First of all, this video inspired me today. Maybe it can inspire you. :)
Secondly, this week has been wonderful! I feel so spoiled to be seeing so many blessings. I have felt so wonderful--so consumed by my purpose here. :)
There are three things we recite each district meeting and each time we study as a companionship. The first is Our Purpose, as found in Preach My Gospel:
"Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentence, baptism, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."
Second, we recite the Standard of Truth, as given by Joseph Smith:
"The Standard of Truth has been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs my combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independant till it has penetrated every continent, visited every climb, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say "the work is done."
Third is a scripture of the month, as chosen by our mission President. (This month is Doctrine and Covenants 4:4.)
I love reciting these things. There is so much power in words... just to say them aloud to yourself and to think about what they actually mean. It fills my heart. :) When I feel down or my heart falters, I love to have something to go over in my mind. Some of my favorites are Doctrine and Covenants 121, which Sister Bastian encouraged me to memorize, and secondly, "The Living Christ," which my mum encouraged me to memorize (though I didn't do it till my mission.) I have fallen asleep many a time with those beautiful words playing through my mind. What a blessing it is to have scripture to use in it's limitless capacity. :) We must never underestimate the power of scripture to drive away the depressing spirit of sin and doubt.
This week Deborah (who I taught in Waukesha) was baptized. :) I wish I could see her and congratulate her! I know she is doing well. :)
All is going well here also. We are beginning to uncover some of the concerns and difficulties that need to be resolved before those we are teaching can be baptized. But I am always impressed and inspired by their faith! There is so much desire, especially to strengthen family. People are searching! It's always amazing to me.
I've been seeking to increase the power and sincerity of my prayers. One of our investigators, Cindy, mentioned to us once that one of the difficulties she has with investigating is "asking" God for so much (whether blessings or knowledge, or testimony.) She is accustomed to focusing her prayers on thanks. We know our Father in Heaven is eager to grant us these blessings and the help we may seek, but her concerns stuck with me! I've paid careful attention since to how much of my prayers are spent in gratitude and how much is spent asking for things, and I was surprised to realize how "needy" my prayers had become. It reminded me of a quote:
"Instead of pleading with the Lord to bestow more upon you, plead with yourselves to have confidence in yourselves, to have integrity in yourselves, and know when to speak and what to speak, what to reveal, and how to carry yourselves and walk before the Lord." -Brigham Young (DBY, 93).
So I've been seeking to be more grateful, ask for what I sincerely feel I (or those I am working with) need, and to seek the guidance of the Spirit AS I pray, to know what to say. :)
Weekly Challenge: Once a day, say a prayer of gratitude. Resist the urge to ask for anything, and focus instead on expressing thanks. This has brought me so much joy and has increased my faith in prayer and in my Heavenly Father's love for me. It can do the same for you. :)
I've just read over what I wrote and I apologize for the spelling errors you may see. I think that part of my brain is deteriorating.
Love you all! Have a fantab Thanksgiving. :)
Pictures: Our investigator Rosie makes us all socks. :) I dunno if I've modeled them before, but here they are, and Sister Fontanetti got them this week. :)
Also, here is a picture of Sister Fontanetti and Megan Bartell (so you can know what they look like.)