-this week we had a koukan and I got to be with our wonderful district leader. It also happened to be the night where we had the heaviest rain fall I've seen since coming to Tanabe. It was way fun! I love rain! Also, we found a new investigator that day.
-we went plum picking for service on Saturday, and it was so much fun! Also, after the service project, the person we were serving gave me two old pianicas (blow-organs) that she was going to throw away. So, now I have those!
-As of today we have handed out 62 of the 90 copies of the Book of Mormon we determined to hand out this transfer! Yay!
We recently talked with a man that was a potential investigator and was interested in the study of religion. As we proceeded further in the discussion, we explained to importance of the Book of Mormon as evidence of the restoration and read the promise that "through the power of the Holy Ghost you can know the truth of all things". The conversation was fine, but there was one big problem. This man did not have a desire to know the truth. He just wanted to study various religions to see different ways of thinking.
When we extended the invitation for him to ask God whether or not the teachings and doctrines contained within the Book of Mormon were true, he declined saying, "I have no interest in finding out if this is true. I just want to learn about it". Sadly, there was nothing further that we could do to help this man, so we ended the conversation and invited him to contact us if he ever has interest in determining truth.
From this experience I was reminded of a quote that I read recently from a talk by Bruce R. McConkie entitled How to get Personal Revelation. He says, "What counts in the field of religion is to become a personal participant in it. Instead of reading all that has been written and evaluating all that all the scholars of all the world have said about heaven and hell, we need to do what the Prophet said: gaze five minutes into heaven. As a consequence, we would know more than all that has ever been evaluated and written and analyzed on the subject."
Personal Revelation is the process of receiving the knowledge of eternal truths from the sorce of all truth himself: our Heavenly Father. When we have received the Gift of the Holy Ghost as members of the Church, we have the privilege and opportunity to be personally tutored in truth by God himself through the power of the Spirit. There are conditions upon which the blessing of Revelation is predicated. Two of those conditions are obedience and consistent study of the scriptures. If we meet those conditions, we have been given the promise that we can be taught the truth of ALL things. I know that God keeps his promises without fail. The only variable in the equation is us.
I invite you to do all you can to qualify for the guidance of the Spirit—-open up the scriptures, and ask of God. Ask him anything. Ask him for an answer to a doctrinal question, whether you should accept the new job offer, or even for help understanding that difficult architectural concept you've been studying. Anything! He will teach you.