Called to serve the Florida Orlando Mission

Called to serve the Florida Orlando Mission

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week #93 -- Importance Of Scripture Study

Hello Everybody!!!

Had so many awesome things happen this week.

First off had Zone Conference. We were blessed to be taught by our wonderful Mission President and his wife and also other missionaries in the mission. It was very uplifting and always feel rejuvenated and ready to work hard.

Throughout the meeting, the big focus was on finding people to teach. This has been a big focus in the mission and we're giving some wonderful guidance by President Clark. Talked about setting meaningful goals, praying, and having a lot of faith so we will be able to find those that the lord is preparing.

The sad part about being that the meeting was I didn't really know a lot of missionaries only a handful of them I really knew. #almost2monthsleft

Anyway, had a awesome lesson with an investigator and his family. Talked about the Plan Of Salvation, helping them realize that there is a purpose for being here in earth. He was asking so many great questions; we went through the scriptures and answered his questions, it was fantastic. The kids were participating a lot too. Finally at the end we had him say the prayer and he did it!!! Yes!!! It's so awesome to see this family grow.

We found a lady this past week. She has strong faith in Christ and also met with missionaries in the past. We called her and asked if we could come by and she said yes. So we went by and asked about how she got in contact with the missionaries, what her religious background is, etc.  She then told us that she has been reading through the Book of Mormon and she is in 3 Nephi 18!! What!!! She then told that she knows it's true too #miracle!! She does have some thing she will have to work through in order to be baptized which will be a challenge, but with the lords help anything is possible. Hopefully we will be able to set a baptismal date with her this week.

Another miracle Find was when we were seeing some members that haven't been to church in a while. They were busy so we had saw a guy just chilling outside and so went over to talk to him. He wasn't interested, but we asked if there was anyone he knew that would be. He told us the lady across the street would be. We went knocked on her door and was super open in talking with us. She isn't going to any particular church, but has been praying to know which church to go to and then we show up. We talked to her about the restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon. As we talked to her, she mentioned that her mom has a Book of Mormon and they live close by so we are hoping to have her parents come over as well and meet with us too.

Just recently, the Okeechobee branch was able to start a family history center. I have not done a lot of family history and neither has Elder Porter. We had extra time that day to stop in and learn how to do stuff on it so we could help our investigators do it too. As we were doing it there was some temple work for some of my relatives that need to be done and so I'm planing on taking a name to the temple the next time I can go which is very exciting cause I have only done it twice I think. I now understand why the general authorities say to do family history work cause it so important. It's so awesome cause you not only learn about the history of your family but you also gain a love for those ancestors.

At church on Sunday, we were able to have 6 investigators come!!!!! It was so awesome to have them come and the talks that were given were perfect. It was on the importance of scripture study. One of the speakers talked about the armor of God and how it protects us against Satan. She focused on the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit. The sword of the spirit is the word of god or the scriptures. She also explain how much power the scriptures have. When Jesus was tempted by Satan three time Christ used the scriptures to defend himself. The scriptures is what we have to fight back against Satan. The shield of faith is very strong too. Not only is it good to protect ourselves but all of us can combined our shields and make one big shield. To build each other up and strengthen ourselves together. She also shared an experience she had that tested her faith and she knew that she need to put her nose in the scriptures and study them as much as possible. She shared how she put sticky notes all over the place and on her mirrors of scripture references that she had read. Any place that she could find so she would read them. Such an amazing talk and has made me want to just burry myself more in the scriptures and learn from them.

This gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know it is and has blessed my life so much. As we just burry ourselves in the scriptures Satan will have no power over us and we will be victorious. I love you all and have a blessed week.

Elder Pearson
Florida Orlando Mission
10502 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837

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