Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September 24, 2013

Elder Low's report:

This last week I've been reading in a lot in Alma, specifically about his and Amulek's preaching and subsequent persecution.
When Alma first went into the city he was rejected completely and entirely by the people, they saw some weird dude who had come out of nowhere and said who is this man to tell us that we are wicked, he Knows not our people, he is not who he says he is, why would God send only one man who we do not know to preach to us?
They then threw him out of the city.
Discouraged by not being able to achieve success by his own efforts, Alma began to walk to another city, but on his way, an angel appeared to him and told him to return and by the help of another whom the Lord would send he would be able to gain success. (or something along those lines I don't have the story in front of me at this time.)
Heading the words of the messenger Alma returns and meets Amulek, a steadfast member in the church of God who had seen in vision that he needed to help Alma in his mission to relieve the bands of sin that held his people captive and bring back to the truth of their redeemer.
So then, following the first member moment and meal appointment I've ever heard of, Alma and Amulek go out to have one of the biggest member present lessons in history.
As a result of the testimony of Amulek a steadfast believer in Christ, his example of power and righteousness having been known well among the people, many people were touched by the spirit of the Lord and repented of their sins, all because one normal man, not a prophet, not a missionary realized that when he had the truth of joy and forgiveness, it was his calling, his duty, and his pleasure to share it with those he knew.

This past week we had an amazing miracle baptism.
A member in our ward went out of his way to invite one of his friends to a family home evening with the missionaries (us). 1 week later he had given up smoking and drinking, developed a testimony of the gospel and the Book of Mormon, and was baptized a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints.
When he had started the lessons during the week he said, "I want to contend with you guys, but everything you say... just makes sense."
 What was really impressive was during the first lesson he when had waves of opposition he saw his member friend have peace and it stirred something in him, he wanted that.
Our example can be the difference between someone receiving the gospel, and receiving the cleansing power of the Almighty, having the ability to change and better their lives, eventually walking through the gates of the Lord, and having him say to them, "well done my good and faithful servant."
Just as important as our example, is our willingness to invite others to learn more.

Elder Low.

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