The mission: to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.
The mission is worth everything.
There are bad days, rude people, awful weather, endless streets, aches and pains, immature elders, difficult companions, non-progressing investigators, enough doubts, uncooperative members.
There are never better days of miracles, sincere people truly searching, days of never-ending sunshine, that first door letting you in, rushes of energy, amazing elders, wonderful companions, golden investigators, absolute surety, and the best saints the church has ever seen!!
And with all the latter, the former just doesn't matter. It won't be what you'll remember when all is said and done. So waste no time or focus with it. Rise up and make your mission.
Yesterday was such the incredible Sunday. We had numerous in-actives that we've been working with at church. It is such a blessing seeing that they are coming back. It's just as satisfying seeing souls coming back to Christ as coming unto Christ.
Marc is getting baptized on 13 March (wonderful day, that...happens to be my birthday). What a golden he is. I've never seen anyone so excited about the gospel as Marc. Zuster Ekstrom and I call him our "dry mix." We just need to add the water. ;)
Zuster Ekstrom and I had an incredible dinner/lesson with Familie Zwaan on Saturday evening. I adore this family! It's been such a privilege to have seen Kim's progression of faith and willingness to accept the gospel from the beginning. (Have I said enough that she's the light of my mission?)
Veel liefs uit Amsterdam.
I love you all and hope you're experiencing much joy!
We certainly are over here! :)
(Hand Tatoos with Tara)