Saturday was 4hr finding, and we had planned to go out to a little village that isn't even in the map book. There was someone that we needed to visit, and we had to ask for directions on how to get there. On the way, we stopped a man to share the Gospel with him, and he told us 'I've just spoken to your people, they've just knocked all the doors on the estate' and walked off. Well it definitely wasn't 'our people' cos we are the ones that do the knocking... you can guess who it was... the Jehovah Witnesses! So we questioned if knocking the doors there was the right thing to do after they had just been knocked, but we felt good about it and did it anyway. I'm so glad that we did because we found Andrew! He was sitting in his garden and we started up a conversation with him. he was super friendly and we talked to him about families and how the gospel can bless our families... so while we were teaching Andrew, the JWs all come back to their cars which were parked in front of his house! And they were watching us as we prayed with him! It was a bit intimidating, but hey! The church is true haha!
We got to attend stake conference on Saturday night and Sunday morning. It was wonderful! I was spiritually uplifted and strengthened, and learnt so much! There's a lot of things I would love to share with you, but I only have time to share a couple.
One of the speakers talked about the story in John chapter 9 where the Saviour healed the blind man by rubbing some dirt in his eyes and then instructing him to go and wash them. As he washed his eyes, he was able to see.
What we learn from this story is that each of us need to 'go and wash that we might see' Every day we sin. Each day we don't repent, this sin builds up and makes our vision less clear. When we repent the dirt is cleared from our eyes and we can see things the way God sees them.
I know this to be true because I was able to experience it this week. The atonement is real. Each of us have access to its amazing power if we just turn to the Lord and cast our burdens upon him. That is why he died for us! He has given us this precious gift and we need to use it everyday so that we can align our will with his and see things the way he sees them.
Elder Olsen from the 70 shared a story about a young child that when her little sister was born kept asking her parents if she could be alone with her sister. The parents didn't think it was a good idea, but the child kept asking. So the parents agreed, making sure that everything was safe, and setting up a camera to watch. When the little girl was alone with her sister she whispered to her "Tell me about God, I am forgetting." My eyes swelled up with tears as he told us this. It is so true! Little children are so close to God! they literally just came from his presence. The way that I can say I KNOW this, is because of how I FEEL. My heart is full. This gospel is true. I love it. I hope that what I have shared with you has helped you if even only a tiny bit. More than anything, I want people to have the joy that I have found. What good is it to have these feelings if you don't share them with others. I encourage each of you to share your joy with those around you. You can change someone's life!
Have a great week,
xoxo Sister Riley