October 28, 2019


Cerrito, Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca


Elder Callaghan

Elder Ben: Miracles happen in the rain

There's a saying here in the mission: milagros pasan en la lluvia. (Miracles happen in the rain.) This week we had a lot of rain, which made me very happy. One morning we woke up with practically a river outside the window, with no appointments in the morning and with little idea of what to do. The thought passed through my mind to stay home and work on organizing things for our area—it's an essential work in moderation, but it would have been an excuse that morning. Seeing the rain, I could feel that leaving would be both difficult and a trial of faith. We sat down and set up a plan, then, raingear on and umbrellas in hand, we left the house. Fortunately, my rainboots are tanks--waterproof, soles two inches thick, and the grip of a hungry gator. I can and do walk through rivers with them. My companion wasn't quite as lucky, so he didn't walk through the rivers. We knocked on a lot of doors and got very few responses, less positive. A man with tattoos and a ring running through his lip answered the door, and I handed him a card with the cover of the Book of Mormon on it. I don't think that my explanation was all that great, but to our surprise, he invited us in. He sat us down and told us that he didn't go to church but that he wanted to. About a year ago, he got out of prison and decided that he didn't like where his life was going. He quit drugs and stopped his crime life, and now he's starting a family. We testified of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we invited him to church. Miracles happen in the rain <i style="font-size: 14px;" class="">when we leave the house.</i><i style="font-size: 14px;" class=""></i>I have another type of experience sometimes. Sometimes we talk to people and we testify to the changes that the church can make in our lives, and then those people respond by talking about how they know a member and they, once upon a time, did something terrible. You see, there's an error in saying that the church changes our lives. It does nothing of the sort. The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is what changes our lives. People don't grow closer to Christ by just going to church and partaking of the sacrament, they grow closer by personal effort. It is so very difficult to testify that the church is true to someone who has met people who are in the church but not in the gospel. If the members of any unit do not minister as Jesus Christ and act as he would, missionary work can only get to the chapel doors. 2 Corinthians 10:11 <i class="">Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.</i> I challenge you to ask yourself if you are really living as you claim to live. Are you forgiving? Do you repent, making amends with God and with man? Do you actively seek ways to brighten peoples' days? On paper, (in the scriptures) there is nothing better to heal a wounded soul than the atonement of Jesus Christ, but what do the living fruits say? Do we allow the gospel to change us? Do we stand as witnesses of the absolutely incomprehensible love of God? We should. If we don`t, how can we say "I know that the church is true?" That phrase is acceptable for a ten-year-old bearing their testimony, but it's too powerful to be said lightly. The most important battle ever waged is in <i class="">your</i> heart <i class="">right</i> now. Fight for it.Elder Sheffer


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