I went on exchanges with the YSA Elders on Thursday and I got to go to the YSA ward. We drew the Plan of Salvation on the sidewalk leading to the institute. It was BEAUTIFUL! We worked hard on it for 2 or so hours. Some people would walk by and look at it so that was cool. Only a few hours after we finished, we looked outside and saw it rained and was washed away. It was fun while it lasted. Hopefully someone saw it and made our efforts worth it.
We helped a man move into the ward on Saturday. He isn't your traditional Mormon but that's alright. He had diamond stud earrings and one of the first thing he says is, "I'm into the whole rap/hip-hop game right now. I like me some 2 Chainz, Snoop Dog, and Eminem." We could not stop laughing.
We are trying to implement this idea I got from the YSA Elders combined with the instruction given to us by Elder Allen, the operating director of the missionary department of the Church. He told us that if we taught active members the five lessons that we teach, that by the end of the second lesson they would have names of people in their head that are ready to receive the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hopefully we can get the ward more involved in the work and get the ball rolling.
To end my letter, I just wanted to share something I learned in my personal study this week.
"as the Lord liveth, as many of the Lamanites as believed in their preaching, and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away. For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren. Now, these are they who were converted unto the Lord" -Alma 23:6-8
What are we converted to? The preacher? The donuts and coffee? The people? The rock concerts in the middle of the service? We need to be converted to the Lord, Jesus Christ. We need to lay down our weapons of rebellion, whether that is our pride, disobedience, or justification that a little sin is okay. In the end, being converted to Jesus Christ is the only thing that will matter. Money won't matter. Worldly power won't matter. Popularity won't matter. So let's all focus on He who does matter; our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ.