Monday, March 23, 2015

Prayer Brings Us Closer to Our Heavenly Father

Elders Masausabe, Kaanapu and Pese
This week is going to be so different but so exciting at the same time. After training Elder Masausabe he is going to be leaving the Tarneit area and we actually just got word that he's getting transferred to the island of Tasmania! He's pretty excited to leave but also sad because he loves this place, I'll admit that I miss my first area as well, I feel like that was a part of me that I left behind but all is well still with me :) 
This week I've committed myself to some key changes, this morning even I had a question during personal study that I got personal revelation for. My question was how can I follow closer to God and how can I know I'm really on the right way? The answer to me came as follows: To be a successful missionary there's a lot of things that happen, you love the people, you desire their salvation, you feel the spirit and are guided by the spirit to know where to go and what to say amongst other blessing that indicate if you are successful. I've always loved feeling the spirit but I wanted to know how I can specifically come closer to God. The obvious answer that came was through praying. I looked in the Bible dictionary definition of prayer and part of it says "As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part ( Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them." I then had the impression that if I or anyone wants to feel closer and follow more closely the example of the Savior, it's through prayer.
I believe a successful missionary and a successful person is one who humbles himself/herself before the Father in constant supplication for their own soul, with an earnest desire to know what we should do and then acting on the prompting. This is part of what the prophets of old now have taught. Because without prayer we can't receive revelation and without revelation where are we? I invite all of you to ponder that question and to see how you can improve you're own prayers because I know I'm gonna improve mine! Love Elder Kaanapu  Enos 1:4-8

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