The people that we are teaching here in the Alpine area are great; we have a big goal of expanding our teaching pool this week to just about double what it is now. Finding those to teach is a great challenge, and it will require a lot of diligence and hard work, but I know that as we do so and we exercise our faith and put in that hard work and diligently seek to find those who are prepared to hear the gospel, we will be able to achieve our goals, because I know that where there is true faith, there are miracles. As for the work itself, I am really enjoying it, there are a few slow days here and there but as mom counseled me, i will not let discouragement into this work. But an experience that we had teaching this week was with a man named Louis. His wife was baptized a little over a month ago and he has began asking questions so we are teaching him about this gospel. As we were teaching this week, the questions that he asked showed us that he is truly investigating the church, he wants to know the truth for himself, and that is a miracle in and of itself. We testified of the Book of Mormon and the witness that he can receive for himself if he truly reads, ponders and prays about this gospel. Among others that we are currently teaching is Kevin. He has such a strong testimony and attends church and loves every aspect of this gospel, but has to wait to be baptized. No, there have been no baptisms yet, but we are working as hard as we possibly can to find, teach, and invite all into the fold.
Side note for mom, you know how you love one clear voice? Elder Perry's mom is in that group, she actually sings the song Mother's Prayer. Just thought I would let you know, I think that's a pretty cool tidbit of information.
I know with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is true and that it is the word of God. In Moroni 9:25 Mormon gives his testimony of Christ and shares some amazing counsel, he says "be faithful in Christ. . .may Christ lift thee up, may His sufferings and death, the showing of His body unto our fathers and His mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever". Let us all remember Christ and truly strive to put our trust in Him and let Him lift us up. May He rest in our minds forever? This ties into my TOTW which comes from a High Councilman out here and it is that Adversity is a fact of life, it happens to everyone, it's how we deal with it, with the Lord's help, we can learn and grow from each of these experiences. None of us are exempt from adversity; it is part of our Heavenly Father's plan. Adversity requires patience. As we remember Christ and what He did for us voluntarily, and turn to Him, He can lift us up. D&C 24:8 and Alma 36:3.
I love you all dearly and I love this gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and I know that Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and restored His church upon the earth. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, your son,
Elder Aaron Jordan Lloyd