So I’ll start this letter with a funny experience that I had this morning. So with the new changes to the timetable for missionaries. It allows us to leave the house at 8am. So this morning we had kind of a longer session at the gym (still chimping ya know) and near the end there was this old white guy who started lifting stuff. When we were about to leave, he says to us in his “American” accent, “Hey yer Mormon’s aren’t ya? Take these books, now I know I can’t convert ya, you’ve had the burning in the bosom. But I am here to testify to you that salvation can only come from the blood of Jesus Christ, and if you accept him as your personal Savior. There’s no church that can save ya, only Jesus Christ’ blood. I hope you have a change of heart” Well we were kind of just listening, and he didn’t really stick around so he left after his testimony. All four of us just looked at each other and were like “did that just happen?” Haha. I guess that’s what the view of the church is sometimes outside of Zimbabwe. I forget how ridiculed the “Mormon” church is back home.
Well after we did a bit of squash we made our way home. When we got home I read a little bit of that baptist preacher’s material. I said to myself “I don’t wanna judge, but only if this guy really knew, if only he really knew.” Sure he has plenty of scriptures to support himself, but is that really truth? In the long run is that really what’s going to bring you joy? Keeping God’s commandments out of fear of being thrust in to hell? Well I can truly testify to you that God lives, and he has restored truth again on earth. He has reached out his arm in love and again shown to us the doctrine of His kingdom. I’m grateful for Priesthood authority, and for the great privilege of seeing it at work on my mission. This is the true church of Jesus Christ. We don’t worship the church, we go because it is God’s kingdom once again established on the earth preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah. It is sad at times to see people falter because of blindness, and hardness of hearts. As a missionary I have always striven to remain as humble as possible, to allow the Spirit to work through me and be an effective advocate of the truth. This gospel is supposed to bring joy in our lives, it’s supposed to make us happy, “Men are that they might have joy”. That’s why we call it gospel, it means “good news”.
Another funny experience I had this week involved on of our investigators. He’s only like 10 years old, but he understands us so well and always comes to church. Well one day we made one of our visits and the mother said he was very sick. We walk inside and see him lying in bed. We could tell that he was in pain so we gave him a blessing then left. It wasn’t until we left that we realized he wasn’t sick at all! Some of his neighbors (who are some members) told us that he had been circumcised! Haha, we have no idea why it was done, or what the purpose is but it was still kind of something to laugh about.
Well my studies have kind of been all of over the place these last few weeks, but I did start to read the four gospels in the New Testament again. I can now see those events coming to life before my eyes. So yes, I Believe in Christ. I do accept him as my personal Savior (whatever that means), and I’m a Mormon. This work is true, and I testify that if you act on that faith that you hold dear that even in this world full of tribulation you can find peace.
The church is true!