Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October 6, 2008

We have been able to have some pretty good lessons this week with our investigators. There have been some that have been so powerful that we have shed the tears of joy and peace that come with this great gospel. We have talked to a couple who need to get married before they can get baptized. She has been struggling with the decision because she has a scholarship through her dad who was in the coast guard. Along with that she will lose it and the insurance benefits that she has. We have seen so much of a change that she prays that those will not be in her way anymore to be baptized. I think within the next couple weeks she might give up those two things and get married so they can be baptized. She has truly been humbled by the lord and expressed through tears at how bad she wants to talk to the bishop even though she is scared and wants to be baptized. I know that her boyfriend feels the same way but he is a very quite and shy guy. We have also been talking to a lady who told us she had no purpose in life. As we have talked to her for two weeks she has now looked us in our eyes and has such a beautiful smile that is now being revealed. She too has had many struggles in her life but the great thing about her is she truly reads and is wanting to learn. We have set up a Baptismal date with her. I have been able to see that peace, joy, and happiness that our gospel has brought to her. When I was sitting at conference these past two days I have truly pondered on everything. I have wondered about the conferences that I have not listened to and how much I could of truly changed in those qualities of which have been asked. I feel as if the most powerful message was given Saturday afternoon when Jeffrey R. Holland gave his remarks. That story touched me so strongly and as I still ponder upon it day by day I know of those angles who have truly helped me change in life. If it wasn't for the strong support of my mother and father I truly don't know where I would be. Just the talks that I can say that we have had make such the impact on my life and have truly changed me. I can remember when I entered the MTC. That I found 2 letters in one of my bags. As I pondered on all that my mom had wrote in hers I could truly feel part of the pain, of much that I have caused her and also the joys of which we have brought each other. When I read my dad and he expressed in scriptures relating of how proud he was of me I truly felt that love and strength that he has given me through the years. As I pondered over those messages that night and as I continue to read them I am brought to many tears. I know the counsel that if we continue our family prayers that we will be brought in more closer Unity with our families. I know that if we make those changes in our life as expressed in many of the talks that we will grow and gain experience and increase our faith in our Heavenly Father and our Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that through giving our thanks for what we have and what the lord has helped us accomplish we can receive those personal revelations. I just want to let everyone know that I can feel the Support and Love that has been here with me through the tough and perilous time but I know that with my service that my friends and family are blessed continually through the power of the Lord.

I love each and every one of You

Elder Regan Hansen

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