This last week in Preach My Gospel I was reminded of the importance of Personal Revelation. There is a quote by Joseph Smith that says "Salvation cannot come without personal revelation; it is vain for anyone to minister without it." That quote is so true and this past week I have especially been trying to implemement that to help meet the needs of the people that we meet with.
With Jocalina this week as we met with her I had the prompting to dig a little deeper to see if anything was bothering her. She came out and told how there is something that is always telling her not to do the things that we ask, she says she knows that everything is true, but that voice is really bothering her. We were then able to talk about Joseph Smith having the same experience when he went to pray in the grove of trees and were able to give her a priesthood blessing as well. She definitely felt the spirit and was crying and so grateful for that blessing.
When we met with Salome we had intended to review with her about the plan of salvation with the kids, but right before we started I felt like we needed to talk about the atonement and how we can be strengthened from it. It was such an amazing experience to see how that was just what she needed. he opened up more aqbout things going on with her parents not accepting her anymore because she has joined the church and how she has needed that strength. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the Lord.
We finally got Brother Strike to come to church which was awesome! And Alexander got confirmed as well... He showed up in a suit looking like a missionary! It was a great sight to see!!
I really enjoyed reading about Moroni this past week in my study! He is such an incredible leader. (Alma 54:14 and Alma 48:17) He put his whole soul into being an instrument in God's Hands. He inspired people not to believe in him, but to believe in themselves and put their trust in God continually. He never asked them to do anything that he wouldn't do. A quote I really liked from President Harold B. Lee says "Only as we make ourselves totally available can we become worthy disciples of Christ." Let us make ourselves available!
I love you so much!