Elder Low's report:
This week I've been reading in 1 Nephi 11, about the interpretation the Lord gives to Nephi, because of his faith and diligence, about the meaning of his father's dream.
I really like this chapter because it uses the symbols from the vision to demonstrate the power of the gospel in our lives, and help us understand the life of Christ, and the plan of God.
I especially like how the Lord shows and helps Nephi to understand that the fruit of the tree of life, described to be the most delicious and desirable above all is the Love of God:
"21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the aLamb of God, yea, even the bSon of the Eternal cFather! Knowest thou the meaning of the dtree which thy father saw?
22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the alove of God, which bsheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the cmost desirable above all things."
and so important and powerful this statement and understanding is, that the angel reiterates it agreeing:
"23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most ajoyous to the soul."
This past week we've been trying to do a lot better at contacting.
In our area in the past we've had a lot of problems finding where people to teach in Spanish are, so this week we received a commitment from our district leader, to follow the admonition given during zone conference to focus more on contacting.
I personally have always had a bit of trouble contacting, I always felt a little tinge of fear going up to people on the street as I felt like I had less control over the situation, but never the less on Thanksgiving Day, me and my companion parked our car and began to contact everyone we could see.
It was extremely successful, especially when service was either offered or performed, and when it wasn't, we found as long as we demonstrated that why we were there was to help them, it was still successful.
One man dropped a 80 pound bag off of his bicycle along with some coconuts, and was very grateful for the help we offered, another lady moving stuff out of her car, though not accepting any help still was very receptive of us offering our help, and another man we just testified that we were servants of God and that what we had to offer was worth more than anything else was also receptive.
All three accepted the prayer, and all three truly felt that we had been sent of God, because we had demonstrated by our acts of kindness and by the spirit that we carried that we represented Jesus Christ, who is the Love of God.