I read an article from the April ’94 ensign called ‘Moroni’s Promise’ and it was really eye opening, obviously as missionaries we use Moroni 10:3-5 a lot. But there’s one part in verse 4 that’s always bugged me and I’ve never taken the time to read into it until now; I guess better late than never. In verse 4 it says “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true”, I’ve always wondered why it said not true, instead of true, but I’ve brushed it to the side because no one has ever asked me. But Elder Kevin W. Pearson gave a pretty sound explanation, he said “The Lord offers us the opportunity to let him confirm truth already in our hearts. But in order to confirm religious truth, one must at least have the idea, or the thought, or the belief (however small) that he has found something true, and then pray to receive the Lord’s confirmation.
Verse 4, then, is the Lord’s invitation, through Moroni, to thus confirm truth. To ask “if these things are not true” implies a degree of acceptance that comes as a result of our pondering the teachings of the Book of Mormon that we have received. Notice again the importance of that very first step–remembering the mercy of God to us since the Creation–and then the next step, which is to similarly ponder and receive the teachings of the Book of Mormon. Surely such pondering of these teachings will bring to mind their truth, their power, their goodness. Thus, it is now tantamount to praying, “Father, I believe that I have received truth. Please tell me if this is not so.” This kind of humble petition is motivated by our faith in Christ, by our faith that he will let us know whether our feelings are correct concerning the Book of Mormon or whether we have been deceived. Thus, our prayer, in essence, is a request for a confirmation of our own conclusions from our pondering. The Lord may not respond exactly how and when we expect, but still our obedience to these conditions qualifies us to receive an answer; this is the scope of the process described in these verses.”
The process is a lot more complicated that I realised, but it’s so beautiful that this can be applied to any search for revelation. In a lesson yesterday we were talking about inviting the spirit through prayer to instruct us before scripture study, and also ending with a prayer as well to confirm the things we’ve learnt. You should all read the article and put Moroni’s promise into practise always.
I was also reading a talk by Elder M. Russell Ballard called ‘Put Your Trust in the Lord’ from October 2013, and it was really inspiring to read about missionary work and relying on Him because it’s His work and members and missionaries alike play a big part, as it’s our duty to share the gospel. I’ve learnt a lot about how to be better member missionary. I have been somewhat apprehensive as I return home; I figured to help me adjust I should just do what I’ve been doing for the last 18 months: missionary work. It’s just a new city and language, without a companion and a curfew! It’s weird that this is my final week as a missionary.
This week was a good one; Wednesday we headed to the north, to Sassari to be with the lovely Sorelle up there! I had a scambio with Sorella DeMann, Mann I love her! Haahha, puns are my favourite thing.
Anyway, she’s the bomb, and I’m pretty sure we talked to everyone in Sassari. She’s truly blossomed into one of the best missionaries. So doing some finding on Wednesday night and I see this slip of paper with someone’s phone number written on it, I picked it up and called it hoping for some sort of crazy story to come out of it. This lady picks up and I say that I saw her number and felt inspired to call to see if she needs any service or something. She’s super confused and there’s some guy in the background who asks where we got her number and she tells him that Jesus gave us her number! I told her Jesus didn’t give it to me, but that I found it on the ground and that was the end of that. I guess it’s thanks to people like me that missionaries have a reputation as crazy people…
Anyway, it was a hard goodbye but I’ll get to see her next summer! Friday night we did some finding down by the water front and we see this girl that we met at the beginning of the transfer and she was so happy to see us! We talked a bit about the Elder’s baptism on Saturday and she told us that she’d try to come (she didn’t, we texted all 180 potentials/English course students/ex investigators, and none showed up), but it was a mini miracle because Sorella Greer thought to call her that morning and there she was in the same place. We hadn’t been able to see her as she was in Germany but hopefully before I leave!
Then Saturday was the baptism and it was just lovely seeing someone make covenants. He bore his testimony and said ‘welcome to my day’, Africans just say the coolest things! Haha! We also sang for the musical number 😊. Sunday was a miracle, the lady I talked about last week came to church and brought her son too! She said that it wasn’t what she expected, it was better than what she expected! We have an appointment with them both on Thursday! Miracles are happening 😊.
So today for my last pday in Cagliari we went to the roman ruins of Nora and it was pretty cool, just nice to get some culture and some beautiful views in 😊
Love you all 😘