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We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are currently serving in the mission field of The Church
for a period of three years. This blog represents our own opinions and experiences for these three years. And does not represent or speak
for the doctrine or opinions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The LDS Missionary Experience . . .

The LDS Missionary Experience . . .

We continue to marvel at the amazing experiences that come to pass through the efforts of the many young people serving in all parts of the world . . . otherwise known as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormon Missionaries, LDS Missionaries, Sister Missionaries, Elders) . . .

LDS missionaries receive a charge to teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are called by priesthood authority, by a member of the living apostles present upon the earth today.  They are called as authorized representatives of the Savior, Jesus Christ and are expected to represent him and do his work in all things.

Therefore they can teach with both power and authority . . .

 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.   . . .  Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.  (2 Nephi 2:6,8)

You can't miss them . . .

They have a very distinct appearance and they are pretty difficult to miss when you see them walking down the street two by two.  Our favorite moments, and it happens frequently, we will be driving down the street on our way to a meeting somewhere, and spot two of our wonderful missionaries from the San Pedro Sula East Mission.  We try to always carry treats in our car, or bottles of water so we have something to share with them when and wherever we find them!  They always have big smiles on their faces, despite the 100 degree plus temperatures, perhaps pouring pouring rain, dusty dirty shoes from walking through the dry and rocky paths and trails of the mission here.

It never fails that they have incredible stories to share from their teaching and testifying of the previous week.  We are amazed at all the good works that come to pass through their teaching and examples of service.  We have seen so many wonderful families and individuals change their life for the better, quit drinking, stop smoking, become more dedicated mothers and fathers and families, youth prepare to serve their own missions.  We love to see the light of Christ that comes into their lives as they change their lives to bring them more in line with the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Challenge of Missionary Work . . .

Missionary work is difficult, filled with daily challenges . . . but the many miracles and wonderful experiences make each painful moment worth while.

Not all missionary stories end happily . . . we can testify that miracles do not convert to a true knowledge of the gospel.  Proven gospel principles and irrefutable evidence does not convert one person to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It is only through the witness of the Holy Ghost, by those who are seeking to know the truth of all things . . . that one receives that conversion to the gospel deep into their heart.  That's when the beautiful, filled with light transformation begins to take place in the lives of those who come to know their Savior on a personal basis.

(some of our past and present Mission Leader Council members)

Sharing Missionary Experiences

I thought I would share just a few missionary experiences with you all today -

(Just a reminder . . . when you share missionary experiences, be sure not to share names of members, other missionaries, investigators or the locations they are serving.  We want to protect the privacy of each of these people that we love so dearly.  Try to refer to them with initials, or in some other way to protect their safety (always an issue here in Honduras) and their privacy).

 . . . we experienced a great miracle this week!  This week, one of our new converts had the opportunity to go to the temple!  We were so proud of him . . . when we found him he was addicted to alcohol, and had a smoking habit.  He has completely changed his life, and this week he went to the temple with the names of 10 of his ancestors.  It is such a great blessing to see how this gospel really changes lives and makes people happy! . . .

 . . . this has been a challenging week, and even though we have been working so hard, we have seen very little progress, but we keep talking with everyone and know that Heavenly Father will guide us.  We did have a great experience teaching family history to a recent convert.  We have been helping him fill our his "My Family" pamphlet, and we are helping him get set up with an account in FamilySearch.  We are finding it incredible that this is helping him increase his testimony of the gospel and feel the power of the blessings of the temple . . .

(Bet you never thought your 19 year old missionary would be doing this)
 . . . it's been a little crazy this week.  A ward member suffered an emotional attack and locked the family out of the house.  The member remained inside distraught, with their youngest daughter, and holding a machete.  The bishop asked for our help, to visit the family and see what we could do.  We literally ran to the house and spoke to the member through the window.  The distraught member was experiencing many great family challenges and didn't feel able to go on . . . A priesthood blessing was refused, and we prayed mightily for help and guidance as to what to say or do.  We felt inspired to share Isaiah's words in Chapter 53 on the Savior's suffering on our behalf.  And bore a simple testimony that the Savior bore pain and grief and a broken body for exactly this sort of need, and that we CAN rely on Him.  After some time, the daughter was allowed to leave the house, and we were so grateful we had taken Elder Neil L. Andersen's challenge to memorize scripture to heart.  It was just what we needed today . . .

(Post General Conference lunch with missionaries!)

(Training the trainers of new missionaries!)

(So grateful for the kind words of the missionaries)
 . . . I wanted to share with you a cute story . . . a little girl in the family we were teaching looked at her father and said "Daddy, when I'm big, I want to marry someone just like you!".  It made me think . . . Thank you President and Sister Klein for your wonderful example.  Thank you for calming my fears, giving the answers to all my doubts and questions, providing for my necessities, thank you for your love and for all your hopes and desires for me.  Thank you for your energy, your spirit and for all you do! . . .

(We really are not like the other churches . . .)
 . . . this week went by really fast.  We did have one of our investigators go to church with us this week.  She loves meeting with us and loves learning more about Christ.  The only thing is, she was very confused on Sunday.  She asked us why we weren't jumping, dancing, singing and clapping our hands during the church service.  She has gone to an Evangelical church all her life . . . so I can see she has many questions for us in our upcoming appointments!

(More past and present Mission Leader Council members)

 . . . a miraculous week, a couple investigating the church needed to get married to prepare for their baptism, a very expensive experience here in Honduras.  After taking the required marriage class they went to a doctor appointment to receive the required medical exams, where they discovered the cost would be 1000 Lempira, a great deal of money for a Honduran couple.  They left discouraged and disappointed as they had spent all their money to receive the necessary paperwork to get married.  As they were entering a taxi to return home, an acquaintance approached them and told them he knew where they could get the medical testing done for free.  They couldn't believe it!  They arrived to find a group of doctors traveling through Honduras doing free marital exams.  The doctors had just barely arrived and they were one of their first patients.  So grateful to see the hand of God in his work, and he knows the needs of each of his individual children.

 . . . we had a good week this week.  We worked with the elders from our ward and some future missionaries, all good experiences.  I'm so grateful to be a missionary!  We had a very spiritual experience with someone we were teaching that had not prayed in three years because of some personal challenges in their life, feeling abandoned by God . . . but as we talked about repentance, the atonement, the power of prayer . . . the Spirit was strong and their hearts were touched. A baptismal challenge was accepted and this person was finally able to end their long spiritual drought by offering a first prayer, after a very long time.  This is what I love about missionary work . . .

 . . . we have been teaching a wonderful prepared person for the last four weeks that will soon be baptized.  We met him at church one Sunday . . . we saw a man arrive on a bicycle, who had obviously been riding for quite a distance.  He said that one of his friends had invited him to come to church, and although at first he didn't want to, he kept getting feelings like he needed to come.  He rode his bike for and hour and a half to arrive at the church.  We taught him the first lesson and he asked, "How long do I have to come to church before I can get baptized?"  We were stunned. We knew it was through the promptings of the Holy Ghost, that he was prepared long before we met him . . .

 . . . this week was super great, we have felt the Spirit so strong and experienced so much joy.  Someone we had been teaching was baptized.  The service turned out wonderful and we had so much support from the ward to welcome him.  After his baptism I asked him how he felt and he replied, "liberated", and he had the biggest smile on his face.  Yesterday he was confirmed, and received the priesthood as well.  But that's not all, he is also going to the temple this Friday and he is taking 10 family names!

(New missionaries just as they arrive in the mission field . . . soon to become just like the next photo!)

(Departing missionaries - who served with all their heart, might, mind and strength!)

 . . . I love this work, I love my area!  I love seeing miracles occur as we strive to invoke them through our obedience.  We had another person we had been teaching and who was going to church regularly, but hasn't wanted to be baptized yet.  While we were all participating in a family history activity, she came up to me and said she was ready to be baptized.  I don't understand everything about the Spirit of Elijah, but I see it testify to people, and touch and change their lives everyday.  It's inspired us to help all those we are teaching better understand the blessings of the temple.

Hastening the Work of Salvation - 

It's been incredible to witness the increased amounts of youth accepting mission calls to serve the Lord and dedicate all their heart, might, mind and strength.  They are responding to the prophets call to hasten the work of salvation.  Their task has been magnified and encompasses much more than previously was expected by missionaries in the past.  But we are seeing increasing blessings that occur everyday.

(Ummm . . . who is this guy . . . can't tell without the white shirt . . .)

As members and leaders we have the same opportunities to find ourselves in the Savior's work of salvation.

We are all in this together. With fellow ward members and missionaries, we plan and pray and help one another. Please keep the full-time missionaries in your thoughts and prayers. Trust them with your family and friends. The Lord trusts them and has called them to teach and bless those who seek Him.
Elder Neil L. Andersen

For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.   Moses 1:39

Friday, May 1, 2015

Elder Neil L. Andersen visits Honduras

As a mission, and as a country we were greatly blessed to receive Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as a guest here in Honduras, and especially here in our mission. 

 He was accompanied by Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Dean M. Davies, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of the Church, Elder, Elder Adrian Ochoa of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy, and Elder Valladares, our presiding Area Seventy.  It was a great opportunity to hear from each one of them as they addressed the youth of the Church both in a special fireside, and a meeting of both missions here in San Pedro Sula.

Whenever you have many wonderful General Authorities gathered and more than 450 missionaries in one place . . . you can certainly feel the spirit of the great work of the Church on the face of the earth today.

I have been blessed to be in the presence of General Authorities in my life, but I will always remember the feeling I experienced as I first met Elder Neil L. Andersen.  My immediate impression was he brought with him the love of the Savior for each person there in the room. I never really comprehended what the love of the Savior might feel like . . . but I experienced it that day in some small measure through Elder Andersen.

His eyes sincere, and each immediately felt an overwhelming sense of caring and concern for the one.  He and the other visiting authorities began to tour the room when they entered shaking hands and greeting as many people as possible.  It was marvelous to be seated on the stand and watch the expression of the many youth who had opportunity to meet and shake hands with these authorities of the Church.  We could tell, it was a lifetime experience, they will not likely forget.

The following day, approximately 450 missionaries from the San Pedro Sula missions gathered to hear the words of the visiting General Authorities.  I hope to share messages from each one, but for now will focus the remainder of this post on the words from the special witness of Christ, Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife.

I was impressed with the words of Sister Andersen as she testified of the apostolic witness of her husband.  She spoke of how she studied the words of the apostles as a youth, never dreaming that she would find herself in a position one day, where she would bear personal witness of their great calling and responsibility.  She shared with us that she always takes notes, even though they have been married many years, as she always learns something new, something special and inspired, and that we should enjoy and make use of this great opportunity.  (What a great example for me of love and support in marriage!)

Elder Andersen clearly demonstrated the gift of tongues . . . he of course speaks English, he served as a young missionary in France, and later presided over the France Bordeaux mission, therefore speaking French.  Later he presided as the Area President in Brazil South Area, learning Portuguese.  And today he spoke to us in Spanish . . .  which kind of rolled off his tongue with a French / Portuguese sort of accent - so lovely.

Elder Andersen arrived with much experience of visiting Church members all over the world.  He acknowledged that each area of the Church is a little bit different.  In France it's difficult to find people to speak to, in Africa the people are very spiritual, in Russia, Americans can be unpopular and not well liked.  Each area has it's particular challenges . . . but here in Honduras, the people are very loving but they need help staying active in the Church, staying faithful forever.  Here it is not hard to teach the gospel, the difficulty lies in helping them become truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It's especially necessary for each missionary to be personally converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to truly help and convert and change the lives of others here in Honduras.  To help a person receive a change of heart, you have to have received that grand change of heart yourself first.  Each missionary needs to receive their own witness of the importance of the Atonement in their lives and put it into practice in their lives.  He taught the words from the Book of Mormon, the words of Alma the younger, speaking of his father . . .

 . . . "there was a mighty changewrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true.
     And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved.
    And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?" - Alma 5

How can we become great instruments like unto Alma, and Alma the younger?

By keeping our focus on the eternal principles that matter -
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor 4:18)
Each missionary is specifically called with authority, to act as a representative of the Church, and to teach with power and authority the principles found in Preach my Gospel.  We must teach the principle of the Atonement, as found in the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon.  Many many scriptures from the Book of Mormon teach of the Atonement of the Savior.  It's not just important, that today the Savior lives . . . but what He did.  What He accomplished through the Atonement for us.

We were so impressed with a challenge Elder Andersen left for each missionary to memorize 10 scriptures that teach of the Atonement.  To commit them to memory, to be ready to teach and to testify at a moments notice the power of the Atonement.  (Each missionary may choose their own meaningful scriptures.  Five from the Book of Mormon and five from other scripture sources.  We have been implementing this wonderful challenge and have already seen great and marvelous things begin to come to pass! For myself it has given greater meaning to my scripture study, and greater purpose as I have tried to commit these special scriptures to memory).

Elder Andersen also taught the principle taught by President Spencer W. Kimball -
President Spencer W. Kimball, who gave such comprehensive teachings on repentance and forgiveness, said that personal suffering “is a very important part of repentance. One has not begun to repent until he has suffered intensely for his sins. … If a person hasn’t suffered, he hasn’t repented.” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, pp. 88, 99.)
The Savior taught this principle when he said that his atoning sacrifice was for “all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.” (2 Ne. 2:7.) The repentant sinner who comes to Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit has been through a process of personal pain and suffering for sin.

As we experience and use the Atonement in our own lives . . . we can then teach and testify with power of it's greatness, as we help others become truly converted, truly ready to make great changes in their life through repentance and bringing their lives into harmony with gospel principles.  We are the instruments . . . that bring the gospel of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to others . . . we are his hands.

He also shared Elder Bednar's quote from his wonderful address, "In the Strength of the Lord".

Thus, the enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement helps us to see and to do and to become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity. - Elder David A. Bednar

He closed with his greetings from the Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson and thanked the missionaries for their devotion, service and hard work, with a blessing for all that their knowledge would increase as they reach out to help all, to teach the Atonement, to strengthen the members, to elevate all together.  He blessed the missionaries that they might be able to see the things that can't be seen, to understand more clearly, to understand the situations of the people they will encounter.  He bore a powerful testimony that our Heavenly Father lives. He said, "Jesus Christ lives".  "I really know that He lives, was resurrected and directs the Church."  "One day we will all be in front of Him".  "This mission will be a great blessing".  "God is our Father".  "The Book of Mormon came from light".  "I love you, this is my witness of Christ, I testify He lives, I really know".

Powerful!  Yes, it was powerful.
The Spirit bore witness to us . . . that this apostle of the Lord
speaks and testifies as His special witness.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

So Much to Share . . . So Little Time . . .

Much to Share, Not Much Time . . .

A continual challenge that we have is to try to fit everything in.  The days are full from morning until night.  We are frequently on the road, traveling, in meetings, training, planning with missionaries, Church Leadership or members of the Church for various reasons.

We have so many messages we could share, so many experiences, trials, challenges, miracles, wonderful occurrences from our own happenings or that missionaries have shared with us . . . but we have so little time to put together the words to express what has come to pass.

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

During the month of March the mission has been very blessed!

The mission San Pedro Sula Este has been blessed to have several uplifting and inspiring visitors that have blessed us through their teachings and testimonies.

Our visitors this month include -

  • Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
  • Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy
  • Elder Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric of the Church
  • Elder Adrian Ochoa of the Second Quorum of the Seventy with their wives, and . . .
  • Elder Kevin R. Duncan of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

This post will be about our visit from Elder Kevin R. Duncan of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
(Because he came earliest in the month, I will also be posting the inspiring messages of the other visiting General Authorities of the Church soon)

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

Elder Kevin R. Duncan - 

Elder Duncan has much experience in Latin America and had much to share with our missionaries.  He served as a young missionary in Chile, then spent time working in Brazil, later served as a Mission President in Chile, and now is the President of the Central America Area, living in Guatemala with his wife and two youngest daughters.  We were very grateful to have him tour our mission and greet all our missionaries, as well as address them in three different meetings.

I'm going to share many of the thoughts he left with us . . .

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

Always begin and end speaking of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Messiah of the New Testament.  He visited the American continent after his death and resurrection, he appeared to many so that there could be no doubt of his resurrection.  These occasions are recorded both in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon which is another witness of Jesus Christ.

He is our Lord, our Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father.
He ransomed us with his blood.

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

We can do nothing as missionaries except we teach and testify of the importance of the Savior, his atonement and the blessings of the His restored gospel to the earth.

Because of Him . . . all that is good in the world, has come to pass.

Testify powerfully of Christ in all moments.

Are you Living up to Your Potential?

You are very needed here - field is white and ready to harvest, have a great work to do, much potential!

Are we living beneath our privileges?
Do we have the faith required to live UP to our privileges?
Knowing that our Heavenly Father will bless us.

Elder Duncan - "I am here to invite you to receive the VISION of the work you can accomplish in your areas, branches, wards and stakes.  Through much study, and much work, I promise you can receive it!"

We need to envision each of our areas as the future Stakes of Zion!

We need good priesthood leaders!  Men who diligently pay a full tithe and offerings.  I particularly noted his next words . . . "think of the strength behind these faithful men!"  "Speaking of women, I know all the apostles, and believe it or not, each of their wives are better than they are.  My wife is better than me!"  "So think of the strength that comes when we find these faithful men!"

And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite agoodnessof God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient, we could prophesy of all things.  Mosiah 5:3

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

Envision the potential of yourself and your areas.

An Invitation . . . to be Better . . .

Get rid of those things in your life that are preventing you from accomplishing this great work . . . tablets, extra telephones, telephone chips, inappropriate music . . . inappropriate activities or thoughts . . . selfishness, problems with leaders or companions . . . just stop it, get rid of it today!

Teach the members what are appropriate missionary activity and don't linger longer than necessary after lessons, lunch or dinner.  Teach and testify in every home, with every person.  Keep visits to less than an hour, preferably 30 minutes.

You are a representative of the Savior, you have been officially called by a prophet to represent the Church and the Savior.  Be an example 24 x 7.

We have the power to change the work here that is miraculous.

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

From March 20, 2015

Do Your Part to Hasten the Work of Salvation

Elder Duncan shared Elder Bednar's words from the most recent Seminar for Mission Presidents in 2014.  Speaking of the scripture found in D&C 88:73 -

Behold, I will ahasten my work in its time.

It is very clear that we play a role in helping the Kingdom of God roll forth across the world.  But it is the Lord who hastens His work.  It is the Lord's work and he does the hastening.  It is the Lord who directs and moves His work forward.

From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015

Elder Bednar - 

"Will we keep pace?  Will we as individuals and collectively as a church keep pace with the Lord's hastening? Or will we insist on doing things the way they have always been done, or the ways we are accustomed to or comfortable with? 
Will we learn and teach the Savior's way?  Will each of us here today learn, repent, change, and teach more effectively the Savior's way? Or will we be so entangled in the traditions and patterns of the past that we will be unable to keep up the pace of the Lord's hastening? 
If we always do what we have always done, then we will always get what  
we have always gotten.   
May I suggest that what we have always done and always gotten were good in their time but need to improve as the Lord is quickening the pace.  The Lord's hastening of His work requires us continuously to learn, to change, and to press forward with faith in the Savior. 

From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015

The Lord's anointed servants are leading the way to more spiritually sensitive, rigorous, and demanding patterns of learning and teaching. 

You were not called to serve today because of what you have done in the past.  Rather, you were called because the Lord has confidence in what you can and will do in the future.  You were called because of what you will become! 
Will we keep pace as the Lord hastens His Work?  Will we shape ourselves to the majesty of our callings?"

From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015

Every Member a Missionary . . . and . . .
Every Member a Member!!

Elder Duncan shared a video with the missionaries of easy ways to involve the members more frequently in their teaching.  Encourage the members be active in teaching, attending firesides with investigators, inviting neighbors and friends into their homes for the missionaries to meet with.

Think how beneficially the time is spent if a member invites two families into their home for the missionaries to come teach!  Saves the missionaries a great deal of time finding, and they feel the Spirit of a warm Latter-day Saint home, as well as make very good use of the missionaries teaching time.

Continually invite less active members to come back.  Involve them in reading the Book of Mormon so they can remember that same Spirit that testified to them originally of the truthfulness of gospel principles.

Members are Key!

From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015

Always be Finding - Always!

During lessons, invite everyone in the house to participate.  Invite the the neighbors in.  Ask each person for references.  Point out moments when the witness of the Spirit is strong.  Invite everyone to come participate in the next lesson.

Elder Duncan brought an  example of a teaching sheet for all investigators, filled with lesson plans and gospel principles.

Our assistants have already created one special for our mission that each missionary will have available to use with each of their investigators.

Use the Area Calendars - 

Each missionary, investigator, less active or active member should have a copy of the Area Calendar to use to track their personal scripture study, prayers, Family Home Evening, temple work, family history work.

Use the calendars!

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth … : for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”—Matthew 6:19, 21

From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015

A Mission of Angels - 

We have a mission of angels on the other side of the veil doing their part to hasten the work.  They are preparing the hearts of many to receive the word of the Lord.  

 For behold, aangels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.  Alma 13:24

How do we work with these Angels?  Through the power of prayer, fasting, planning, study, planning to teach and praying for the proper preparation.  What would the Savior have us do so that we can be prepared to assist these missionaries from the other side of the veil with their work?

And there was ano inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their bhearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming— Alma 16:16

Today is a New Day! 

From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015
From March 20, 2015

Faith is the key.  

Through faith we can overcome whatever challenges we may find in our paths.  It's easy to have faith when times are good, when things are easy, when our appointments come to pass, when our investigators come to church, when they progress and read and study and pray as we have helped them.  

Having faith during the hard times is hard!  But it is the most important time!  

Faith is the basis of testimony.
Faith represents sacrifice.
Faith is a miracle.

Faith is a gift from God.

"It is marvelous and wonderful thing that thousands are touched by the miracle of the Holy Spirit, that they believe and accept and become members. They are baptized. Their lives are forever touched for good. Miracles occur. seed of faith comes into their hearts. It enlarges as they learn. And they accept principle upon principle, until they have every one of the marvelous blessings that come to those who walk with faith in this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It is faith that is the converter. It is faith that is the teacher."
--Gordon B. Hinckley

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