Wow this past week came by pretty quick, my companion and I worked very hard and we saw some amazing miracles amongst the people we met and are teaching! This one older lady we met just the other day decided to accept our invitation to read the book of Mormon. We followed up yesterday and we found that she's already in Jacob! She's like devouring that thing! That's something that I haven't seen very often. Another couple we're teaching are working towards getting married and then getting baptized. We've been blessed to meet them and to share the gospel with them. Sadly though I won't be able to see any of them because I got the news that I'm getting transferred out of Tasmania, back up to the mainland. I've just been reflecting on my being here for the past six months and I thought about all the spiritual experiences I've had and the lessons I've heard and the hard ships that I've been encompassed with. And I'm honestly so grateful that I got sent here in the first place.
In serving the Lord and the people here I've had the opportunity to ask myself that poignant question in Alma 5 "...if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can ye feel so now?" I've asked myself this quite often because I've always wanted to make sure that I was walking in the right way, and everytime I ask it - the spirit engulfs me and fills me and then I just want to sing this amazing song of redeeming love.
I'm trying to explain just how amazing it feels to serve the lord with all your heart might, mind, and strength and it's really difficult because it surpasses all words. Many people in the Bible and Book of Mormon explain how great their joy was in serving the Lord which I read in Alma 26 today but even then you have to experience it for yourself to truly understand what it means to "desire to cry repentance" I have never felt anything like it before my mission, and I will continue to labor in the behalf of the people here. I'm so happy to be on a mission, I can't believe other youth don't want to go! I have never been closer to the Lord! If people are wondering why they can't feel the spirit in their lives I've learned that it's because they're just too selfish. They're by themselves trying to do their own thing as I have once done, they aren't out serving others where the Lord himself is. If you want to feel the love of God, go and do that which God would do. Have a great week! I love you all!
Elder Kaanapu, Alma 5:26