While ive been here ive been ablt to strengthen my testimony of joseph smith and Christ. i know that christ lives and joseph smith restored his gosple. how could it not be true? No man would die for a book that he just made up. The book of mormon is an inspired book and joseph smiht gave all that he had, including his life, to trranslate it and make it available for us in this dispensation. I know the stories and testimonies written in it are true. christ truly love us. do you think he wanted to weep and suffer in the garden of gethsemane, then be betrayed, then brutally beaten, whipped, and spat on? He went through all of that for each and every one of us individually. Finally he was painfully nailed to a cross to suffer even more and left alone with a thorn plaited crown pressed into his head. With all the power that christ had he didnt have to go through any of that. He couldv e stopped it all with the snap of his fingers but he didnt. he didnt because he loves us too much and wants us to be able to live with him and heavenly father again. Alma 7:11 is a good scripture to read with that.
if any of you is doubting the truthfullness of the book of mormon or just want to know if it is true i extend the same invitation that moroni has extended to all those who read the book of mormon. ``and when ye shall recieve these things, i would exhort you that ye would ask god , the eternal father, in the name of christ, if these things are not true. and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart , with real intent having faith in christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the holy ghost. and by the power of the holy ghost, ye may know the truth of all things. I know that the BOM is the word of god and that joseph smith is a true prophet. I cant wait to go out and teach this message to brazilians in their native tongue. I have a testimony of the Father and Son's love for us, each and every one of us individually. They know you as a "one". They know your heartaches, concerns, your joy etc. In 3rd Nephi when Christ visits the America he invites all to feel the wound marks in his hands and feet and side. 3Nephi 17:25, "and the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that this record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number aboutr two thousand and five hundred soulds: and they did consist of men, women, and children.:..."and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth...." "and he took their little children, one by one and blesseed them and prayed unto the Father for them."
The prase "one by one" is repeated throughout these chapters and this shows how much Christ cares for us. He was willing to minister to all these people. Just imagine 2,500 people. He let them feel his wounds, he blessed all the children and those who wanted a blessing. It must have takena least a couple of minutes per person. If it were 2 minutes per person, that's 5,000 minutes. That's so many hours of serving and caringfr others. This just shows that Christ wants to help each and every one of us. He is there with open arms waiting for us to come to him.
I hope you all have a great week! Happy Birthday Dallin!
view from the temple grounds
Elder Mafi and I
A view from my bedroom
Elder Lloyd and I driving from the airport to the CTM (MTC)