Week 34

This week has been great because we found a lot of new investigators. We were able to teach one lesson to a huge family. There must have been ten adults in the house, plus a bunch of little kids. Some were members, some not. We kind of focused on Semisi during the lesson because he’s the head of the house. He’s probably in his late sixties, has some siblings who are members, and already knows a lot about the Church. We gave a short message in which I focused on the Book of Mormon.

Some missionaries here shy away from talking about the Book of Mormon and try to impress investigators with their knowledge of the Bible, but recently I have felt a stronger need and desire to share the message of the Book of Mormon. Sometimes we take the Book of Mormon for granted and view it simply as an indicator that Joseph Smith was divinely authorized and inspired, and so the Church he restored must be true. I know the Book of Mormon is more than that. It truly is the keystone of our religion, not only because of the doctrines it sets forth but because of its power to produce faith and conversion. Anyone who has not read the Book of Mormon and personally received a witness of its truth cannot testify of it with power. When I testify of the Book of Mormon I can feel the Holy Ghost witness to myself and others that it is true.

I am always happy when someone wants to be baptized. But honestly it is so much better when someone has the desire to read the Book of Mormon. I know my teaching will never have 100% success in converting someone but the promise of the Book of Mormon’s power to convert is an absolute guarantee. If you read the Book of Mormon, pray sincerely, and ask God if it is true, you WILL receive the answer. I have no doubt about that. That’s why I’d rather have someone read the Book of Mormon than agree to be baptized.

Hopefully Semisi and his family will have taken our invitation seriously when we return. Nothing would make me happier. ‘Osi ‘osi e taimi ke faitohi, ofa atu.

 

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Author: Elder Patrick Watts

I am serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission.

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