Monday, January 5, 2015

"And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever"

Hello my family!

So many great things are happening in 29 Palms! We have been praying so hard that we will find those many people and families that Heavenly Father has prepared to be taught, and He has been leading so many good people to us. I know that there is a God and He answers prayers.

A few weeks ago we were looking for a certain family at a certain address. They had moved, but we met a woman named Windy who now lived there. She was interested in learning more and taking a tour of our church, and we asked her who else might be interested. She said we should stop by Richard, her next door neighbor, and jokingly said:

He needs God. He needs God.
We attempted several times to contact Richard and honestly didn't expect much to come from him. But on Wednesday we finally met him and his family. We taught them and they are awesome and Richard and his family of 6 have commit to be baptized. And during the lesson we asked:
If there were a prophet today, what would you ask him?
There was a pause. Then Richard's mother-in-law asked:
What happens to our loved ones when they die, and are they happy?
She is a widow. We read Alma 40:11-12 with them. The Spirit in the home was sweet, and we are so excited to teach them more about the Plan of Salvation.

We are also teaching a man name John. His wife is a member and this week he commit to be baptized in March. He decided to quit smoking at New Years' and he's been doing really great, even though it's been really hard for him. But they are so happy cheerful all the time. They're just funny. 

We've met many other people and our planners are so full for this coming week. We've been trying really hard to talk with everyone and teach everyone. It's been really fun.

And I can't think of other specific things I wanted to write about, but this comes to mind: Yesterday as the closing hymn in the Samoan sacrament meeting, they sang one of my favorite Samoan hymns. It's upbeat and I feel the spirit whenever we sing it. And it's not in the english hymn books, but the chorus in English would probably be this:

Face the war;
Fight strong for Jesus.
Satan has come, our enemy
There's many in his army.
Soldiers of Zion, 
Let's all be strong
Fight with alertness and diligence in doing good things.

I know the gospel is true! I love you all!

Elder Judd