I think the whole world has been in a buzz lately between the winter Olympics, carnival in South America and then New Year’s here! This is like Taiwan's winter break. All the kids are home from school and the families get together. People shoot off a bunch of fireworks and eat a bunch of food. It's quite genius. Elder Shakespear and I have had to change things up a little bit, because everyone is at home and no one is on the streets, so we have been knocking a lot of doors. Two nights ago we went out to a further area to eat dinner with a family, and on the way back I heard the air in my bike tire leaking out...and because of New Year’s all shops were closed...so that made for a nice hour walk home!
This week I did some study on making the gospel of Jesus Christ a catalyst in our work (life). One great example of this is Nephi. We are almost all familiar with the scripture 1 Nephi 3:7
"7 ...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."
Sometimes we might assume that Nephi was just born this amazing obedient child but if you read in the previous chapter 1 Nephi 2:16
"16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers."
It was not until he humbled himself and asked of God through prayer, that he gained a testimony! This point in his life was his catalyst to becoming the outstanding example he is to us. Through seeking with humility are we led to the truth. I know if one prays about the Book of Mormon, they can know for themselves the truthfulness of the gospel.