Monday, March 21, 2016

I Truly Felt the Spirit so Strong This Week!

Good morning all!

So this has been an interesting week! We had some low moments, but on the other hand we had some really great moments.

So the rough parts of the week were having over 10 cancelled appointments, having a less active text you at midnight and cussing us out because he was drunk, and literally getting the door slammed in your face many times. Oh also we found out on of our investigators is having some problems with the law so he won't be able to be baptized anytime soon which is a bummer! But hey you can't win them all! And it was a good learning experience.  Now let's get to the good stuff.

This week we had some really great lessons with some of our less active members! We've realized that our visits with them in the past were not effective at all! So this week we committed ourselves to dig deep and ask Inspired questions that would help them open up on why they aren't going to church.  As we followed the spirit on what to ask them they started opening up and telling us what was going on in their lives! Some of them didn't even remember Joseph smith, others had problems with commandments, and others didn't feel they were worthy of gods love. I'll share some stories.

So first we met with a guy named Joe, and Joe is someone that we usually go by and just read a chapter of the Book of Mormon with. But this time we asked him how he feels about his testimony and he opened up and said he definitely believes but he has been having some problems with depression so it lead him to drinking. So we had a really good lesson About the word of wisdom and talked about how alcohol numbs our sensitivity to the spirit. So we promised him that if he stopped drinking he would be more open to the spirit and would feel a lot more happiness in his life. After the lesson he said he would be at church every week! When we were about to leave he gave us a hug which is not like him and he wouldn't let go. It was a good spiritual moment.

Then we met with a less active guy named Sheldon. Sheldon is a very spiritual man but hasn't been to church in many years. And the same thing with this guy, we usually only read a chapter out of the Book of Mormon with him or share an uplifting video. But this day was different. We started being bold with him and asking him why he hasn't gone to church in awhile, and he paused for awhile, then said, because he didn't feel ready or worthy to be fully committed to God. So we started talking about how that is when we need to go to church the most! The only way we can become ready is to act on the little things and come to church. He told us he really missed the spirit he feels at church and saw that he was being blessed more when he was going.  He told us he knew he needed to get back so he committed to bringing his family to church next week!

We also meet with a new investigator named Bob. And let me tell you Bob does not have it easy. He just got out of prison and got back into drugs. He is living in a shelter and is feeling really depressed right now. So we met with him in a McDonalds and actually had an amazing  lesson. So Bob doesn't have much of a religious back ground. He's heard of Jesus Christ but didn't know much about him. So we talked about Christ life and then brought it into the atonement. We told him that Christ has felt every pain and sorrow we feel. Also that because of Christ we can have second chances and he doesn't have to feel the way he does. And you could see in his eyes that he felt the love of Christ for the first time in his life. He started to see that there is hope for him. We could tell that he really wants to change! So he told us he will read the Book of Mormon and wants to meet with us a few times a week! I love seeing people feel the spirit for the first time! It's an incredible experience.

This Sunday us missionaries were in charge of the sacrament meeting! Since it's Easter time we decided to talk about the life of Christ. And my topic was the crucifixion. This week I understood the true meaning of Easter for the first time in my life! As I was preparing for this talk I found so many writings on the life of Christ that really touched me!  I truly felt the spirit so strong this week! I felt like my talk went well too! My dad sent me a really good talk by Bruce R McConkie called "The Purifying Power of Gethsemane". I would suggest reading it! But I used a portion of that in my talk. Also us missionaries had a cute little musical number in sacrament and the spirit was very strong this meeting! There was a lot of people in tears!

So it was a great week! Sorry for rambling on but I just felt like I needed to share these experiences. But I really was reminded about my Saviors love for me! The work here is good the spirit here is good,everything is good right now! I'd love to hear from all of you so feel free to write me. :) Have a great week!

Much Love,

Elder Jeppson

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