Well this has been a pretty good week! The beginning of the week started out pretty slow, but the end of the week was great! On Thursday we got to go down to Saskatoon for a specialized training, our whole zone was there, and the other Saskatoon zone was there, President and Sister Thomas were there too. We learned a lot about how to work with members, and how to teach better and all that good stuff! It was a great training. I learned so much from it! Then on Friday we were able to teach an investigator named James. We did a whole bunch of service for him last week, and this week he let us come teach him. We were able to set a baptismal date with him for October 11th. He has a lot of work to do before then . . . he has to get married!!! haha. He is super solid though and his girlfriend is a less active so it shouldn't too big of a deal!
This weekend we also had stake conference. It was so good it was all about the temple, family history work, and doing missionary work! The talks were so good, they definitely inspired me! This week I realized how important the members are to missionary work! Before I came out on my mission I never knew or understood how important member missionary work is. Members are the key to missionary work. In our mission they took away tracting and now the most productive way for us to do missionary work is through the members. It is so important to remember that everyone of us is a missionary! So many people think that you are only a missionary when you were a name tag, That is not true! I was reading yesterday in 2 Nephi 26: 22-33. I love these verses, I love how it states that the gospel is for everyone, no one is denied and in verse 27 it says that we are commanded to persuade people to repent. It is our job to help everyone we know receive the gospel. I also love verse 30-31 if we truly have charity and love for others we will want them to receive the gospel! We all have a duty to help those around us receive the gospel. I know its hard and before my mission I was probably one of the worst member missionaries. Looking back I had so many opportunities to share my beliefs with those around me but I never did. I always thought it was too hard or too scary and I always thought that was a missionary's job to share the gospel. Now I realize that its all of our jobs to share the gospel and I realize now that its really not that hard. We just have to have a gospel conversation, or use Mormon words like family home evening or priesthood or church, anything that will spark peoples interest and then we can talk about the gospel! There are so many ways to share the gospel, if members are willing to work and share the gospel, the work will move forward at such a fast rate!
I am so grateful for the gospel. I know that each of us has a sacred responsibility to share this Gospel with others. As you help to move the work along your lives will be so blessed, you will see so many miracles, and your testimony will grow! Remember its not just missionaries who share the gospel, its members too! I love this Church and I'm so grateful that I get to share this gospel with all of those around me! Thank you all for your support, I hope to hear from you all soon. Love you all!
I challenge you all to go out and share the gospel with all of those around you, you will be blessed and so will they!
Love Elder Farnsworth