Monday, August 19, 2013

Incredible Week

This past week had been incredible. We have been able to meet and teach a lot of solid people and church yesterday was great. Yesterday at church Kamagelo was able to receive the Holy Ghost and get the Aaronic Priesthood. It was so cool to see how happy he was. We were also able to get 12 of our investigators to church yesterday. The chapel we meet in isn't very big so we almost filled it all up. There were only a few seats open which was great to see. I wanted to stand up and shout for joy! I was so happy about the people we had come and the people we have progressing. Also, at church, there were three sisters that are probably in their 20's that just showed up for the first time. They had just felt the need to come try this church today and they said they loved it. We are planning on meeting with them Wednesday. It is amazing to see how the Lord's hand is in the work and how he is helping Birch Acres to grow. It is truly all because of him.

This last week also I was able to try some new food. There was a guy on the side of the road selling chicken feet, gizzard, and neck so I decided I might as well try it. haha. It actually wasn't too bad, but I don't know if I will be having it again.

In John 3:16 it says "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son" This past week I was able to read a talk that gave this scripture so much more meaning to me. The talk was on the Atonement of Christ, but rather than seeing it from Christ's view, it was on God's view of it. It talked about how Abraham and Isaac can be seen as an example of some of what God must have felt like. Isaac was Abraham's most precious thing he had and yet, he was told that he needed to offer him as a sacrifice. He must have felt so much sorrow and anguish, but he was still willing to submit his will to the God's. Just like Abraham, God, had to give up his Son, but in the end he would not be able to save his son, like how Isaac was able to be saved. In the talk it describes what God must have been feeling when Christ was suffering for all the sins of the world. It says "In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind the veil looking upon these dying struggles until even he could not endure it any longer, and, like the mother who bids farewell to her dying child, has to be taken out of the room so as not to look upon the last struggles, so he bowed his head, and hid in some part of his universe, his great heart almost breaking for the love that he had for his son." I can't imagine what God must have felt like during those moments of time, but I am so grateful that he allowed that to happen so that we can once again live with him and Christ. The only way he must have been able to let his Son die was because of the love he has for each and everyone of us. We can never repay Christ or God for what they have done for us, but we must try our best. 

I love you so much!

Elder Farnes
Eating a chicken claw