|Posted on December 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM|
Hey y'all! This was one of the most spiritual weeks in the mission for me.
First of all, Elder Rasband, of the Quorum of 12 Apostles, visited the mission, along with Elder Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Borne, an area authority. First things first, they shook all of our hands. He told us there that the day before he had met with President Monson, and shook his hand too, so we were really a handshake away from the Prophet. Now that's pretty cool.
He told us that when he was a mission president in New York, after a while the mission wasn't having a lot of success, and the missionaries weren't very obedient. His wife suggested to him that rather than be more strict or constantly preach obedience, that they focus on Christ. He said that as they did, specifically encouraging missionaries to study about Christ, that things changed. Missionaries were obedient, and loved the Savior, and worked hard. They knew they came on their missions to serve Jesus Christ.
His main counsel to us was to come to know Christ. He said if you come to know Christ, you'll love Him and want to serve Him. So the secret to missionary work is to come to know Christ personally. And that's a lot more than just knowing about him. It was a great experience and we received excellent counsel.
And then last night we got to go downtown with our investigator, Kevin, and his family to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. My favorite talk was from President Eyring. His message on peace was excellent. I'd recommend you listen if haven't already.
This next week, we'll have a baptism and our ward Christmas party. So we're very excited. Anyways y'all, have a good one! Remember Jesus Christ in this Christmas season. I love you all!
Elder Braeden Sandoval