|One of our recent converts|
Hello every one! It's been another great week to be a Mormon missionary!
Elder Castaneda and I have been seeing miracles in our area, and are recognizing those people who are prepared to hear the gospel message. President Gelwix left us a priesthood blessing last week that "we would recognize the prepared people that will be put in our path." I have seen this happening in our area.
This week as we were doing some harvest blessings, we knocked on a door of a young man named Mario. He seemed a little down as he opened the door. We told him who we were and that we had been sent to his home for a reason. He willingly let us into his home and told us that he had been going through some really hard times. He had just lost his license due to a recent DUI and could see that he was getting farther and farther away from God. We said the prayer with him, and the spirit poured out upon that room. Mario was in tears as we asked him how he felt. The spirit then lead us in what we said and our questions were inspired. We were able to teach Mario how he could overcome temptation by anchoring himself to our Savior Jesus Christ. We read from Helaman chapter 5. I have personally thought about this in my own life, "How can we overcome temptation"?
The scriptures teach us that we must pray always that we be not lead into temptation, that we should read the word of God for they will teach us ALL things that we must do. We must already have the decision set in our head that we will resist the temptation before it arrives. When we begin to think twice about our temptations, we have already let satan get his foot in the door and by that time it may be too late!
In a world growing in filth and wickedness we must apply these principles. The most important thing of all is that we are anchored to our Savior Jesus Christ. Heleman chapter 5 vs 12 says, "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that we must build our 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 t hey cannot fall." Brothers and sisters I promise that as we do this we will beat temptation every time!
I love this work more and more each day. I have nightmares and thoughts of the day when this will all come to an end. I want to be sure that I find everyone that I have been sent here to find! God lives! We are his children, he loves us! Jesus is the Christ. This is His church. As I read about the Tree of Life this morning in the Book of Mormon, I really felt the Savior's love. He is there waiting for us. If we hold strong to His word and promises we will arrive to our final destination. There will be trials and temptations of all sorts, but we must be anchored to Christ our Savior! I love you all have a great week!
Elder Tanner Aiken