Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"The Wall of Faith"


We had a wonderful week! This past week was Zone Conference, and we received some wonderful training from President Skelton and the Assistants. President Skelton talked to us about the importance of the Restoration. In order to fully understand just how much Heavenly Father loves us, we went throughout the first topic in the first lesson in Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel. Line by line, we went through that topic, and found scriptures that proved the statements in there. Along with that, President also emphasised the absolute importance of the First Vision. Without that first experience that Joseph Smith had, this Church would not be on this Earth today. Thus, he said, that we need to have a solid testimony and faith that the First Vision did indeed happen, that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did indeed appear to the boy Joseph Smith, and they did indeed call him to be a prophet in these latter days. I really do agree with that. The First Vision forms the foundation of God's restored Church on this Earth. Because of that experience, we know that the Lord still speaks to His children, and he has called prophets and apostles in the land again.

The Assistants gave us a training on how we can more effectively use members in missionary work. We read through parts of Preach My Gospel, where President Hinckley mentioned that member missionary work is essential, that conversion, lasting conversion is found most especially in the work that members participate in. We were trained on how we can teach members how to extend commitments, to talk to their friends and to help them gain a stronger faith and testimony in the Church. I was able to perform in a quartet that sang a beautiful arrangement of "Have I Done Any Good?"

Other than that, we have a few investigators that are progressing well. Jovian is progressing, but the only problem is still his Mom. He is too afraid to talk to her, so we're trying to help him build enough faith to be able to stand up for what he believes in. We all are shoved against the wall of faith one time or another, so he really does have to decide soon.

With Aravin, he is just deciding whether or not he wants to fire walk for the last time for the sake of his Grandmother. We hope he doesn't. One, so that he can be baptized next week. The other reason is that if he can forsake that tradition and go ahead with this baptism, his faith will increase by leaps and bounds, knowing that he really did sacrifice something for the gospel.

Well, the last bit of exciting news, WE HAVE MY FIRST BAPTISM ON SATURDAY!!!! Peter will be baptized on Saturday at 6p.m. at the Bukit Timah Stake Center. So, for those of you who are in Singapore, please come! I'll be performing the baptism so I'm way excited and happy. More that that though, I'm grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

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