Elder Low's Report:
This week I’ve finally arrived in my chronological journey through the Book of Mormon in one my favorite parts, the war chapters in Alma! I'm super excited. I really like these chapters because they demonstrate the practical application of the principles taught by Christ as well as the rewards that result. I think the message of all these chapters is summed up well by the words of Moroni in chapter 44 which says:
3 But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us; and ye behold that he has delivered you into our hands. And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us because of our religion and our faith in Christ. And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith.
4 Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we are faithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.
Literally the success of all that we do is completely and inseparably connected to our faith in the Lord, demonstrated by our actions. As we excise our faith in the Lord, even when all seems hopeless, swearing with the 2000 stripling warriors that we "do not doubt" and continue to work, we will accomplish his purpose for us, and we will find that truly what he had planned for us, is far more than what we could have ever planned for ourselves.
This week our district saw tons of success particularly in the baptism of the Vasquez family in the area of West Palm North, as well as the tremendous work and effort going on between the missionaries in the district and the ward members. The ward council is getting excited as they see that their efforts have effect. New members are being very well fellowshipped and people are talking about future callings that they may soon accept, and referrals from members who we didn't even talk to are coming in. One such experience that happened in our personal area was that we worked as hard as we could to try to get new investigators, and though they came, quickly they dropped off, and we found ourselves in a jam, seeing that no came to church who had planned to. But the Lord provided through our awesome members. They brought a friend to church; two to be exact. One of them is so interested declaring that he loved everything that was going on. Truly this is a time of great thanksgiving, but it is not enough. This week we will be again focusing heavily on finding the elect.
I know that we must trust in God. He will always sustain us. I know that this is true.