I had a good experience this week when I was on exchanges with one of my house mates, Elder Gacoscos. He is pretty far along on his mission. He has been out for more than a year and a half and I learned so much from him! He is incredibly fluent in…. THE SCRIPTURES. Yeah, it was truly amazing to see and listen to him teach with the pure doctrine from the scriptures. If somebody had a question, he could solve it immediately by pulling out the correct piece of paper in his internal library of scriptures. I was amazed. I decided for myself that I would try harder to delve in to the scriptures in my studies.
I’ve started to begin my studies with a question or concern of an investigator or of a common conception of God or doctrine. Using the King James Bible I look up the term or terms that are centered on that issue. I’ve learned about some pretty interesting links between the Book of Mormon and the Bible. It’s getting fun to learn about that kind of stuff and I encourage all future missionaries back home to do it! It’s helping a lot.
As well as finding evidences of truth, as we read the scriptures we feel the truth. If we are really searching and looking for something we can be lead to the answer and it will mean more to us. We will be able to remember the things that we have learned and when a trial or question comes up in our life, we have a storage that we can draw from, a water that we can drink of and never thirst.
We have thunder and lightning almost every night here! It’s my favorite. It’s awesome to be walking down the street and see these HUGE clouds coming toward us. I guess it floods really bad where we are assigned to work, so I’m not sure what will happen when we get a big rain storm. But we’ll find out I guess! haha.
Keep Keepin’ On! Find the happiness and joys in life. If we focus too much on the negatives, that’s what we become. Be a positive influence in the lives of others!
Elder Hunter Burbidge