I love how the scriptures mention so often that the Lord's people will be delivered. It made me think a bit as to what I feel it means to be considered one worthy to entire Zion, or to become grafted into the tribe of Israel. This week, I was reading a lot of the Isaiah chapters in 2nd Nephi, and when reading them in German, it makes certain things stand out that one might skip over incidentally when reading in English. For me, there was a specific phrase that really stood out that appears fairly often (2 Nephi 15:25 20:4): "For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still." I thought about what it could mean, and I was able to find a pretty cool answer... Instead of the word "anger", think "judgment", and instead of the word "hand", think "mercy".(“For all this his [judgment] is not turned away, but his [mercy] is stretched out still.”) It was a pretty fun thing to find and notice how through Christ we are able to fulfill both of those aspects and demands- justice and mercy.
This week was a lot better for us than the last. We still have not made any contact with the man who was looking into the church, but we are trying to work through his girlfriend to see if we can find a way to make contact again. But I am sure that things will work out fine and that God will ensure that what is best for him will happen.
We were able to get one of our main investigators, Gilbert, on a baptismal date for the 19th of October. His only problem was that he was not able to come to church on Sundays due to his work. We all fasted and prayed for him, and then 2 weeks later he was able to find a job that had better hours and that doesn't require him to work on Sundays. I know that the Lord answer questions and that he love us! He is excited for his date. We would do it sooner since he is totally ready, but we have General Conference followed by Stake Conference, so we will not be able to confirm him for another 3 weeks.
The work is moving forward in the Ward here. We are working a lot with the members and exhorting them to open their mouths and to Preach the Gospel to those that they know. The ward is moving forward a bit, and so we are hoping to see a bigger love for the work very soon here. The ward just saw three baptisms and are going to be seeing one more in a few weeks, so now is our perfect time to make sure that the are on board. The members are really great here.
Remember to write down questions and for General Conference. I know that if you do, you will be able to find answers to any concern that you have for the Lord as you are listening to His prophets speak. This week, we asked a nonmember on the street what he would ask a prophet if he could speak with one. Think about that same question yourself, and listen to General Conference this weekend with that question in mind.
I love you all and wish you the best for this week!
- Elder Eric Gibson
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage