Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Spirit Converts

This has been yet another great week for Elder Rothwell and I. Being able to work hard and be happy is such a wonderful feeling. To be satisfied, to feel of your Heavenly Father love and joy is so peace-giving. We broke another record of ours with investigators on baptism date, which is slowly but surely translating over into baptisms! Leo Kong was baptized on Saturday. It was a great baptism, though we had to talk to a couple sets of missionaries who were there but weren't supposed to be, since it was in Chinese and they didn't have investigators there. Elder Rothwell and I are learning to be better leaders, trying to teach and inspire with love. It's a challenge!

Our investigators are moving along well, and the Zone has been doing great! We actually lead the mission in baptisms last week. But, lest I sound too prideful, we definitely could not have done it by ourselves. When we have great lessons, we know that it's because of the Spirit, because that's the feeling we have when we teach in unity, when the investigator is receptive, when the member testifies. The Spirit is the key to conversion.

Elder Holland has said,
"...the Spirit must be with you and you must teach by it when you teach because that is the way the lesson ceases to be your lesson and becomes His, becomes under the power of the Spirit a vehicle for lifting your investigators out of the temporal world. We are charged with the responsibility of getting people out of their ruts and routines, out of their problems and their pain, out of their earthly little arguments and ignorance and sins, and take them to the Gods — to the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost — ultimately we are to take them toward their own Godhood. In short, we are to take them to the divine. And the Holy Ghost is the connecting link which the Godhead has agreed to give us here in mortality for that heavenly connection."
These last few weeks are going to be great! Going to endure to the end! I just hope that I can do all I can to be happy, to touch the lives of Heavenly Father's children.

I was reading in Mormon this week, and the 38th verse of chapter 8 caught my attention.

O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?

It was a personal reminder of the attitude and life that I need to live, to be humble and Christlike, to seek for the eternal, not the things of the world.

Well, I hope you all have a great week, as we are having.

-Elder Chua

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