So trainer calls are tomorrow and I'm hoping we don't get a phone call. Saturday we find out who's getting transferred and where. Oh the suspense! Sister Huppi and I reeeally don't want to get transferred. We both want to stay together and really want to be here for the three baptisms we have coming up. But Sister Huppi is such an amazing missionary, I will be surprised if she doesn't train. Actually, I'll be surprised no matter what happens. But luckily it is the Lord who decides what happens and I know that he is at the head of this work and he knows where we are needed and what we need.
Tuesday we went to Springfield again but this time it was for Mission Conference. Elder Godoy, who is in the quorum of the seventy, came and spoke to us. As well as his wife Sister Godoy. They are from Brazil and this was their first assignment in the states and in English. They were so inspiring and I loved their accents. Sister Godoy spoke first and had us write on a big whiteboard the blessings that have come through the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We filled the entire board with things like: The Book of Mormon, the priesthood, temple ordinances, baptism, the laying on of hands, patriarchal blessings, modern revelation, more scripture, prophets, the plan of salvation, and many many other blessings. Then she walked over to the board and said, "What if we had to give some of these up? Which would you let go?" She erased eternal marriage... my heart sank. Then she erased another blessing and another and I reflected on what life would be like without that blessing. With each word she erased it felt like my heart was slowly draining and all the happiness in the world was gone. The board was blank and I felt empty. I realized how pointless and meaningless life would be without the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. She explained that this is how people who don't have the gospel feel. As a convert to the church she was able to express how she had once lived without these blessings and knew how it felt. Her and her husband expressed their gratitude for the sister missionaries who were able to teach them and bring their family these eternal blessings.
Elder Godoy spoke about how important these truths are and that we need to find those people who don't have them. What a great way to teach. It really impacted me and made me grow in my desire to share the gospel with those that I love. It made me think of all the people in my life who don't know that Christ's church- the one he established while he was on the earth- is here and how they can know it is true for themselves.
"Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise." (2 Nephi 2:8)
How important it is to tell everyone of these eternal truths so that we can live with our God and enjoy eternal salvation with those that we love. Anyone who is reading this and doesn't know if this church is true- find out. Because if it is (and it is) then there is a perfect way to be happy. There is a perfect way to know what the purpose of life is and how to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come. Wouldn't it be worth trying? You might as well test it and see if this church is true. And even if you know or feel that it is- ask God again :) Read from the Book of Mormon and see if the spirit doesn't testify to you that it is true. How perfect and beautiful the plan of happiness that our Father in Heaven has placed before us. We must learn of him and grow in our faith to become as he is and see the way that he sees, so that when the day comes ....
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen." (Moroni 7:48)
That is the purpose of this life. To learn, to grow, to change and do all we can to become our best selves. The more we are like Christ, the more comfortable we will be when he comes and we are to stand in his presence. I love that he loved us enough to suffer and die so that we can change. He makes it possible for us to become like him. This gospel and the commandments he has given us is the perfect formula for happiness and eternal joy. How humbled I am by the opportunity and blessing that I have to know it and share it with the world. I love this gospel and I know it's true.
Our Heavenly Father loves us. I know he does. We are his children. He has a plan for each one of us and invites all to come unto him and learn this joy. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.