Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith

Elders Kaanapu and Jack (Micronesia)
So last week was a bit of a struggle because some of our really cool investigators were unable to meet with us and we weren't able to find a ton of people to teach plus we encountered some struggles with current investigators whose parents wouldn't let them get baptized. So it was a bit of a trying time.

 BUT yesterday I learned something from Heavenly Father....that trials are a test of faith to see if you're really willing to stay true to gospel principles and still work your hardest. We were able to reach the weekly finding goal in the mission (which is 14 hours of tracting or street contacting) and just yesterday after tracting this insanely rough street - I'm talking about people just being quite rude to us and telling us off, even bible bashing. We met an incredibly nice girl who was so interested in learning about Jesus Christ. The contrast between her and the entire rest of the street was so stark that it shocked me. We're going back to her house this week to teach her the Gospel. We also had a prompting to go talk to an investigator who said that her mom told her she couldn't be baptized. We were able to talk with the mom and she actually said yes you can teach her and if she wants to be baptized that's her choice! For the past two weeks I had been praying that her heart may be softened and that we would come back at the right time and God had answered my prayers.

 It just goes to show that what Moroni said is indeed true in all cases with trials. That "you receive no witness of your faith" until you've proven that you can stay faithful through your trial. I love all of you and hope you have an amazing week! Elder Kaanapu, Ether 12:6

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