Monday, February 22, 2016

An Atheist Changed...

Davs! (Howdy)

I hope everyone had a great week this week was pretty solid. It started off pretty slow, but it wound up being pretty good. We had a lot of appointments fall through this week, so that was disappointing, but we ended up making those up with other people, and that was more worth our time because one of those happened to commit to being baptized! His name is Ammar. It was quite the crazy story. He comes from Syria with an Athiest background so he doesn't believe in anything. He's always wanted evidence, so we spoke to him about the spirit and the evidence the Spirit gives us. We told him that this comes through prayer and acts of faith. So, we invited him to pray and he said no because he doesn't believe in God. So we told him that it's an act of faith. We'll never know there's a God if we don't find out through prayer. The first time someone prays, they never really know what they're getting themselves into. So I offered to say a prayer after teaching him, so that he had an example to follow, then he would offer a prayer. So I did so, then he did. Long story short, he felt the Spirit and immdiately knew there was a God and that he loved him. I would compare it to King Lamoni's experience! I was pretty blown away and had no idea God could change someone that quickly. That's proof that miracles have not ceased in the current day. 

This week, our district did a district activity, so we went to Scandinavia's oldest city, Ribe. It's about 30 minutes away by train from Esbjerg and it's in our area, so it worked out well. We visited Scandinavia's oldest church, Ribe Domkirken and went on top of the tower. It was beautiful. I'll attatch a couple pics from that. It was a beautiful day too. 

This week, I found a scripture in the Book of Mormon in the Book of Mormon (confusing). But it reads in Mormon 9:31, "Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been." Moroni was talking about the imperfections he had as he was writing the Book of Mormon because he was writing in a language that wasn't commonly used. But these things can be applied today. We shouldn't condemn people because of their faults and weaknesses. We all have them, we're all poor in something. We shouldn't judge, call names, wahtever, because we can't help being weak. I'm definitely not one to look up to for this, but it's a lesson we can all learn. God gives us weaknesses and imperfections so we can grow. We should be thankful for them rather than be insecure about them. We all try to be better and be more perfect! We should all try to be less critical and work on those things we're already weak in so we can become stronger. 

I love you all, and have a great week! :) I miss you all too! :)

Ældste Taylor Howes


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