Alrighttttttttt so this week had some developments!!! Yay for developments!! For example, a girl we talked to the other day about English class came and brought two friends!!! YEAHHHH. English class is actually one of the best converting methods that we have in this mission and a lot of the recent converts in the branch have been from it. SO, good thing only. Our investigator Bryan is still doing well and going strong, in fact he actually said recently that he would come to church every week no matter what until the day he dies. He will also bring his family when they come to Italy! This I believe, because he has done it since we met him.
Ok, so that’s about all the developments hahaha, but we were stoked because last week was super rough. We only got 3 lessons as opposed to our usual 6-8, so we were pretty happy when this week started looking up!!
Cultural Bit: AFRICAN CULTURE TIME!!!! So, a very famous African meal, that is eaten very often by the people, is what is called fufu. Basically, it is uncooked dough dipped in hot sauce. Tahdah!!! It is famous for making missionaries sick, puke, and other effects, but I have still not had it, yet. For some weird reason though, the Anziani of Busto Arisizio, in our district, decided to make some. They continue to confuse me.
Spiritual Bit: If one were to take a serious study into any one gospel doctrine or principle, it would be found that the heart of that principle is love. Always. It can always be tied back to love. Why do we keep the commandments? Because we love God. Why do we abstain from harmful or inebriating substances? Because we want to show God we love and appreciate his gift of our bodies by taking care of them, amongmany other reasons, that all tie in to love for God.
As I have stated many times, a loving relationship must be construed upon the principles of giving and receiving, where both parties are participating in both acts. Giving, or sacrificing something for another is a critical part to loving, and truly is the vehicle behind the action.
When we make sacred covenants such as baptism with God, what do we do? We promise to sacrifice and give for Him, and He in turn promises to give something back. You officially establish a firm relationship with the Father. For those who don’t know what a covenant is, it is a sacred and binding promise between two parties, but most often between man and God. In order to show God we truly love Him, and create a real relationship with him, it must be done on the terms of a holy covenant performed by His sacred priesthood. Of course we can show God we love Him every day through our actions, and Him to us through blessings, but the only way to create a binding and eternal relationship with Him is through the covenants He has commanded us to make.
It is no coincidence that Jesus said in John 3:5 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” In order to receive the blessing of sharing eternity in the Father’s kingdom with Him, and enjoy a lasting and binding relationship, we must make the sacrifice, show our love, and create the relationship through the means He gave us: covenants.
Now, in most of these spiritual thoughts, I have stated fairly general lessons that can be applied to practically any Christian religion or belief. Today, I do differently, and today I will proclaim boldly will all the assurance of my heart, being, and soul what I know to be true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only church on the face of the planet that has been given the authority of God, The Eternal Father, to procure and officiate the ordinances of salvation required to make covenants and save us at the last day. Small truths have been spread and given to many creeds and beliefs, but this church is the only one that holds the fullness of the gospel and the power to complete here on this earth the divine mission that we were destined to fulfill. I proclaim this with my promise that any and all who desire to know, learn, and feel of this truth can and will if they learn about it and ask God in the name of Christ if it be true. I know because I have done it. I cannot deny it. I boldly declare this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.