Monday, June 13, 2016
I am so grateful to be part of an incredible hastening work!! I love Glasgow and I love all the missionaries I serve around. There's no greater place to be! This week we had 2 baptisms in our ward! They weren't from Elder V and I, but from two other Elders, Elder Jones and Shiels, who have been working really hard! Their 2 friends, Jane who is from China, and Keri who is native Scottish were both baptised on Saturday and it was amazing! President Donaldson even drove to attend the baptismal service as well. John who we baptised a few months ago gave the opening prayer, and there were several investigators that many missionaries brought who are getting baptised real soon. We have 2 more baptisms scheduled for this Saturday... One in my ward from another companionship of Elders, and one in the other ward in Glasgow. Our zone is doing so well right now, I love it!!
It was a really eventful week for us with lots of exchanges!! On Tuesday we had district meeting in Airdrie, and I brought Elder Baker who works in Cumbernauld back to Glasgow to work with me for the day. On Wednesday, I was with Elder Cropper here in Glasgow. Elder Cropper got to Glasgow at the same time as me when he began his mission, so we know each other well after serving in the same ward for 5 months. On Friday, I went to an area south of Glasgow called Motherwell with Elder Plewe who is new to the zone. Their area is really big right now and covers a huge area, so we did some great work in a variety of towns south of Glasgow: East Kilbride, Cambuslang, Hamilton, Motherwell, and Wishaw. It was a lot of fun!! So I really enjoyed this week being able to be work with so many different missionaries and in different locations.
Elder V and I have a lot of great people to work with right now as well. So Jay left for Aberdeen this weekend, but we started teaching him all of the commandments and he seems to be alright with about all of them, so he is progressing really well! He even asked if he could say the opening prayer at one of our lessons... Which is so cool because just 3 weeks had had virtually no belief in God! We are teaching this awesome lady from Malawi named Linda, who is friend of another investigator named Grand (who is basically a member because she has been going to church for 8 years, but just can't be baptised because she is not married to the man she is living with). And Linda came to church and is really enjoying all of the lessons, so it's really exciting! We have picked up a few others as well, but it's tough to say if they will progress much yet or not. A few others are on summer holiday or leaving soon, like Nicole... but we are steadily finding more and more people.
We discussed a really cool principle in Sunday school this week about, obedience/success vs. trial/opposition. There must be opposition in all things, in order for growth to happen. And as sons and daughters of God with divine potential, we must go through difficulties in order to grow and become better. A few examples:
Right now in our mission we are having some of the most success in Scotland/Ireland that we have had for years!! At a recent meeting with President Donaldson, he discussed with us about some of the trials that are also happening throughout the mission as well. We know something great is happening when Satan is working so hard to oppose the work of salvation.
In our lives when we are obedient to the commandments, often times temptations will come that really test our obedience. It is the only way that we can continue to grow. If we are always tested at the same level, it would be tough for our spiritual strength to grow. For example, Abraham was prophet with such an incredible level of righteousness and sanctity, however he was given a VERY difficult commandment to sacrifice his son, Isaac. But he willing obeyed, and was blessed and didn't actually have to kill his son. As we learn from James 2, Abraham's faith was "made perfect through works."
Just as our muscles cannot grow by lifting the same weight over and over without increasing weight eventually, our spiritual strength cannot grow and we cannot grow as children of God without opposition from the adversity. Satan has a role in God's plan of salvation that is actually pretty important. "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things..." ( 2 Nephi 2:11)