Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September 30, 2013

Elder Low's report:

This week I've been reading in Mormon, particularly in chapter 6, a lot about how even after all the miracles that had been shown to the Nephite people, still they fell into wickedness, and because they had fallen into wickedness, they no longer had the blessing and power of the Lord with them, and they were destroyed from off the face of the land.

Well this week was weird, taking over the area, seeing my trainer go home and getting a new companion felt a lot like diving into cold water, but we quickly adjusted so all was alright.
This week we'd been working with an investigator that my previous companion and I had been working with. He was super cool and really had a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and that we were representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, but for a very long time he had been waiting to feel the spirit to confirm to him that baptism was the pathway the Lord wanted for him. We invited him to continue to pray, read and come to church to do his part in his eternal progression, and we promised that as he did so with real intent, the Lord would give that answer to him. He did. He continued to progress. We gave him a date. He took the interview, and during a prayer in it, he received his answer which he immediately recognized. We were incredibly excited, but when Sunday came he never came, and he turned his phone off. 

When we came to follow up on what happened, everything had changed. Though he did not deny the answer he had received all his fears and doubts had come back and since then he hasn't progressed.
To me it was so sad, and I felt like exclaiming as Mormon did seeing thousands of his people die having turned away from their Lord, "O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you! Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I 
amourn your loss. O ye afair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have bfallen!"

Unfortunately I don't know if this investigator will be baptized within my time, hopefully one day, but we have hope that either way the work of the Lord will continue, we shall find new people to teach, unhindered those people who are ready to hear the gospel will receive it, and we shall continue to serve our Lord.

Elder Low

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