Monday, July 4, 2016

I Know...with a video

This is us and our LMA (ward leader) working on Called to Serve

I had a very beautiful and slightly painful experience on Saturday night. We FINALLY, after 2 weeks of trying, found "Silvia". The plan was to walk in, explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ, invite her to be baptized again, and then talk about how to help her and her esposo get married. It didn't go as planned. I have never felt confounded or so lost and frustrated in a lesson, I just wanted to cry.

They said "we know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and Joseph Smith was a prophet, but we are Catholic and we are going to die Catholic. We are so proud of you for preaching of Jesus Christ and bringing people to Him, but all things good lead to Him."

I guess Sister Gines had heard that one too many times in the last 16 months, and after a really hard fruitless transfer, she bore the most powerful testimony that changed my life forever. It has been the most powerful experience I have had on my mission so far. She was so bold and told them EXACTLY what Christ would have said had He been standing before them. She become so overcome with emotion she couldn't speak, and of course I was crying too. "Silvia" said "Oh love, don't cry! I didn't mean to make you sad!" But she had no idea what was happening inside of my companion.

It was so beautiful. I literally felt weak, but like I was being held in His arms. It was warm and strong, and I will never forget it. We walked home silently, just crying. I was crying because:
1. I just needed to get it out after weeks of nothing
2. The heartbreak of losing Silvia
3. The joy of having such a celestial experience, and having felt Him so clearly through the veil, and,
4. Some shame from having let my Savior down lately.
But we aren't giving up on her.

I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that the only way to salvation is through His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The path is straight and narrow, and few are they that find it. His church is the only way that we find true joy in this life, and return to our Father in the next. I may speak boldly because it is true, and because I have been called by a prophet of God to be a representative of Jesus Christ.

I invite all to drink deeply from the words of His prophets who testify of Him, just like I do. My soul delights in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and his apostles. I promise that as you accept and delight in the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, your life will change forever.

I love you all!
Sister Ludlam
Plus...a bonus video of Ava singing her mama "Happy Birthday!"

1 comment:

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:10 "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."