Monday, June 20, 2016

Line upon line

Line upon line is the way God always has and always will teach His children.
Jardim Satelite District

"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts and lend an ear unto my council, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say we have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have;" --2 Nephi 28:30

One day in 7th grade, I decided I wanted to know for myself whether God was real and whether this was truly Jesus Christ's church. It is incredible to look back on the last 7 years and see how the constant effort I put forward has resulted in knowledge. That seed of faith that I planted has grown into a magnificent tree.

I keep reminding myself of this truth as I teach people the gospel, because they will learn the same way I did. Even if I explain everything in a way that seems clear to me, they will not be able to understand everything immediately. However, if they are diligent, line upon line their faith will grow, their lives with change, and they will gain this same knowledge that brings me so much joy. In the life to come, we will not suddenly understand everything, we will continue to learn in this manner until our knowledge is perfect like our Father's. Isn't the gospel beautiful?
São Jose

This week we received revelation line upon line to help this area. After 3 weeks of handing out cards in the streets and clapping outside of houses of former investigators, we realized the Lord had something else in store for this area. First, we realized the answer lies in the members. Then, a memory from years ago came to me of missionaries making Family Mission Plans, and I began to work with this idea with Sister G. Then, as we were explaining our ideas to our Ward Mission Leader and asking him for help, another memory came to my mind from Bellevue 6th ward--a youth activity.

"No stove, no water, but I'm happy with my panini maker!"
With these simple little ideas, we have created a plan to help the members be INVOLVED in this work, so that they will share the gospel with those who are ready! It starts out with a ward activity called Called to Serve. We will give a mission call to each member, telling them to report to the "MTC." There, we will give them name tags and the will board a plane, starting their journey to becoming missionaries. Then they will enter the MTC, and we will help them practice being a missionary so they will know what to say when they open their mouths and not have fear as they share the gospel in their their every day lives. The purpose of this activity is to get them EXCITED and realize that every member of Jesus Christs church has the privilege and obligation to share the gospel. At the end, we will invite them to write a list of people who don't have the gospel in their lives yet, and to later pray to know which ones the Lord has prepared already to receive it.

Part two of our plan is to go to their homes and help them make Family Mission Plans. On a more personal level we can specifically help them prepare to share with their friends. We will address their worries and practice doing it. This plan was given to us to specifically help those in our little ward, and I would have never thought this would be the answer, but its already taking off! And we  received this guidance line upon line because we were diligent in seeking His guidance. I AM SO EXCITED. I will keep you updated!

Sister Ludlam

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