To whoever is making this whole mission thing fly by so stinking fast, can you please slow it down?! Ahh this week was AMAZING. Can’t put it into words. But y’all are reading this so I’ll give words a fair chance to try to show you how beyond incredible this week was.
Oh but first today has already been super awesome. We did a flash mob with several missionaries and members of the Britannia ward. We went on the tube and rode an entire line with all of us reading the Book of Mormon. It was pretty cool & we got a lot of looks! Then Sister Teng and I went to Westminster Abbey & because we are “clergy” we got in for free.
One special part was when he shared that one day he just noticed that he wanted to finally make a commitment to follow God. That’s when we met him, and he fell in love with Mosiah 18:10. “Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?”
Jason thought, “I have the desire in my heart so why don’t I do this?” And so he did. And he’s been such a light and blessing to everyone he’s met. I am so grateful to know this man. He’s strengthened my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and obedience to the Lord’s commandments. Just wow. I wish you each had the pleasure of knowing Jason Gray.
On Sunday he was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. It was also fast and testimony meeting, because of General Conference last Sunday. Every person who choose to speak shared their love for Jason and how inspiring his baptism was. One woman mentioned how she’s been reflecting on Jason’s expression as he came out of the water. She said that we can enjoy that same feeling every single week as we partake of the sacrament. How blessed we are that we can experience that joy and refreshing cleanliness each week, all because of Jesus Christ. What a beautiful weekend it was!
OK so you thought Jason was awesome? Now you gotta meet Maya. Maya is the absolute most amazing seventeen-year-old I have ever met. A few days ago an Elder met Maya and invited her to come to the Visitors’ Centre. Well, she did! And I was blessed to show her around the Visitors’ Centre. That hour has forever, and I mean it, changed me.
Maya said how she has always grown up going to church but was searching for something more. She grabbed a Book of Mormon off the shelf and said, “And this is it.” We had a moving conversation about the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and planned to meet again. Before she left, she said, “So can I buy this Book of Mormon from you?” Oh Maya…best gift we could ever give her & she just couldn’t accept that we would just give it to her for free! I texted her later that evening and she said, “I have never felt so happy and content in my life!” Ah but just you wait Maya because then Saturday came.
We had planned to teach Maya about the Plan of Salvation, but she came quite early as we were in a meeting, and so we changed our plans and showed her the entire 70 minute film of the Restoration. We were able to join her for the very ending. The film ended, the room was dark, and we all sat there in silence for a solid 30 seconds. Maya then turned to me and said, “I need those tissues.” We were all crying like a bunch of babies.
She then exclaimed, “I want to join. I want to join now. I know it won’t be easy and many trials may come before I get there. But I don’t care. This is what I’ve been searching for. I am that one who has been looking for truth but haven’t known where to find it. But now I’ve found it and I want to join!”
How much faith this girl already has! She said trials will come because of her family situation. They aren’t the most welcoming and so she cannot tell them of her desire to learn about the church. But she said she believes her mother’s heart can be softened. But if not now, she’s already determined that when she moves out to uni (aka college for you Americans) next year, she will then be able to get baptised. Because she couldn’t come to church on Sunday, she spent the day listening to Mormon channel, studying, and oh she’s already finished all of 1 Nephi. I have never seen someone seeking for truth and wanting to pursue what she has found quite like Maya. She treats her new found knowledge like the most precious gift, and it truly is.
PS mom & dad, if Maya doesn’t get baptized by October, start booking flights back to London next summer please!!! But for now please pray that her mum’s heart will be softened 🙂
He is our kind, wise heavenly friend. He lives and loves us to the end. He lives to guide us, to comfort us when faint, to hear our souls complaint, to silence our fears, wipe away our tears, and calm our troubled heart. Oh sweet the joy this sentence gives: “I know that my redeemer lives!”
I hope you have all enjoyed the #PRINCEofPEACE video on Mormon.org (if you haven’t quite yet, go watch it now!) I just wanted to share a brief message as we are in the Holy Week.
Briefly there is a phrase mentioned by Pilate that isn’t always noticed. In Matthew 27:22 he asks, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” He asks again in Mark 15:12- “What will ye then that I shall do?”
This Easter season, I want to invite you to ask yourself, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” What will you do to remember His Atonement and what He has done for you personally?
I would invite you to do more than just come to church. Come unto Him. Don’t just come to a building. Come unto the Savior. Take Omni’s counsel to heart: “And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved” (Omni 1:26).
What shall you do then with Jesus which is called Christ? Offer your whole souls. Continue in fasting and praying. Endure to the end. Come unto Him! Throughout the Bible & Book of Mormon, the Savior invites us 65 times to come unto Him.
He invites all to come unto him and partake of His goodness (2 Nephi 26:33). He asks us to come unto Him so He can give us rest (Matthew 11:28). He invites all of us that are afflicted in any manner to come hither and He will heal us, for He has compassion upon us. (3 Nephi 17:7). He reminds us to repent and come unto Him, for His arm is lengthened out all the day long (2 Nephi 28:32). His arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will He receive; and blessed are those who come unto Him (3 Nephi 9:14).
I am so grateful for the Savior’s merciful Atonement. It’s easy for us to get into the commercialised spirit of Christmas but there would be no Christmas if there had been no Easter. Do not let the most wonderful holiday pass by, or only spend an hour or two in a pew to remember the true meaning of Easter. Ask yourself more what you can do. He gives you a simple answer- come unto Him!
Each day I wonder what I can do a little more with Jesus which is called Christ. He is with us. He loves us. He knows us and He simply asks us to come unto Him. So, what shall you do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
Sister Fuhriman 🙂