I am so happy I get to email this week. I don't have a lot to say, but I just want to express the love I have from the Spirit and how it teaches us.
This week I had the wonderful privilege of sitting in front of 3 of the Lord's servants. While they instructed us how to teach. It was amazing. THEY DIDN'T LECTURE. THEY DISCUSSED. One of the things I learned was how to take notes in church settings. Elder Bednar told us NOT TO TAKE NOTES ABOUT SPECIFIC WORDS SAID, but to take notes of things the Spirit taught us. So that is what I did. And let me tell you... I STILL REMEMBER WHAT THE SIPIRIT TAUGHT ME WITHOUT MY NOTES IN FRONT OF ME! So I will share a few thoughts with you.
Elder Bednar when on a rampage (kind of) about how we, as members of the church, get into a tradition of how we pray. One of the traditional phrases said in prayers is, "Please help those who are not here with us this week that they might come next week." He told us how faithless and ridiculous that phrase is. So he showed us what a better way to pray is. The amazing thing about this topic was that I went to the meeting with the question, "How can we better help our branch because there are so many people not there that should be there?" Our branch consists of 12 people. 20 on a great Sunday (that is with all leadership positions present.) Sister Garcia thought, last Sunday, that we would put all the names of everyone that could come to our branch on a note card, and on Sunday tape them to the seats in the chapel and show the members how much we have to work with.
Elder Bednar invited us to prepare for his arrival by reading 3 talks. So I prepared, and the flashing lights message was ACT! DO NOT BE ACTED UPON! As I sat in the meeting I thought all of these less actives are choosing to be acted upon. Every time they don't come to church they are losing their armor to fight against Satan. They can't do it themselves. They need us. They need our testimonies. They need our invitation.
This may not make sense, but in my head it does. The Holy Ghost answered my prayers. It was reaffirmed to me that that is what we need to do in this branch. We were then told that we as members of the church are good about talking about rescuing, but actually doing is really bad. We were promised that if we followed through with the rescuing by visiting the people, that there would be a 25% increase in our sacrament meetings. When I heard that I was stoked!!! I am so ready to put that to the test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love being a missionary. The church is so true! I am happy to be a member of it!!
Have a great week!