Saturday, April 30, 2011

Missing Persons Till We're Counted In The Streets

I love exchanges!

At least once a transfer, every set of missionaries "exchange" companions for a day or two with one staying put and the other going to the other area to do missionary work. Its fun, uplifting, a learning experience, and always seems to bring a sense of relief. Even companions who are the best of friends can use a little bit of away time every once in awhile, and there is no better way to make it happen then on a working vacation!

I took off to Goodlettsvile to work with Elder Nicoll and Thompson and we had a whirlwind of fun and good hard work. It was good to have a chance to meet new people for a little bit while we spread the gospel and watch other missionaries to refine our technique and teaching skills. Most importantly was the Spirit that was felt on that exchange as we talked with people.

The Spirit is what teaches people, not us missionaries. What we say doesn't really matter to people until the Spirit testifies to them personally that the things we teach are true. Any time there is pure and truthful doctrine being talked about, the Spirit will testify to our minds and our hearts that it is of God. We can find the fruits of the Spirit and the way it speaks to us through our feelings in Galatians 5:22, saying:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

Like When John Baptized Jesus

As we were talking with people during the exchange, I saw people as they felt the influence of the Holy Ghost and felt those feelings as talked about in Galatians. I have felt it myself, and its because of these feelings I continue to try to talk with other people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that as we surround ourselves with things that invite the Spirit, we can continually have the fruits of the Spirit effective in our lives.

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