Monday, August 31, 2015

Learn Ya Good

We were finding yesterday and were short on time because we had an appointment soon, but my companion felt prompted to talk to a lady at a bus stop. We ended up teaching her a short but powerful lesson and in the end she was holding tight to the Book of Mormon, as if it were an anchor. It was a wonderful spiritual experience! My companion is a great teacher. I think that he is teaching me more than I could possibly teach him. Elder Facer is the man! 
This morning we woke earlier than usual and headed to the chapel to play basketball. We called the sisters to see if they were coming and after some complaining, they said they would come. So we went up and started playing with our investigators and Joel who is an recent convert. After about 40 minutes of playing, the bishop's son came in and told us we were needed downstairs. We booked it down to find Sister Juarez hunched over on the couch, sobbing. 
Just as we arrived the bishop laid his hands on her head and prepared her for a blessing of healing through the anointing of oil. He then motioned that I should follow suit and give her a blessing. It was short and to the point but soon afterwards, she stopped crying and was able to stand long enough to walk to the car. Later we were informed she would be getting surgery again to work out some kinks from the surgery that she had had a few weeks before. 
I was grateful at that time for my ability to worthily hold the priesthood of God, and to be able, in an instant, be lead by the spirit to heal another based on their faith. That is what was most amazing to me. Her faith. It takes a lot of faith to be healed. But when we have that kind of unbreakable faith we will be healed. 
I finished just the Old Testament and one scripture toward the end that stuck out to me was in Zechariah 13:6. "And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." I thought that it was really interesting and Elder Facer and I spent a few minutes talking about it during studies. Sort of about the Jewish beliefs on Christ and how when He comes there will be those that still won't accept him. 
But we mostly just talked about how it will be for those who do believe with an open heart He is our Savior. Isn't it wonderful that Christ, knowing He would be betrayed by his friends, sacrificed Himself for us? I hope when He comes again I will be able to recognize Him and won't even have to ask. It reminds me of Romans 5:1-8. If you have time in your busy schedules, I invite you to read them. 
(Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.)


Elder Henry David Christensen 

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