Date

January 22, 2020

Area

Prato

Companion

Anziano Tyler Brady

26

Man I sure do love Gesù. This week has been pretty normal. But really good. Me and my comp and working hard and having fun doing it, or at least when we are done working at lunch and night it's fun hahaha! This Sunday it was really good, we just are finally starting to make some good relationships with the members. I love em. Also we had ward council, and they asked us how the missionary work is going, so I was super honest and said how much it's NOT going and how much better it could be if the members would work with us. They were actually happy about that and got all excited and through out some ideas but they are Italian so they jumped to another subject quickly but at the end I asked, "So, what do we do?" And they kind of looked at me shocked because I was actually asking them to do something and not just talk about it hahaha so we got some things into place and things are looking up!!! I really love these members 
These week we got a poster and wrote the question, "Do you believe in God?" And then we had places underneath to put tallies to respond with, "Yes, IDK, No". It's sad how many people don't believe or care. But I was reflecting on that that night and I realized, if i didn't have a knowledge of the restoration, if I didn't have The Book of Mormon, if there wasn't this church I don't know if i would believe in God either. I feel his presence and his spirit constantly testify to me of his reality, but without the restoration, I wouldn't believe in God. So I don't blame these people, they just haven't had the opportunity yet! Then the next day I was able to explain this principle to an investigator that is deciding if he believes in God or not. I told him, "The key to know if there is a loving God is the restoration." So I really hope that helps him. And hats off to everyone not of this faith that still believes in God! That's awesome and very true!!
Well this hit me way hard this week:Mark 4: 37-40   37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.   38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?   39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, <b>Peace, be still.</b> And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.   40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
So I read this story with an explanation in "Jesus The Christ" on a train ride. Lately things have been hard and I just really haven't truly been at a peace of heart and mind for a couple of weeks. When I read this story it really hit me, and I almost heard the question:
"Will you let me calm your storms?" 
With a heart full of faith I corrected myself by realizing that Christ has the power to calm all of our challenges, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual everything! We just need to not fear and believe, and the storms shall cease. Maybe the actually physical situation won't change because I am still here but he calmed the storms that were in my heart and mind. He really can and does help us, we need only believe. Peace, be still. Man idk what I would do without that guy!! He has healed my pains, calmed my worries, and has basically carried me every step of the way in these last 1 1/2 years. I know he lives!!!
- Anziano Bawden




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