Tuesday, March 4, 2014

February 10, 2014

Elder Low's report:

This week I've studied in 2 Nephi quite a bit, and being prompted by a conference talk, studied specifically in 2 Nephi  33, which is Nephi’s testimony of the truthfulness of the words he has written, stating that those who believe in Christ shall believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, for they invite all men to do good, and those who will not believe in these words, shall come to the knowledge that they are the words of Christ, at the last day.

This week on Sunday we confirmed our recent convert George a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who was baptized the week previous. When I first came into this area, and met George who the previous missionary companionship had begun teaching, we were quite disappointed with his progress and lack of enthusiasm towards the gospel. Though he had accepted all the doctrines to be true very near to the beginning of the teaching process, he seemed to us to lack the desire to act upon that witness he had gained, and for nearly two months, we felt that he would never get baptized. However when we finally diagnosed and treated the doubts he had and when he walked through the doors of the church for the first time, George became a changed man. We felt his enthusiasm and desire to continue to learn, and he felt the Spirit there at the chapel testifying that the church was true.  Because he also felt the Spirit and because the Spirit, as Nephi says, invites all men to do good, he was ready to be baptized and decided to be baptized the following week. In past times in my mission I have been asked by many people to prove that the Book of Mormon is the word of Christ, but truly, there is no proof that I could give them would ever convert, no Bible cross reference to make them understand, only the Spirit of God. What ensued because of that one experience of George feeling the power of the Spirit, was him allowing the ward to be at his baptism, him loving his baptism even though the water was only up to his knees and he had to lay down just to get under, and him standing and walking to the front of the congregation to be confirmed, all while having extreme anxiety.

Truly these are the words of Christ. Not only do the words in the Book of Mormon invite men to do good, but they invite to men change and become good, and through the power of the Holy Ghost we can learn the truth of all things.

Elder Low

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