you all

Elder David

Ps Just some P day Fun. We are all laughing for some reason and then the other one explains it all. The three homies then Elder Hein in the back round... hahah priceless.



 

Monday, July 22, 2013

From London To The States

~Hey everyone!
London has been treating me great and the people even greater. This past week Elder Hutchins and I have had a busy week! We are planning to have 4 baptisms this transfer (a transfer is 6 weeks) which is really good and we are so happy for it. The Lord has really blessed us with prepared people to teach. This last week we invited two 19 year old guys to be baptised and they accepted. They are ready to give up their past life and move towards following Christ. They are so great and were so prepared to hear the Gospel. We also baptised a girl yesterday named Kokab. She is a 40 year old Muslim and had a really difficult time being able to baptised. You see when a Muslim gives up there beliefs and becomes Christian it is a big deal and if she would have gone back to Iran they would kill her. And if anyone knew she was doing this they would kill her. So the Mission President would give us the consent to baptise her because it could put her in danger. So President Jordan had to get permission from the President Monson to be able to allow her to be baptised. This last week she got the news that she could get baptised if she became a citizen here in the UK so she would never have to go back to Iran. So the day after her finding out she could get baptised she received a letter saying she was a citizen of the UK. She was so surprised because she has been trying for years and it "happened" to come the day after the letter from the Prophet came. We met with her and as we talked about her situation and how happy she was, I started to cry. I could not control it because I could feel of Gods love for her and her decision to get baptised. I have never felt so much love for anyone like that because it was Gods pure love for her. I could not believe it. There are miracles everywhere and we just have to open our eyes to see them. "Coincidence is just how God can remain anonymous." This Gospel brings happiness and is the only way back to live with our heavenly father in his presence. We need to do all we can to be diligent and to make choices that will guide us in His direction. Me being here serving the people really makes me love them. If we serve those who around us, you will be able to love them more than you already may. I know that there is a God and he loves everyone of us. I know that this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And I know that where I am and what I am doing, is exactly where God needs me.
My ward here is crazy. Haha most people barely speak English and are from all around the world. I will give you an example. A lady named Lisa in our ward. Everytime she bares her testimony she starts praying in the middle of it. Or when she talks to you in the hallway she will just start thanking Jesus and pray for you. She does it EVERYWHERE! hahah the first time it happened I just could not stop laughing and I felt so bad but goodness it is funny. Now we have this old lady in our ward named Sister Ramsley. She is about 65 or 70 and told us this story. "Last week my son (who is not a member) was doing drugs and I caught him and started to yell at him and then all of a sudden I felt my ancestors through the vail give me their pristhood power and told me I should rebuke him. So I raised my arm to the square and priesthood rebuked him." HAHAHAHAHH It is wrong and such false doctrine on every level but it was so funny. She was a convert like 20 years ago so she doesnt have anyone one that would even have that priesthood power in the first place. She is crazy but that is just the start all the crazy people.
I love you all and hope that you have a great week! I will just be baptising people in London. Next person to be baptised? The Queen.
~Love Elder David
Ps here Is the picture of me Imitating the Joseph Smith Piture! Took it this morning.