I hope everyone is having a great Valentines day, I’m quite content in my relationship with my companion right now…. no relationship issues. In all honesty, this week was a dump. Chinese New Year hit us really hard, and both Elder Lundahl-Wolford and I have been sick the past three days. I was sick for my birthday, Valentines day, and if it continues, for Elder Lundahl-Wolford’s birthday. But nevertheless, there is optimism in everything. We stayed at home for those three days, and during that time had the chance to read True To The Faith, Our Search For Happiness, Truth Restored, parts of Jesus The Christ, and a few chapters of the Book of Mormon in Chinese. I also had time to find random places in the house to hide to scare people.
I was given the chance for a lot of self reflection and receiving revelation. Over the course of my reading of past successful missionaries, I see great hope for every member’s potential today. I feel that the gospel is somewhat like Thor’s hammer, to use a superhero analogy. It possesses great power, and our unworthiness or unwillingness are the only constraints to uncovering it’s potential. If all members knew what the true potential of the gospel brings, we would never cease to live it. At the time the church was restored, incredible faith was displayed. Only years after the church was organized, the Lord commanded temples to be built, missionaries to be sent across the world, and everyone to be gathered together in Zion. Sometimes doubt and fear stand in our way. I have wondered what made the earliest saints have the faith to stand their ground until death.
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
I have come to realize that the church is truly founded on revelation. Every member that wants to stand at the last day must have a personal testimony of Christ, taught and testified to them through the Spirit of God. Missionaries everyday teach that God answers prayers, and He does. It is through the testimony of Christ that we are able to withstand all persecution, serve all people within our path, and receive all happiness that is humanly possible.
Happy Valentines Day, or Happy Singles-Awareness Day!!