Friday, March 27, 2015

Share when you care :)

THE MEMBERS ARE starting to become strong, hard core workers in the vineyard of the Lord!  I LOVE to see that!!!
There is a phrase in pmg (Preach My Gospel)!
“What does the Atonement have to do with missionary work?  Any time we experience the blessings of theAtonement in our lives, we cannot help but have concern for the welfare of others. … great indicator of one’s personal conversion is the desire to share the gospel with others.”  Howard W. Hunter
And that is what the people are doing here.  As they "rekindle" that fire,  as they realize the joy that the gospel brings, THEY NATURALLY WANT TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. Welcome to missionary work!  How AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL it is!
O... is a recent convert.  She has changed so much since she listened to the missionaries, and has changed here whole life.  Of course, she has wanted to share it with others.  This last week, she sent the missionaries to some houses of family members and friends, and they rejected the chance.  She was a little sad but decided to pray, and thought that her Aunt needed the Gospel, RIGHT NOW!  So we have been to visit her.  It has been a great experience.  Her aunt is named A.... but more importantly, is the joy O... feels!  She is always so excited to hear how her aunt is and if she is progressing, and she feels that wonderful blessing from the Lord!
The second, was I.... Nacho Libre... uh huh.  He was converted a while ago but he is helping us out in the work, and his brother has decided he wants to be like him.  For I..., it was a little hard.  He is the youngest of his family and he is the only member.  But, he has stayed strong and shared his testimony every chance he gets.  Now...his brother will be getting baptized next week, and his dad also wants to follow his example.  Little by little, prayer by prayer, things have changed:)  As he went with us, he got MORE excited... as we passed the streets, he told us,"There are my friends, lets talk to them."  It was wonderful, and his friends want to listen more.  Classic refferals but wonderful examples and people that see everything I... does!
And the Last, was President T.... We came, and we have a 'Preach My Gospel' class every first and last week of the month.  The members, (about 40 that go) decided to each share "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" with somebody.  Well, he and his wife got excited and decided to give it to a family.  Their names are J..., F..., and D.....  As they are learning more, and listened, they decided to go to church!  This week, they were able to go.  Although they weren't able to go the whole time, they were able to feel the spirit and they loved it.  D... ended saying, "Mom! We have to come back next week!"  It was a wonderful experience. The members aren't worried.  They know that this is the work of the Lord, and they are sharing. They want the whole world to know!  Their fire, and our fire, creates a wonderful heat of love and joy that nobody would want to miss. 
This week, we focused on that, and it was wonderful to see.  Although we as missionaries are important, the members are the key.  They are working in every way they can to share the message they have.  The message of the Restoration of God's church, of the plan that God has for us, and how we can be clean!  And many people need to hear about it:)
 I love this work.  I think you guys already know that.  But I love it because I see changes. Because I see the Joy and things people can't feel in ANY OTHER PLACE, and I enjoy it. Hope you have a great week!  I love you guys so much. 
Have a great week!!

Elder Goodman!
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