Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Week 16!

Last Wednesday we were in the dollar tree and this guy stopped us and asked, "How is the work going?" which is really odd because no one ever initiates conversation with us. People flee when we come around, no joke. People go inside, close their garages, hide their kids, hide their wives!! Anyways, we talked to this guy for 45 minutes and he kept asking us, "What is Jesus's father's name?" And we're like, "Heavenly Father? God?" and he's like, "No, no, like what is his name???" Eventually what he was getting at is that he believes Heavenly Father's name is Jehovah, of course he is a Jehovah's Witness so no wonder he stopped to talk/attempt to convert us. We know through modern revelation through living prophets of God that Jesus Christ, "was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New." (The Living Christ - January 1, 2000) He invited us to tour the local Kingdom Hall with him and visit their site and watch their videos on the internet. We accepted his offer and are going to go visit a Kingdom Hall soon. So, of course, we invited him to tour our Church and visit Mormon.org and watch our videos. His reply, "Oh no, I can't do that. That would be like committing adultery to God." It was just an overall funny conversation with Tito. 
 
That evening, we had dinner with a couple (late 50's) who recently moved into the ward. She is a member but he is not. He is stuck between choosing to stay Catholic or becoming baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His hold up is Joseph Smith/Book of Mormon. He isn't sure if he believes the Prophet and Book to be true. He wants to believe they are true but he hasn't received that witness from God that they are. He claims to have read the book and prayed about it but he never received that heavenly manifestation that it is true. Thus, he doesn't believe it is true. That boggled me when I first heard it because anyone I've ever talked to (including myself) has received that witness from God that the Book of Mormon is true when we have sincerely read, pondered, and prayed. The kicker that we finally got him to tell us is that he read the Book of Mormon as if it was, "a well written novel by a boy genius" and not the very word of God translated by a Prophet of God. Well there's your problem! Try reading the Hunger Games (fictional, of course) and then ask God if it is true. Well of course, you know what your answer will be. It isn't mind games when we ask people to read the Book of Mormon sincerely and with real intent and then pray about it. The Holy Ghost manifests the truth of the Book of Mormon when we are sincere and seeking for Truth from God. We told him to watch (apostle of Jesus Christ ---->) Jeffrey R. Holland's October 2009 conference talk "Safety for the Soul" as well as read the Book as what it is, the very Word of God. I like the quote he quoted in his talk, "No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.” I testify that what Elder Holland said is true, the Book of Mormon is divine scripture and Joseph Smith IS a Prophet of God. 
Back: Elder Zavala, Elder Ward, Elder Penaranda, Elder Corpus
Front:Elder Miller and Elder Sell
We got a car on Wednesday too, so it was a REAL good day. Subaru Legacy! It's sweet. Gets us from A to B as a car should. On Memorial Day, we got together and placed some basketball with some other Elders. That's about it for the week!

This is "The Living Christ" which was written by living Prophets and Apostles as their testimony of Jesus Christ. Check it out :)  https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/english/pdf/36035_000_25_livingchrist.pdf 

This is Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's testimony on the Book of Mormon. One word to describe this testimony---->WOW! https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/10/safety-for-the-soul?lang=eng
 
Love you all,
Elder Sell

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