Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Laying Down our Weapons of Rebellion

Me and Mickey at my birthday dinner.  She is the best!
My birthday week was wonderful! Thank you so much everyone for the gifts, cards, and letters.  We taught Tessa's mom the Plan of Salvation this week. It was a cool experience because she didn't understand the plan of salvation at first but when we were able to explain it she loved it and realized how merciful it really is; and how every single person has the opportunity to learn about the gospel and accept it. It really is a plan of happiness. 
This was at my birthday dinner.  Mickey took the picture and she is hilarious so
we were laughing for this.
On my birthday, all I wanted was a busy proselyting day and that's what I got! We taught R.  He comes to church every Sunday and is really excited for baptism. I can see him changing every day and have witnessed the peace and happiness it has brought into his life. We also taught S.  His wife and son moved here finally so we are also teaching S, his wife.  She felt the spirit instantly on the first lesson.  They are a wonderful young couple who recently moved here from Washington.  S wanted his wife to see the baptismal font like he did on his first lesson so we took her to see it.  She thought it was such a beautiful room, even though the font was filled with crickets... Right then we asked them to be baptized on September 12 and they accepted.  They were so happy!  Please pray that everything will go smoothly for them.
On Thursday we taught another man named S. He is a Christian from Persia. He moved to Austria and became Christian and now he cannot go back into his country or he will be killed. It is a really big deal to change from being Muslim to Christian. He is such a good guy. He was so excited when we told him that we have a living prophet. He had no idea and was wondering why he didn't already know it! Please pray for S.  We are teaching him again tomorrow!

Yesterday the E's came to church for the second week in a row! The husband has been investigating for 30 years and has never made such great progress like he is right now. He used to be a two pack a day smoker but ever since we committed him to pray for help to quit, he has cut down so much. He and his wife are being baptized on October 3. Please pray that they can quit smoking by that day.  They are trying so hard and it's really nothing short of a miracle how much they have been able to cut back so far.
One of my favorite stories in the Book of Mormon is when Ammon teaches King Lamoni, Aaron teaches Lamoni's father, and then many of the lamanites are converted and changed their names to the Anti-Nephi-Lehis. These people were taught war and bloodshed their whole lives. All they ever did was train to fight.  But through Christ they were able to change.  Christ had not been born and hadn't performed the atonement yet, but His atonement is for every single person that has ever lived on the earth.  Alma 23: 7-8 is one of my favorite atonement scriptures:

7 For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren. 
8 Now, these are they who were converted unto the Lord; 

We all have our own personal "weapons of rebellion".  Think about what your weapons of rebellion are.  It may be pride, gossiping, judging others, being dishonest, refusing to forgive someone.  Whatever they are, they stop us from progressing and rob us of blessings and miracles that our Heavenly Father wants to give us. On my mission I have taught some amazing people. Most of them have had rough pasts. But I have watched as they have been able to lay down their "weapons of rebellion" and have witnessed first hand the change this brought into their lives.  I have seen this in my own life as well through the redeeming power of the atonement. Jesus Christ invites all to come unto Him. Those who do, and do not fight against God any more, are they who are converted unto the Lord. It is never too late to do that. B, one of my wonderful investigators, is 50 and has lived a crazy life. He has known the church is true for 30 years but struggled giving up addictions. Now, he is 50 years old, and is laying down his "weapons of rebellion" and getting baptized.

I love this gospel. I know it changes people. Jesus Christ performed the atonement so we can change and become better. I love you all have a great week!

Sister Park 

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