Monday, February 4, 2013

WK54 'Faith in Jesus Christ!!"

Dear Family and Friends!!
This past week has been absolutely amazing and full of miracles straight from our loving Father in Heaven! Every single week I grow an 
even greater love for the work that we do as representatives of Jesus Christ. I know that He sends us to God's children to bring them salvation!
We saw HUGE miracles with rounding up this week. What rounding up means is Sunday morning before church starts we go knock on every ones door and wake them up and commit them to come to church one last time. It is extremely effective and I have seen miracles from it! But when I got here to Plantation they hadn't really been doing it so we have been putting it into action and this week proved the miracles that come from it! Sunday morning we went to go round up a family who committed to come to church on Monday but then disappeared the rest of the week. We knocked on their door and the mom rolled out of bed and answered the door. We then blew her away with our energy and faith and began telling her how excited God is for her family to come to church at nine. Then she explained how she had way to much to do so she wouldn't be able to make it. But then Elder Wardell and I began to testify of Christ and how much strength He will give to her by making the sacrifice to come! You could see this daughter of God's face change as her heart began to soften. Then finally she said, "Well kids, you wanna go?" They exclaimed they did! "Well go get ready then," she said. Then an hour later their entire family walked into church, felt the Spirit, and are now preparing to be baptized next Sunday all because we rounded them up for Church. We must use all of our tools as a missionary to be what the Lord expects us to be! The same principle applies to anything in life as well. As we use every single tool that God has given us, He WILL grant us success!
Saturday was one of the most powerful days of my entire mission thus far! Elder Wardell and myself had an amazing converting companionship study in the morning and spiritually created through role-playing that started off our day strong. Then we left the apartment on time and were exactly obedient and went off to see our first appointment. It was with a part-member family. The daughter was baptized three years ago and the mom has been taught by twelve different missionaries and was set on reading the entire Book of Mormon before she even considered to be baptized. But we went in that lesson with full faith that she was going to be baptized Sunday. As we taught her we showed her lots of charity and testified of the reality of the Atonement of Christ. Her heart was softened and she committed and was baptized Sunday! Huge miracles from the Spirit of God! As Elder Wardell and myself walked away from her house we both looked at each other and were amazing once again at the power of God!
Every single week out here as a representative of Jesus Christ I am blessed to learn and grow even more! I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ more than anything. And I would encourage absolutely everyone to show that love that you have for God by doing what he would have you do. And I promise therein lies eternal happiness!
Love ya'll!
Elder Pond