I hope everyone had a great Easter week! Our week was filled with a lot of service, on Thursday we went over to the high school and helped out with the Special Olympics that they were hosting for mentally challenged kids from elementary school all the way up to high school.
That whole event was filled with such a wonderful spirit and some of the happiest kids! That was the first time I’ve been to a Special Olympics and it made me miss the track season days haha. The other service was just helping people move and moved furniture for some people which wasn’t to bad!
With Easter being this past weekend you would think more people would be open to talking about God or Jesus Christ but really that had no affect. A lot of the people we talked to gave us the typical “we already have Jesus” approach or “I’m busy.”
It got to the point where Saturday night before bed I finally just asked God what he needed us to do. Doctrine and Covenants 15 slipped into my mind, I’m not normally thinking of scriptures in D&C so I knew that was from the spirit.
When I read scriptures that come to mind pertaining to a situation or question I have I like to change whoever the person is to my name to relate it better, so when I looked up D&C 15 it literally felt like God was flat out telling me what I needed to do, it reads:
- “Hearken, my servant Elder Summers, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.
- For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.
- And I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone–
- For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.
- Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.
- And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.”
Now that being said, Sunday afternoon rolls around and we were knocking doors and a Hispanic man answers the door and tells us he is busy, when clearly we can hear the TV in the background. Immediately I asked what he was doing and if he needed help, he hesitated because he knew we caught on and knew he wasn’t actually busy.
In his hesitation to find another excuse I asked him bluntly, “do you not have 3 minutes for Jesus Christ that we can show you a video on him?” You can just see the guilt strike him and he accepted to watch the Easter video. After the video we bore testimony to him of what we believe and started to teach the restoration to him.
Before we could get to the authority he tells us his dad is a pastor so he knows everything about the Christian religion, so I decided to test his knowledge and asked him “why did Jesus Christ walk 70 miles to specifically be baptized by John the Baptist?” When he didn’t know the answer I preceded to finish teaching him that we believe the same authority John the Baptist had and the same authority that Jesus Christ gave to his apostles before he died was restored.
By the end of it the man accepted our invite for us to come back and teach him but he was probably saying that to get us to go away.
The whole week was just filled with random stuff, from people bashing with us, telling us we weren’t baptized, to finding street signs on the ground, and a cute mini waterfalls, it was a pretty good week!
Easter week is a wonderful time to really reflect of the sacrifice the savior made for us and Heavenly Fathers great and eternal plan. I hope you have a good week and take care!