Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Works of Righteousness

Hello! Happy April!
And Happy Birthday to my awesome oldest sister, Melissa! :)

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Tener sentido- to make sense. As in, "I'd never heard the fall of Adam and Eve explained that way, but it makes a lot more sense than how I had understood it before. (see 2 Nephi 2, Book of Mormon)."
Servicio- service. As in, "missionaries are here to give service. We want to give service. It makes us happy!"
Obras- works. As in, "I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?" Alma 5:16

In my whole mission, it's been difficult to find anyone who lets us give service. Whenever we try to help they say, "no, no, it's fine, leave it," and don't let us help. But this week, we went to a lesson with one of our investigators and her niece, who is a member, came with us. We got to her house and she had to take a call from the United States. After about 2 minutes, we realized it would be a long call. So we started washing her dishes and cleaning her kitchen. It was great! She was on the phone for 30 minutes and we got to clean her whole kitchen! By the time she was done, we had an awesome lesson.

We have his cool investigator who we found a while ago but couldn't visit for a while. A few visits ago we could finally give her a Book of Mormon to start reading. I went back to visit her on exchanges with a new sister, and we asked if she had read and if she had questions. She said, "just a bit." She had read the introduction and all of the testimonies in the beginning of the Book of Mormon! She had great questions and we had an awesome lesson with her. We saw her again a few days later and she had read through 1 Nephi 4. Again, she had great questions and we had a great lesson.
When people do their part, they can learn so much better. When they read the Book of Mormon on their own and pray to ask if it is true, they can find answers.

We also visited an investigator who we've been teaching for a long time. We've taught her everything that is on our teaching record, so now we're reviewing things that she says she didn't understand. In one of our lessons this week, we explained a bit about the resurrection and final judgment, and assigned her to read Mosiah 16. When we returned, she had read it and prayed about it. We read verses 8, 10-11.

"But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil—
If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil, who hath subjected them, which is damnation—"

We discussed it a bit, and asked if she believed it was true. She said that she did. We asked what she was willing to do to prepare herself for that day. She said that she needs to keep the commandments and get baptized.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored by a prophet in our days. God loves us and He guides us through His servants. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God, and the Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the Gospel.

Have a great week! Watch some talks from General Conference!
~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

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