April 8, 2013

Finding Faith in Christ

Yesterday was amazing! We had to go to about 4 wards and I had a headache all day. We were doing splits at 5:00 and I was stressing out about the lesson since she speaks a different language. I prayed that the spirit would teach her. As we were rushing out of the institute building at 5:15 I had an impression to grab one of our "Finding Faith in Christ" DVD's and put it in my bag. I got to the lesson and it was a rough start but we had the opening prayer and my headache started going away. I asked a few questions and asked how her Book of Mormon reading was. The translator was there and helped a ton. Then I had an impression to show the DVD---even though it did not seem to go with what we were talking about. I decided that I must follow the prompting. We put it on and had it play in her language (I can't spell the name of the language other than they speak it in Brazil). At the end I looked at Alline and she had tears running down her face. I asked her what stood out to her from the video. She said, "I know and see it now. He really does love me. I never really knew how he died or suffered for us...but I do now." Tears continued to flow down her face. I had the members share their testimony of Christ and then I added my witness of the power and divinity of Christ. I then shared some of my personal experiences of feeling God's love and finding answers through the Book of Mormon and Priesthood blessings. The experiences I shared were about getting my 2nd implant and how I knew that I needed to get the surgery even when everything else seemed to say otherwise. At the end everyone was in tears and Alline looked at me and said "Thank you for sharing that." I then responded, "No, Thank You!" She then said the closing prayer in her language and the spirit was so strong and the translator member looked at me and said, "It was amazing!" She said she wants to be baptized on April 20th!  During the whole lesson my headache was gone but a few minutes after I got out of the lesson it came back.                     
All day I was struggling to understand and hear everything everyone was saying. But, like the story in the Ensign, "A sign from Mosetta", I learned that it is okay if I don't hear everything. All my life I don't think I ever really accepted the fact that I am deaf and that I may not hear everything until yesterday. After that lesson my implants were acting funny and some sounds were not sounding right....but somewhere during that lesson/video I fully accepted the fact that I may not understand everything like Alline and that everything will be okay. So when that issue arose I simply pulled some more faith out of my bag and kept going. During one of our wards I could not take it any longer and so I just turned my left implant off and turned my right implant volume on really low...and I just listened with my heart. I learned so much during that hour.        
I have a huge testimony of the power of the Holy Ghost and how it can bless our lives in so many ways. I know that this is Christ's church. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ and we can find answers to the questions of the soul through the Book of Mormon. I know that families can be together forever and no matter how far apart we all may be our hearts are always knitted together, just as you said in your letter. This is a Gospel of Transformation and we can become more and more like our Savior Jesus Christ through living the principles of the gospel each and every day.