Monday, January 26, 2015

You done know we had a good week!

The work here is great! I am loving life here In Grenada! We had a lot of really neat experiences this week and we felt the spirit an awful lot! So let's get started on the journey of this week!
Oh also "you done know" means " of course you know" or "you must know"!
So we ended up going by our less active lady, Janice and we show up and before we even get to say hi she yells to her neighbor and says, "Hey we're coming over to share the word!" So we go over there and this lady is just sweet! Her name is Kathisa! By the end of the lesson she told Elder Bingham that she wants to fly back to the states with us at the end of our missions as a member of the church! She wants to be baptized asap as possible! She asked if she could be baptized this saturday and we were like hold on! We still have to teach you! Ha but she is really cool! Oh also a couple days later we went by Kathisa and she had us teach her friend! The gospel is a chain reaction! IT's spreading like wildfire and I love it! 
Oh speaking of wildfire! On thursday we had a very powerful meeting with President Stewart to set goals for the year. As we set goals we decided that we wanted to raise the baptism goal but didn't know how high to raise it. We then studied it out in our minds and decided to raise it from 35 to 50. We then all got down on our knees and President prayed to confirm it with the Lord. The spirit was so strong! It was really neat to have the spirit confirm that goal for all of us! Pres Stewart has invited each of the branch council members to find someone for us to teach. So things are really moving forward!
One of the most powerful spiritual moments this week came as we met with one of our investigators named Kemron. Kemron is a really cool 17 year old. We taught him about the atonement and at one point I read him the scripture in  Mosiah 3:7 that says, "And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people":I then told him that because Christ loved him so much He went through all of that. I then asked him "how does that make you feel?" His response was almost heartbreaking. He said in a very quiet tone, "That makes me feel bad, it makes me feel sorry." Now that is what the scriptures talk about when it says, "Broken heart and a contrite spirit!" Our hearts should break when we think about what He went through for us! We should feel sorry! To often we think these sins are already paid for so they don't matter! It makes me so sad to see people who look at sins just like fouls to give! They think I have 5 sins and I am going to use them! That must stop! It makes a mockery of the atonement. So that's why I asked him the next question, and this is what i want each of you to think about. "What are you going to do to pay Him back?" Now we obviously can't fully pay Him back but the beauty of the Atonement is that Christ only asks for our best. So, do your best! I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He loves us! Never doubt that! I love each of you and I hope you have a great week!
With Love,
Elder Smith
"I testify that the surest, most effective, and shortest path to healing comes through application of the teachings of Jesus Christ in your life. It begins with an understanding of and appreciation for the principles of moral agency and the atonement of Jesus Christ. It leads to faith in Him and obedience to His commandments, and that brings healing.
If you are caught on a plateau of spiritual healing and don’t seem to be making progress, if you seem to be constantly dependent on another mortal for support, look up in faith to Jesus Christ. I know that the Master loves you and will heal you according to your faith in Him."
Richard G Scott
"Yes, Elder Smith and Bingham! It is great to be working with you both! Elder Bingham if Elder Smith ever tries to jump on top of the top bunk... don't let him! :) haha."-Elder Christensen's (New AP and MTC comp) advice to Elder Bingham in our ZL report

 This is when another car side swiped them and took off the mirror!
I guess this is how they decided to fix it!


 Grenada Sunset
 Elder Smith and Elder Leaney
 A fort in Grenada

 I love this sign, and especially this face!
 Saying goodbye to Elder Leaney

1 comment:

  1. So Randon, several weeks ago I attended a ward fireside where a new convert from Grenada spoke; they called him Ricky. The sister missionaries who taught him were there, too. An Elder and Sister Smith (my bishop's parents) just got home from there, too. Any chance you know any of these folks? It was a powerful meeting.