The Weekly Elder Poe Report
This week has been a most interesting week so far as well as a ton of fun, and presented many opportunities for learning.
Monday we had a wonderful dinner with the Marcum family, they are truly an awesome family they feed us quite a bit actually because they themselves have a daughter that is currently serving in the Utah Ogden Mission. It is always a blessing to be able to go into a member’s home and to be able to feel of the difference that is in those homes, even though they aren’t always sparkling clean or super peaceful in every members home you can feel the Spirit. I wish we could teach every person in a member’s home, and allow our investigators to see what they could have through the Gospel. Additionally it can bring many blessings into the lives of those that are willing to host the missionaries for a teaching appointment and help bring a special spirit into the home.
Later that evening a quite remarkable event happened. We have been working recently very closely with one of the members in the ward who is also in the stake presidency about getting the missionary effort moving forward in our little corner of Ohio. On Monday, after him and his family had thought about it and prayed about it, he gave us a list of forty of his close friends that he thought could really use our message and a visit from us. It was inspiring to see someone so committed and dedicated to helping the work move forward. Could not each one of us give the missionaries just one or two names that we thought could use our message?
Wednesday was another highlight day early in the day we had an appointment with a less active member named Michael. Michael had fallen away from the Church early on in his youth and so working with him has been more similar to working with an investigator than a less active member. We had a wonderful lesson with him however about the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the Spirit was super strong in that lesson as we were able to help clear up some of the things he didn’t quite understand about the Atonement; however even with the Spirit and our promises of the blessings that await him Michael was not willing to commit to be at church. This to me showed how important it is for us to be willing to act on spiritual experiences we receive, it does us no good to sit through a General Conference and have the Spirit testify truth to us if we don’t change our behavior and actions in response to what we have learned and been enlightened with.
Friday we got to have a mini-missionary with us. A mini-mission is where a young man comes out with us to work with us from 8 am – 6 pm and it was a wonderful opportunity to help a young man see what missionary work was all about as that day we had two quite excellent lessons with an investigator and a less active member. In both of them the Spirit was really strong and the missionary purpose was manifested greatly.
Sunday was one of the best days this week. We have had an investigator that we have had trouble getting to meet with, but Sunday we did have a wonderful lesson with him about the importance of the Book of Mormon and how much it can bless our lives. Also we discussed how the Book of Mormon is really one of the only ways to find out about the truth of the Restoration of the Gospel and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon is upon which everything hangs. Truly the Book of Mormon is a remarkable book for if it is true everything else the missionaries teach must be true Joseph Smith is a prophet, Jesus is the Christ, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God’s kingdom on earth. We are actually told as missionaries that Book of Mormon is the MOST powerful tool in conversion with the Spirit. That is remarkable to think about, that the Book of Mormon will do more to help a person become converted to Christ than every lesson, talk, or testimony, the missionaries share.
In conclusion this week was not always great but the work of the Lord is quickly moving forward. The Lord is hastening His work and no unhallowed hand will stop it from going forward, we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and we have been promised that as we open our mouths to share the Gospel the Spirit will move upon us as to what to say and what to do. Furthermore those who hold the priesthood don’t only have a responsibility but a stern duty to let others know what the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do. I would invite everyone who reads this message to commit to study Chapter 5 of Preach My Gospel about the Importance of the Book of Mormon. In addition there will be a broadcast Sunday evening the 23rd at 4 o’clock MTS time about missionary work do everything you can to attend the broadcast.
To invite others to come unto to Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through, Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End
-Preach My Gospel pg. 1 Missionary Purpose
The Report of Elder Hunter D. Poe
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