Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May the Fourth be with y'all!! - 5.4.2015

As for the title, I had to. :)

Well, this week was really great!! I learned a lot, grew even more, and had fun as well.

So on Saturday morning we received a call. Turns out it was a lady that we had met about a month ago. We were looking for her son who was a referral, but he wasn't home. We ended up teaching her the message of the Restoration. They weren't super interested, so we left them with a pamphlet and went along our way. Well, BE called us up, and told us she had somethings to say about what we taught her. She told us that we focused too much on Joseph Smith and not enough about the Savior Jesus Christ. She told us that our job as ministers of Christ is to bear testimony of Him. BE told us that if she hadn't known Christ before we talked to her, she still wouldn't have. She felt like it was her responsibility to tell us that. It really took me aback hearing this from her, but I feel like it was another pivotal point of my mission. I want the world to know that "I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life" (3 Nephi 5:13). At the end of my mission and the end of my life, I don't want there to be ANY question as to whether I was a representative of Jesus Christ in proclaiming the gospel! Yes, I will still preach the message of the Restoration, the reality of Joseph Smith's position as a prophet, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, but in my sharing of these things, I don't want anyone to have a doubt as to whether I believe and trust in my Savior Jesus Christ. I don't know the purpose of her phone call to us, but I do know that it changed my outlook, so I am grateful for the guidance from her.

So yesterday, one of our investigators, had a large crisis and ended up stranded about 2 hours away. Our AMAZING young women's president, Sister S, dropped everything that was going on and drove with her husband to go pick her up. Sister S had only met the investigator one time, but felt such great love and concern for her that she just left everything and picked her up. I am surrounded by such amazing people! These members that I meet here on my mission are such wonderful examples of being Christ-like and charitable. They have definitely lived up to what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am so blessed to be able to work with such wonderful members.

After the whole thing, we were talking to Sister S on the phone. She said she wishes so bad that everyone in the world could go through the Young Women's program and personal progress. She then explained a little epiphany she had. As we develop Faith in Heavenly Father, we come to know of our Divine Nature as one of His children. We then understand our Individual Worth and the great role we can play here on earth and in the eternities. Once we know our potential, it incites us to increase our Knowledge (spiritual and temporal) and then to make wise Choices and be Accountable for our actions. Because our testimony and beliefs are rooted deep within us, we then want to serve the people around us and do Good Works. We are then true to our beliefs and our self through Integrity and then we become Virtuous as we do these things. LOVED IT.

We helped one of our member's friends pack up her house. She was so impressed that we were so willing to just help a complete stranger. One thing that I learned from packing that HUGE HOUSE full of STUFF is that things really don't mean anything. What matters most is our relationships and our conversion.

We got to help with the youth's mutual activity this week. They were playing Where's Waldo and we were one of the stations. So basically we just hung out at the mall and helped the youth. I wore my classic red and white striped shirt and we had a blast. :)

Highlight of the week was definitely SU's baptism!! What an amazing little girl! I am so proud of her and the choice that she made to be baptized! Her primary class sang "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus" at the baptism, and it just brought the Spirit so strong. I am proud of that family and the choices they are making to become more like the Savior.

This week, we've done a bunch of "heart attacks" for people. It's been really fun. It's so amazing to hear people tell you that you were an answer to their prayers - that they were having a bad day and just needed a pick-me-up. Not that I serve for the good feelings, I serve because I love them, but the good feelings certainly are a perk!

In my studies this week, I studied about the sacrament. 3 Nephi 18:11 "If you do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you." Mosiah 2:22 "If ye would keep His commandments, ye should prosper in the land." I made the connection as I read that always remembering the Savior IS keeping the commandments. Then we shall have the Spirit to be with us AND propser in the land. What better blessings to ask for?

Focus on faith, people. Trust in God and believe in good things to come.

I am so grateful for this gospel. I know that the Savior lives.

I love y'all!!

Sister Gilbert

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