Elder Low's report:
This week I've been reading in Mosiah and Alma, and I was really impressed by the verse found in Alma 3. It describes the curse that was brought upon the Amalekites and shows how it demonstrates an eternal principle concerning blessings and curses:
19 Now I would that ye should see that they brought upon themselves the curse; and even so doth every man that is cursed bring upon himself his own condemnation.
I love this principle, because it shows as people probably the greatest lie that Satan puts upon us is that there is nothing we can do to change our circumstances. Though we encounter problems that are not necessarily of our own making, those who fight for righteous are promised that they shall receive according to their works.
This week we had a really hard time finding people. We knocked a ton, but even the people who we found who were really receptive at the door, even to the point of accepting baptism, after an appointment would completely change. We were really trying to find what the Lord expected of us at that time. Then, as we were knocking doors, a lady across the street called us over. We talked to her and found out she had been baptized years earlier, but after moving lost contact with the members for 10 years. When she saw us she said she couldn't believe it was us. We prayed with her and invited her to come back to church and share the joy it had brought to her with her sons. With tears in her eyes she accepted.
I know that it was because of both the faith and patience of that woman, and our own that God was able to help both of us, fulfill our purpose.