Thursday, October 24, 2013

Week of October 22nd

This week has been great. Elder Roe and I were able to see more success than in the last few weeks. We were able to have one really cool experience in particular. There is a less-active guy named Aaron we're working with who hasn't been to church in I don't even know how long. It's been years for sure. We visited Aaron with some members of the Elder's Quorum presidency when we went on a weekly split with them. Usually Aaron was a nice guy but wasn't too interested in coming back to church. This time, on the other hand, Aaron seemed different. He was not hesitant or defensive when it came to church, in fact this time he brought church attendance up. He said that he wants to come back to church but he doesn't want to go alone and he feels like it's too late and he's already disappointed God. I did my best to tell him that we would love to see him at church and that we would gladly wait for him and go into church with him. Also I tried my best to testify to him from my heart that it is never too late to go back to church and that Heavenly Father will never be disappointed in us if we make mistakes. I told him that Heavenly Father will always welcome his children back into the fold if they are willing.
I'm so glad that I'm able to make a positive impact in people's lives. I think back to all the times that others have impacted me and I can't help but want to do the same for others. I know I'm doing the Lord's work and I know that it needs to be done because there are people who need to hear this gospel. It's up to me to do my best to help them receive it.
I love you all and I'm so grateful to be able to be out here.
Elder Sanderson