Monday, November 30, 2015

Elevating Faith

Hey everybody!

This week was such a good week. We had Mission Leadership Council, which was great, zone training, which was good, and Thanksgiving.  Can't get much more than that in one week.  

I think my favorite part about this week is what happened over the course of Mission Leadership Council and zone training in regards to faith. As the end of the year is approaching we have begun to prepare for next year regarding what our goals will be as a mission and as individuals. We have approached this topic multiple times and each time the feedback has been about the same.  This time however we had a very interesting experience.  We all came to the Council fasting and having prepared with studying the topic that had been given to us.  As the conversation progressed we began to discuss our goals.  It started out about the same as normal but then the conversation quickly changed as we truly began to focus on what it was the Lord wanted for his vineyard, especially in regards to how the gospel relates to the family.  Immediately the spirit entered and testified to each one of us that our vision was too low.  It was amazing to see how with each person you could immediately see their faith grow and their vision elevated to match that of the Saviors.  Later in zone training's we saw the same thing happen with new and old missionaries a like as they put their faith in the Lord. I'm excited for what is coming in this mission.  I truly know that the Lord is directing the work hear, just as he will direct each on of our lives if we let him.

Because of this I have been thinking a lot about faith.  I love what President Monson said on this topic in this last conference about being an example of faith to those around us. He says:

"To be an example of faith means that we trust in the Lord and in His word. It means that we possess and that we nourish the beliefs that will guide our thoughts and our actions. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in our Heavenly Father will influence all that we do. Amidst the confusion of our age, the conflicts of conscience,and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives. Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. I reiterate what we have been told repeatedly—that in order to gain and to keep the faith we need, it is essential that we read and study and ponder the scriptures. Communication with our Heavenly Father through prayer is vital. We cannot afford to neglect these things, for the adversary and his hosts are relentlessly seeking for a chink in our armor, a lapse in our faithfulness. Said the Lord, 'Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.'"

I know that this promise is true, that with our faith firmly planted in him that we can face anything that comes our way.  He will guide us and strengthen us and elevate our faith when we need it so that we may become more than who we think we are and do more than we think we can do.  

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Hermana Carpenter

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