First off, thank you so much for your letters and emails! I love them so much, and I learn from you all, and I love you all. I know that some have emailed me this week and haven't received a reply yet. Unfortunately, the way today worked out, I didn't have much time, but I will respond to you next week. :D
This week at the MTC has been even more packed with learning and growing. The gospel is like a math class. Every concept builds on the last one.
We had the opportunity of hearing from Hugo E Martinez of the Seventy last night, and he gave an amazing talk on his family's conversion, and how the missionaries are tools in the hands of the Lord.
Also, WE HAD OUR FIRST SNOW HERE IN PROVO! I must excuse myself, because I didn't take any pictures while it was still here, but it was so wonderful, and I am so grateful for this beautiful Earth that the Lord has given us to enjoy. (Hymn 86: How Great Thou Art)
Also, I would like to share the #LightTheWorld initiative with you all. #LightTheWorld is a challenge put out to the world by the church that helps us all come closer to Christ. If you haven't been doing it, IT'S NOT TOO LATE! I invite you all to go to LDS.org and look it up, and to commit to doing as many of the challenges on the calendar as you can. I have grown closer to the Lord in this MOST WONDERFUL OF CHRISTMAS SEASONS this year through it, and I've even learned more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His earthly ministry by doing the challenges and pondering their meaning implications.
Also, I had the opportunity this week to sing with 15 other missionaries at a luncheon for S. Gifford Nielsen of the Seventy, and it was quite an experience. I love the testimony of music, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to share it at the luncheon with Brother Nielsen and the MTC employees who were in attendance there.
The last thing I'll talk about is the most important part of this whole letter. More important than everything else, and that is what I've learned about faith in Jesus Christ this week.
This week, it was highly emphasized to me through the Holy Ghost the power of faith, and how everything else in the Gospel hinges on Faith.
I challenge you all to read the Book of Mormon and search for instances of faith, and you will be amazed by the examples you find of miracles wrought from faith and actions based on that faith.
One example in particular that taught me this principle this week is that I have been thinking and pondering on faith and what it has to do with my questions and how they can be answered through faith. As the week progressed, I saw all my answers revealed to me, and I know it was no coincidence.
I testify of the power of faith in our lives, and I challenge you all to act in faith in all you do. Remember Jesus Christ, and think of how you can not only have faith, but turn that faith into aciton. You will be amazed at the things that happen. And then, write those things down! They will be a testament to you, a scripture of sorts, that will lift you up in times of doubt and help to ease your burdens as you seek to focus on Christ and Become As He Is.
I testify of all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
P.S. A story to get you thinking, courtesy of my great friend this week. I love it...
"Once there was this great conference of turkeys. They were taught by the best and brightest of them all. They even learned to fly. They flew so high the were just specks in the sky! Amazing doesn't begin to describe the experience. When all the turkeys had landed and the conference adjourned. All the turkeys walked home.
What's the moral of the story?