Monday, August 25, 2014

So one of my favorite talks right now is by Jonathan G. Sanberg, Healing = Courage + Action + Grace. So why am I writing about this talk? Because I read a story this week about two missionaries in Brazil. They went to go and visit their recent convert who was ill. The home was filled with family members and one brother who wasn't a member. As he walked in and saw the two missionaries he wasn't very happy to see them, he was a pastor for another church. He began to argue and attack them as they shared their message and asked them if they had ever healed anyone, they said that they believed in physical healing and they tried to explain the priesthood. This man opened his book and he had a list of people he had healed. Then the spirit told them to talk about the people they've been able to heal, spiritually. As they told him this the tension in the room left and they were able to share their message. Reading that story reminded me that we spiritually heal people. And the healing of the spirit is far more greater than physical healing. Spiritual healing allows us to not just progress in this life, but also in the life to come. Spiritual healing allows us to heal those around us and those whom come after us. And this talk by Brother Sanberg reminds us that healing isn't an over night thing it takes courage, action and the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I just can't help but think about the people here that I have met, whom I have been able to be an instrument in the Lord's hands to help heal them. Yes it has taken lots of time, prayer and scripture study, but as I have said so many times, people can change. 
This week our investigator was having a hard time, everyone was attacking her about joining the church. So we sent her a scripture, it's D&C 9:8-9. After we sent her this scripture she texts us back saying that today her friend told her that she should read a book that is true and after she read this scripture she thought how could this book not be true when it is describing all the feelings that I am having! She told us that she was solid that this was the right thing for her and she will be getting baptized September 13th! :) After we got that text we pulled over and said a prayer of thanks. And if we didn't get that text at that time we would've hit a deer. That is what I call tender mercies!

Well that's it for this week, most of these pictures are from last week. And transfers are on Wednesday! They are splitting the stake and were getting elders! So we'll see if I'm still here!

Love you all!!!

Sister Swain

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