Hello everyone - and Happy 4th of July! How grateful I am to be an American!
There have been some great things going on here in Firebaugh/Mendota. One of our investigators is getting baptized on July 6th and we are so excited! Elder Castaneda and I taught him back in October but he had to stop taking the lessons due to work. Taking some time off really helped him to grow as the seed that was planted last October has now sprouted. He is truly humble and willing to learn. As a matter of fact, he will not only be getting baptized, but he told us he will be bringing his tithing with him as well. I feel so blessed to be part of this church, to have this calling, and to represent Jesus Christ!
It has been a little discouraging this past week as we have faced many people taunting us, yellng at us, and doing many things to try and prove our message to be false. I kept my head held high and my testimony has remained unshaken!
If you remember the story of Jeremiah the prophet, he was told that he was foreordained to become a prophet, and was sanctified (Jeremiah 1:5). He was scared in the next verse saying he couldn't speak because he was a child. The Lord promised him that he would deliver him and make him powerful. As the story goes, he was mocked and imprisoned and was so discouraged in chapter 20 verse 7 he says, "Lord thou hast deceived me" and "everyone mocketh me." He then says in 20:9 that he will no longer make mention of the Lord's name. As he tried to do so he could not, the word of the Lord was too strong within him, it was as if fire were in his bones! I felt the same way this week! God lives! I cannot deny this. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and brings others closer to Him than any other book! Jesus is the Christ, He is my Savior, Brother and best Friend! I rely on Him and trust in Him completely. I love this work and want all to know there has been a mighty change within my heart! We MUST be 100%'s. There is no more time to be a 50%.
I love you all - have a great week.
Elder Tanner Aiken