February 17, 2015

hey all!

happy president Monson day yesterday! jaja i’m definitely just kidding πŸ™‚ but really, i hope you had a good day. we went to lunch with the maltby sisters and did the usual. minus the email time :/ but it’s been a good week so far! three of our less actives came to church and one brought a friend πŸ™‚ it was super neat! last night we were able to talk to two other less actives and we ran into another today! thank you for the thought that you shared with me this week. this is something i have actually really been thinking about lately. we do talk with a lot of people who say they believe one thing and then they do another. the pattern that i am noticing is that we often get comfortable. yes, they know that the gospel is true and that the church has the proper authority and is led by a living prophet and that the book of mormon is the word of God. but they get casual, like what you’ve mentioned before, and they get super comfortable. they sit down for a second and before they know it, it’s been 2, 5, 10, 30 years since they’ve gone to church. since they’ve done anything. since they’ve progressed.

something that comes to mind is that i studied in a talk that says that if we are not progressing and moving forward we are digressing and moving backwards. we don’t stand still in life. you can’t park in other words.

i see too that when people read things about joseph smith or they find something that they don’t like about the church or about something that someone has done at some time, it’s often because of something deeper. this morning i was studying about how to help others resolve their concerns and i learned that there are two main reasons that we as people have concerns. 1. lack of testimony. and 2. lack of desire to keep a commitment to a principle that we have been asked to live.

so i believe what you said, that we need to know what we personally believe so that when the winds of trial swirl around us we can stand our ground rather than be blown around. keep helping others to remember their testimony and God’s love πŸ™‚

i hope you have a wonderful week! i love you!!
much love,
hermana bain

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