Dear Family & Friends,
Wow, this has been a miraculous week! I love it here in Chadron, Nebraska. Many of the members here are converts to the church. As I've gone around getting to know them I've had the privilege and honor of hearing their conversion stories. Their experiences are so powerful, but it isn't so much the miraculous way in which they found the gospel that is powerful. Their stories were powerful because of who they have become because of the experience they had. They all are truly converted unto the Lord and it is evident in the lives they lead.
In 3 Nephi 7:21 it says: "As many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed."
When you are truly converted unto the Lord it shines through in everything we do and say. We have been teaching a few people this week and already these individuals are converted unto the Lord and it shines through in their actions.
Ariel is a ten year old who is working towards baptism. She comes to church by herself. She has such a strong desire to know if the Book of Mormon is true and is praying and reading to know if it is true. I'm grateful for her example to me of diligence and courage.
Clayton is a college student. His Mom and sister found the gospel in Wyoming recently. We met with him this week and followed up with how his reading of the Book of Mormon was coming. He had read the first ten chapters and when we asked how he felt when he read he said, " I feel honored to read this part of history." We talked about the Plan of Salvation and he has such a personal understanding of Christ's Atonement.
We met with John and Vickie again this week and I just love them. They are a marvelous example of being truly converted unto the Lord. The Spirit teaches them when we are there and continues to teach them when we leave. Their testimonies of prayer and of the healing power of the Atonement are powerful. When we were there Vickie told us, "Everything you have taught us is what I already believe." It is an honor to witness as "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16).
Part of the Plan of Salvation is knowing that we lived as spirits with our Heavenly Father before we came to this earth. It was there where we learned and accepted this plan he created. The evidence that we chose this plan is that we are here on earth and have obtained a body. We are truly the children of God and this knowledge has brought so much comfort and peace to my soul. I'm honored and privileged to labor among my brothers and sisters in helping them to know by the spirit who they truly are and what that means for the rest of their lives and in the life to come.
I love this gospel. It is only through Jesus Christ and His gospel that we can return to our Heavenly home. I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!
We stopped at Coldstone for a sweet treat with the Sisters after our exchanges in Rapid City, SD!
MOTAB represented at the Chadron Library!