This week has been another wonderful week in the mission field. The time sure is flying by. The end of the transfer will soon be upon us. In fact, it's next week! I can't believe it! My companion will be returning home to Okinawa next week along with 26 other beloved missionaries. There wil be a huge hole in my heart when that time comes. Here's the quick rundown:
-had interviews with President Smoot this week. He's a wonderful man.
-after the interview I had an impromptu companion exchange with one of the zone leads for about 20 minutes. Within that twenty minutes we found a new potential investigator and handed out a copy of the Book of Mormon. It was actually way cool.
-had a lot of really great lessons this week—actually some of the best lessons I've taught on my mission so far.
-we biked even further than Iga this week. We kinda got lost, then our maps wouldn't load correctly, and I'm pretty sure we might have accidentally biked into the Nagoya mission boundaries. But if so, just barely. Based off of road signs, it was about 60km total of biking.
So, we had Zone conference a few weeks ago, and as a mission we are all participating in a Book of Mormon reading challenge. The time frame will have us all finishing the book of Mormon within 2 transfers. Because my companion is going home at the end of this transfer, he decided that he was going to do the same challenge but in a month. He's already in 3 Nephi. It's pretty crazy! Today I asked him what he had learned from his reading recently, and he said "I love share you". Then he shared with me a scripture from Helaman.
So, in that same spirit of sharing, I will talk about some of the things I have recently learned from readings of the Book of Mormon as well. Hurrah for sharing time!
2 Nephi 26:23-28 "the Lord God worketh not in darkness. He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation... but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price....he hath given [Salvation] free for all men... all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden."
Alma 34:15-16 "And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy... and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety... unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption."
I know God truly is merciful, and He ever works for the benifit of us his children. His great and eternal purpose is our progression and exaltation. The only requirement to gain this Salvation, to gain eternal Joy and happiness, and to gain strength in Christ is faith unto repentance. I do understand, however, that in the eyes of some the act of having faith is a seemingly impossible task. I have met many people who have told me that they can't have faith. It's just not in their nature to have faith in the unseen. But, even still, our God is merciful, for he "bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance."
I have a firm testimony that the means that God has brought about so we might have faith is the Book of Mormon. It was written by the hand of Mormon and translated through the prophet Joseph Smith by the power of God, with the purpose of convincing the world that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that he manifests himself to all nations.
God has provided the Book of Mormon to help all his children develop faith. Faith, however, is not the end. It is only the beginning. For after we have obtained faith in Jesus Christ, we have the promise that "He manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him... working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith." (2 Nephi 26:13) Through our faith in Jesus Christ we can all experience his power in our life and experience the reality of his love for us individually. As a missionary and representative of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it is my privilege to invite all to come and taste of his love and know that He is. So, I invite you to think of the last time that you felt the the Love of Christ. Think long and hard about it. Then, if the answer that you come up with is anything other than "I am feeling His Love right now!", I ask you to seek out that love. You can experience it, and it will change your life for the better.
Love you all!
All the best.
Ttyl, in a bit!
With best regards,
The Gospel according to Kawajou:
After reading Helaman 3:28 "I feel Jesus Christ is real open person. He will accepting anything."
After I asked him what his favorite thing that happened this week was,
"Sister Imoto bring us lots of food. I didn't know that. I was taught about only kimchi. I am happy." (she essentially bought this weeks groceries for us, and I too am happy)