Monday, February 3, 2014

Baptism Joy

 Day of joy!
 Elder Low's companion?
 Elder Low's companion
Elder Low

February 3, 2014

Elder Low's report:

This week I’ve been studying a lot in first Nephi, and felt particularly re-inspired by Nephi’s affirmation in 1 Nephi 3:7 stating that as we strive to keep the commandments of God, He will open a way that will make that commandment, not necessarily easy, but indeed possible.

Last night was super bowl Sunday, and we really did not want to knock doors. Having cleaned up after the baptism and gone to a recent converts house, it was just about 6 and we knew that every person and their dog, as they watched the biggest game of the year, was going to be annoyed by two guys knocking on their door and asking to pray with them. We discussed what we should do, and realized that it was a commandment from God to harvest for an hour, and that though it would be difficult, somehow God would soften the hearts of the people. We got to the place we felt we should go, prayed, took a deep breath, and started harvesting. About an hour in we knocked a door, and a woman opened the door. We said we had come to say a prayer. She stated she had company over and had to refuse. Before she could finish commenting we saw who her company was. It was a man we had met twice before. We talked, and he stated that he believed that it was the intervention of God that had brought us together and accepted the prayer. He did not initially accept baptism, but was quite interested.

I know that God blesses us as we strive to keep his commandments, and that we will see miracles as we demonstrate our desire to obey.

Elder Low.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Key West

Is that really a lobster?
Follow me boys!
Manatee reflection
I got to pet a manatee!
Fish for dinner?

January 28, 2014

Elder Low's report:

This week we I've been studying about the many converts in the book of Mormon, and spent much time looking at the conversion of Zeezrom. I think it is just amazing how despite his past beliefs, despite his knowing that believing upon the words of Alma and Amulek would destroy his popularity and thus his livelihood, when true doctrine was taught to him he felt of the truth of that doctrine and the Spirit of God bore witness of it, he acted upon that knowledge.

For about 2 transfers the Key West elders have been trying to get an investigator named George to church. I say the Key West elders because I wasn't even here when he started to be taught. He accepted everything, he understood the importance of the restoration, and believed God had raised up the church, and knew he needed to live the commandments from day one, but because of severe anxiety, he was unable to attend church for months. Finally last week we committed him very solidly to come to church. Unfortunately the morning of at 8 o'clock in the morning, he text-ed us and said he couldn't do it. My companion and I however would not let that fly, and we went over to his house thirty minutes later. He said he was scared, he said he just couldn't. We read to him the story of the ten lepers, taught of priesthood blessings, and testified that if he would promise to come to church, even as the lepers walked to the priest before being healed, that he would be healed by the power of God from his anxiety. He accepted. He came to church, and wants to be baptized next week.

Truly as we teach of the doctrine of Christ, God will change the hearts of the Elect.

Elder Low