So within the short time I've been on the OU campus, I've been told I believe in a different Jesus like 8 times. I've been told I'm a false prophet; I'm cursed and damned to hell - mainly because I believe in another book about Jesus Christ. But apparently a book that testifies of a "different Jesus" and teaches we have to "work our own way" to heaven, and "goes against everything the bible says". There is such confusion on the simple and beautiful gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are curious what people think of the Book of Mormon when they actually give it a chance, so we started using the Book of Mormon as a social experiment. We found 24 universally asked questions - what happens after I die? How can I find happiness? What is the purpose of life? We then marked and outline how the Book of Mormon answers all 24 of the questions. If people comply (so far 100% of the people we ask to help have accepted) we give them a Book of Mormon and a link to an online survey.
"In reflecting on these misconceptions we realize that one of the remarkable contributions of the Book of Mormon is its seamless, perfectly consistent view of divinity throughout that majestic book... in an effort to give the world back its Bible and a correct view of Deity with it, what we have in the Book of Mormon is a uniform view of God in all His glory and goodness, all His richness and complexity—including and especially as again demonstrated through a personal appearance of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ."
Sunday afternoon we had a member text us out of the blue inviting us over for dinner because she had a friend over. We hung out with her family and got to know Parker, her friend. We shared a dinner message and gave him a Book of Mormon. On Monday he texted us (our number was in the front cover of the Book of Mormon), he had questions and wanted to meet. Tuesday we meet and for an hour answer his questions about the guidelines, commandments and expectations to join the church. He doesn't have really a relationship with God but he wants one; he's seen the benefit it has and he has a desire to gain it! He texted us earlier that he's been listening to the Book of Mormon and conference talks we send him as he commutes to work, he is planning on coming to church this Sunday.
One evening we felt prompted and decided to show people sitting on benches the Because of Him video. Sister Scivally was so excited! As we were walking towards someone she said, "uh oh, I feel sick like I'm gonna throw up! I'm scared now!" Regardless of the fear we were already too far in to back out so we just did it! We tried practicing earlier what to say or how it should go so we took this opportunity for our mouths to be filled. And we literally can't remember what we asked him BUT something worked because we're meeting with him on Monday!
I know more than ever that this IS the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know more than ever that the Book of Mormon is NOT what others say it is (as listed at the beginning on the email), BUT in fact, is a secondary witness to the Divinity of Jesus Christ and our Perfect Heavenly Father's awareness and love for us all. Knowing these things gives me stability, clarity, and meaning. The quote by Jeffery R. Holland listed earlier is from a talk titled "The Grandeur of God" Oct 2003 - here's the link because everyone should read this talk: <a href="https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2003/10/the-grandeur-of-god?lang=eng">https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2003/10/the-grandeur-of-god?lang=eng</a> I love living this life as a missionary. I will never regret the time I've had and STILL have to preach and teach and work and testify of this glorious truth.
<b>I have attached a picture of the 24 questions and corresponding pages with answers AND the survey we use! I invite you to read the scriptures and take the quiz !! some questions might not apply to your exact situation but i'd love to hear from y'all and hear your testimonies of the Book of Mormon! </b><b>SURVEY LINK: </b><a href="https://forms.gle/2CqZuHQsDmyzp7yX7">https://forms.gle/2CqZuHQsDmyzp7yX7</a>
I love you all and I love the Lord and His gospel!! LITERALLY SO EXCITED TO HEAR FROM HIS PROPHETS, SEERS, AND REVELATORS THIS WEEKEND!
That being said my next email will come on Monday, Oct 7th.
1- 24 Questions
2- weekly "statue" ish
3- NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED FOR CONFERENCE
4- behind the scenes of a documentary on missionaries
5- cutest comps ever
6- wanna be comps so bad