This week, my companion and I had the opportunity to give a priesthood blessing to a non-member family in the hospital. The bishop from Footscray ward actually came down to perform the blessing, and since we were the closest elders, he asked us if we could come along! It was a powerful experience, and I have great faith that everything will turn out well. I know that the power of Godliness is manifest in the ordinances of His restored priesthood, and I'm blessed to be privileged to be able to participate in many of those sacred ordinances throughout my life. I'm grateful for the restored priesthood that helps us draw closer to God and understand His true nature.
Speaking of which, we had some great opportunities to strengthen people's fundamental faith this week! We met with a new investigator from Vietnam (our first one in a while), and he was very curious as to how to follow Jesus Christ. After sharing the message of the Restoration, he agreed to pray and to meet with us more often so that he can know how to live the way that God and Jesus Christ want him to live. Additionally, we got to teach a nice sister how to pray this week. It was humbling and sobering for me when she asked us "When should I pray? Can I pray every day?" as though she were unsure that our God would make time to listen to here if she were to petition Him every single day. It was a sweet moment to bear testimony to her and explain to her that, yes, we not only can pray every day, but that our benevolent Father in Heaven wants to listen to us and hear us every single time that we do. In any time and in any setting, we can connect with Heaven with the utmost assurance that He is listening and very eager to bless us and help us.
With priesthood blessings, exchanges, and great opportunities to petition for the Lord's help to feel healthy enough to do His work (I've had a bit of a cold this past week, but things are still going alright; I haven't been bed-ridden yet. :) ), this week was another great week and a testament to me of God's great love for each one of us as individuals, not just as the aggregate of His numerous children. I pray that you all may have those sweet moments alone with Heavenly Father. Something that has really impacted me in my studies lately of scriptures ancient and modern is how the prophets and apostles of the Lord really take the time to know Him, to commune with Him. I know that as we work to know Him, He will not only reveal Himself unto us in marvelous, unforeseen ways, but He will also change us to be able to experience the great power of godliness that He wants each of His children to feel. :)
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world; He was crucified for the sins of the world, yet He lives. He lives for you and me, and He will also come find us and save us. I strive to know Him and Heavenly Father even better. I have received my witness through the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead. I pray that we can each feel Their great love and great interest over our success and happiness. In the name of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, amen.
I love you all and hope you have a great week! :)