Monday was a Zone Conference (which is why pday is today instead of Monday). Elder Hamula of the Seventy came and spoke to us, mainly about faith. It was a really good conference! In the first part, Sister Eaton extended an invitation to study the life of Christ and write down ways for us to live like He lived. I think I would like to further extend that invite to all of you. Read in the New Testament and even other things written on the life of Christ and "Jesus the Christ" (and maybe you can even do this all together as a family) and think of some things that you can change that will help you be more Christ-like, and write them down. And then do them. I know that it will seriously be a great blessing to do so! And I will do it with you.
We are working with a couple of investigators who have been working with the missionaries for years and both of them are married to a member. Brother Whitman is one of them, and we had a lesson with him in the chapel on Thursday or Friday that was really good. We talked about the Atonement and how it applies to the Sacrament and to him personally. And he came to church on Sunday!
Brother Johnson... wow. Sister Muir called him a "dry Mormon" because he knows so much and just hasn't been baptized. He has said, "If God is real, then the Mormons are right". His only struggle is knowing that God is real, but Sister Muir and I feel like that stems more from his fear of making commitments such as baptism and actually becoming classified as "Mormon" when his family is against the church than it really does with him not believing in God. He just needs to build faith that will cast out his fear. We're really hoping that the lesson we prepared this morning will be really powerful and delivered by the Spirit to help him gain that faith in order to see the miracles. We have an appointment with him at 7 tonight, and we're going to be praying for him all day! And no matter what we think he's going to say, we're going to invite him again to be baptized. I think that Elder Hamula's conference this week could not have come at a better time, because in preparation for it we have been studying a ton about faith. And that is what we need Brother Johnson to understand. Hebrews 11:1 (With the JST) "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." I love the words "assurance" and "evidence". This scripture states that faith is evidence of things not seen. Faith itself is evidence that God exists. This is what I hope Brother Johnson will understand today. Other than the story of Korihor when Alma says "all things denote there is a God". Everything that exists is proof that God is real. Even faith itself.
I love you all so much, and wish that I could tell you every little thing that's happening!