Well this was one crazy week! We worked really hard, but, unfortunately, not a single investigator came to church with us this weekend! That's the first time I've had this happen in over 8 months! But it's all okay, because it was like a wake up call. We had grown complacent and weren't teaching as often with the members. All the elders in my district are excellent missionaries! So this week we have over 8 scheduled visits to investigators with members along! I also talked to the investigators about why they didn't come to church and it's okay. Felix is going to be baptized this Sunday, if all goes well.
This week I was really struck by the talk that President Uchtdorf gave in the Christmas Devotional. He told the story of how a man who couldn't walk was gifted a wheelchair, and the difference it made in his life. It teaches the importance of service. A Book of Mormon prophet, named King Benjamin, said: "When ye are in the service of your fellow man ye are only in the service of your God." I'd like to talk about this.
The point of this life is to give selfless service. Let me explain why. We are told in the book of Matthew by the Savior that we should be perfect, even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect. So if I want to be a good writer, what do I do? I write. If I want to be a good basketball player, I play basketball. But what does God do, that we can emulate, to become more like Him? We learn from another Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, that God does all things because He loves the world. Then in John He tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. Everything God does is for us. In other words, God spends His eternal life in service to us. Loving us every day, blessing us so that the sun does rise, so that the rain does fall, so that we have something to eat and to drink, giving us our families, everything. We often take it all for granted, but really everything we have is from Him. Furthermore, the Savior also said, "he that wants to be the greatest among you shall be your servant."
So how can we follow the divine comission of the Savior Jesus Christ, and love our fellow man, in perfection, like our Father? By giving heartfelt service, even as He did, every day of his life!!! In this Chirstmas season, I challenge each and every one of you to give heartfelt service to someone who really needs it, and watch how happy it makes you!
Miss you alll, have a great week,