What is a Mormon?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The suffering in the world...

Why is there suffering in the world?

"A lady that we actually y contacted the first week. She gave us a bear that was made during 9-11 to support the families she thought it was appropriate since we were American  We struck up a good conversation (she can talk for all of England) just about life.  Haha, anyways she said to come by another time and she'd love to hear our message.
So Elder C and I finally got in contact with her this past week and set up an appointment.  We talked a lot about struggles seen in the world and how family is so important to get through it.  She said that she has always looked for the truth in religious groups and she just couldn't get over how they never could answer that one question, Why is there suffering in the world?
We told her it is all about opposition in all things. She said that although the reality of that answer is a bit hard, it makes sense and she told us about her struggle with depression.  We had to leave but told her a bit about how God still speaks to us today and that a prophet is on the earth again.  We left her President Holland's talk.  We got bakc later that week and she loved the talk and asked more about prophets and told us some experiences with other religious leader and how they are cold.  For that some reason she never felt like there was a family community in those churches.  She recently found out her father was not her biological father. She will be doing family history and looks forward to that."

Like many others, I have often been inspired by beautiful works of art and music. One such occasion was when I stood before a masterful painting created by the Danish artist Frans Schwartz titled The Agony in the Garden.1
This achingly beautiful painting depicts the Savior kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane. As He prays, an angel stands next to Him, enfolding Him in gentle arms, offering comfort, heavenly succor, and support.
The longer I contemplate this painting, the more my heart and mind swell with inexpressible feelings of tenderness and gratitude. I can sense, in small part, what it must have been like to be present as the Savior began His great culminating work of mortality by taking upon Himself the sins of the world. I marvel at the infinite love and compassion the Father has for His children. I am overwhelmed with profound gratitude for what the sinless Son did for all mankind and for me.

The testimony

July 2014

"I just want to share my testimony about the gospel, the light, and the truth that it holds, emanates and burns into our consciousness.  No matter the trials, the oppositions, the small imprint on us are what help us hold it together.  I recently listened to a talk by President Hinkley, the theme was "Don't Drop the Ball" at the end of it he states that we can't afford it. I really liked that.  The fact is we are in the last days, we cannot afford to drop the ball.  And if you do, the Savior's atonement is the ultimate make-up.  Christ is real, he lives, and he loves us.  All of us.  I wish that I could bear my testimony at the reunion in person, because I can not even imagine the wonderful plan our God has set for us. The beautiful theme of family and love and eternal rounds without the spirit choking my heart in its enveloping warmth, burning another sealing stitch to our consciousness. Being out here has showed the true happiness that we have from the gospel. I cannot wait to see it in my own family one day and the lives of people we set an example for, each one of us. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen."

The Only True Church

 June 2014  "We have an investigator who has no problem believing Joseph Smith is a prophet and the Book of Mormon is the work of God. She doesn't believe we are the only (true) church with authority of God."
"I believe all you say but you are not the only true church....we discussed the temples and the sacredness of them (we are the only Christian denomination with temples). Maybe you are telling me the truth."
The only way to now truth is to pray about it. Joseph Smith did and received an answer. You can do the same, the Bible tells us so.