Let us open our minds and pray for softened hearts that we might . . .

Dear Family and Friends,

Wednesday, March 23:
Was awesome! We were able to go out for the first time this transfer for a full day of street contacting, and it was so amazing! We were out from probably 12 until 8 talking to people about the Gospel, and meeting some amazing people!

Thursday, March 24:
We just had our studies in the building, so that we could help install the new microphone in the chapel! It is cool to see the new change in the building. After that we went out and contacted for about an hour, until we were able to meet with President Z. for a meeting, and then we ran over and had a lesson with a new investigator M.! It was cool our lesson literally went like this:
Me:”M. our purpose here as missionaries is to help people prepare for baptism to build a relationship with the Heavenly Father. Will you work towards baptism with us?”
Him:”Yea, I think it is something I need in my life.”
Me:”In your preparation, it will require you to change.”
Him:”Will it be hard?”
Me:”Yes, but I promise God will help you.”
Him:”Alright, I am in.”
It was so AWESOME! After that we went to game the night with the members, and had a great time.
Friday, March 25:
We did our studies in the morning , and then we went and got lunch for a member we went and visited at work. Then we went and met up with the other Elders and we went to the park and did a chalk display, about “Straight is the Path, and Narrow is the Way” and based it on families. It was cool to see all the people stopping to look at it. And then we ended our day with a lesson with E., which went splendidly as always. She is the greatest! And super prepared!
Saturday, March 26:
We went as a District service tracting in an attempt to try and find people in a new way, and it went great! Then we had weekly planning, followed by some finding. And to end the day, we had another lesson with E. about The Savior and why his resurrection is possible.
Sunday, March 27: We had church, which went great as always! Then we had a Easter Celebration after church. We then traveled to Prostejov for lunch with a member family and had a wonderful experience getting to know them a little better. After which we came back to Olomouc to have Easter Dinner with the Bowen’s.
Today, March 28:
We did some of the Easter traditions with the members, like whipping, eggs, and lamb cake. So that was a blast. We ran all over Olomouc (literally), and visited members the rest of the day.
So yea it was a pretty great week!
Spiritual thought this week comes from 1 Nephi 2. Here ya go!

9 And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!

10 And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord!

11 Now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman and Lemuel; for behold they did murmur in many things against their father, because he was a visionary man, and had led them out of the land of Jerusalem, to leave the land of their inheritance, and their gold, and their silver, and their precious things, to perish in the wilderness. And this they said he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart.

12 And thus Laman and Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.

13 Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed according to the words of the prophets. And they were like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem, who sought to take away the life of my father.

14 And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. And he did confound them, that they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them.

15 And my father dwelt in a tent.

16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.

So a quick explanation, Laman and Lemuel had a prophet confound them in the words. Lehi testified with the power of God, and it shook them to their cores. Nonetheless, we know that despite this and other marvelous divine encounters, they were never converted. On the other hand, Lehi went and “Dwelt in his tent” and Nephi was left to his own devices. He heard these words he took them unto the Lord in prayer. He opened his heart. As a result, he received a rock solid testimony that has been example to all for centuries. Now, my thought is this, Nephi’s conversion never came because a divine intervention our a miraculous event, but rather from the opening of his heart.
No one will ever be converted because of outside events, they will never receive spiritual answers, if their hearts are hard. Literally the “Powers of Heaven” could not change them. However, when a person opens their heart, miracles happen, and the Spirit of the Lord can feel them and  change their lives. So, let us open our minds and pray for softened hearts that we might, like Nephi receive a testimony that will last the ages. I know that it is possible for all who will try, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Happy Easter,
and Happy Days,
Starší Page

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