Ponderizing verse for this week:
Because the gospel isn't meant to be a stress or a burdon. that's not why God has given it to us. If we are doing it for the right reasons and right motives it's meant to help us. The restored gospel brings such peace and joy into our lives, but only when we are living it willingly and joyfully, not guiltily or because we feel like that's what we should be doing so we simply go through the motions.
We also started teaching the girl from Finland who just showed up in church a couple weeks ago. She's super smart. We were wondering what her story was, and why she's not baptized because she knows a lot. We were talking about it, and it seems to really stem down to her understanding of the restoration. She seemed to think the whole point of the missionaries was to get people baptized, and she was working towards it but then she started to stress out about it. It seems she forgot the why. In our missionary purpose it says "Help others come closer to Christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel." The restoration is the center of it. If Christ's church wasn't restored, it wouldn't matter which church we were baptized in, where we go, just as long as we were following His teachings. We talked to her about it, and told we just want her to focus on praying and gaining a testimony on the restoration right now. I think that releived a lot of stress off her shoulders about meeting with us.
He also just can't seem to comprend an apostacy. So yeah. But he loved talking about Christ.
He's not even muslim! (We get that question all the time from muslims) He's catholic. So I don't know why he had a problem with that.
Tuesday we went on exchanges with the Zusters in Zoetemeer. Their so good. It was really fun working with them. As a district we decided to fast Tuesday night to Wenesday about getting new investigators, and right after Zr Manning and I started our fast, we got a little lost and our plans changed. But the Lord's hand was in it. He put us in the path of a young man searching for truth, and we taught him a little bit about the restoration on his door step. We were able to pray with him and set up a new appointment. Lord answered our fast right after we started it, it was cool to see.
Pday Mariama, this girl who got baptized last transfer came and cut out hair while we were emailing! We were able to have a lesson with her after she cut our hair. Let me tell you, the Lord BLESSES you when you have lessons on Pday. She opened up to us, and we were able to have a really powerful lesson with her.
So yeah, that's my thought for the day.Liefs!
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly...