We missionaries usually use Enos as a chapter to show that the Lord does hear and answer prayers. Enos, for me, is a story confirming why the Book of Mormon came about: as result of the prayers of the righteous people and prophets, the Lord promised them that their testimony (a voice crying from the dust) would be heard by the World. The Book of Mormon is a cry to repentance from civilizations who, well too late, call upon all to learn from their story and do what they did not: Listen to the Lord. PMG says that Enos is a story of a man who felt the power of the Atonement. There´s a lot of good things that pop out when you look at it in that light. (For example: Use the phrase from verse 4: And my soul hungered…) When one feels the power of the Atonement, it is natural to feel and worry for the safety of others, also to invite others to come and partake of the fruit with them. True conversion is marked when you share your religion with others and always feel that desire. That´s all i can think of for now. I hope it helps.
It´s great to hear about the ward, though I´m publicily giving Corbin a kick in the butt. Get over your anxeity, remember that you are entitled to the Lord´s help during mission work, and get going. If you´re not careful, I´ll be back and married before you return. And, just a little shove, the anxeity before the mission only gets worse the longer you postpone it. Just an example: a test always seems scary until you take it and are done with it. Then you realize that it was only a test, and tests are evaulations on what you can improve on, not final judgements.
Anywho, great story about Joe Lawrence. My companion in the MTC, Elder Long, has been called to work in the office as Finance Secretary. Which is actually freaking scary to me. I still think I´m one of the new kids, and the older groups still think so, but as I begin month 10, I find that more and more of the people I knew are gone. My friend, Elder Kubeja, left on Wednesday, and half of my companions (Elder Rebiero and Elder Moura) will leave the 7th of March. Wow, just wow.
We´re starting this week to call new ward missionaries. One of them is a young girl that just got back from London. I only met her during sacrament meeting for 15 seconds.
Elder Christensen´s visit was so awesome and he spoke many thing which cannot be written, but I´ll share two things. Try looking and Ether 12 as an Atonement scripture. (Hint: note that the Lord only mentions weakness in the singular form, and substitute “weakness” in your mind for “the Fall”.) Elder Christensen also opened the floor to questions (we had a really good panel of people to respond to us), and he would always ask after the response: “Did that help?”
So, I had one of those glory moments this morning in studying the Book of Mormon this morning. (Oh, I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time in Portuguese on the 1st.) I finished reading the interpretation of Lehi´s vision and the miraculous promises that the Lord makes in those chapters. Also finished the “Book of Moses” in Portuguese too, and the promise made to Enoch were just full of wow. Anyways, so as I was reading, I got the feeling of giddiness in me. You know when you really get into something and start thinking of things you hadn´t before? And then you go, “This is too cool”? Yeah, well, I had about an hour of that this morning.
I have received some many answers to my questions that I had always asked about in my life since I started this mission. And, thanks to the Spirit, many answers to questions I had not asked. However, one question had always remained unanswered: “Does God really know and love me? I know He loves and cares about the prophets, and his servants, and the people of the world as a whole, but what about me? Does He really know and love me, too?” I got my answer. After reading the interpretation of the dream and the Book of Moses, you understand, or at least, begin to understand how great and grand Heavenly Father is. I filled up my study with those kinds of scriptures. Then, I had a thought come to my mind: “Read your blessing.” I ran back to the room and grabbed my blessing and read it carefully.
I know everyone will tell you that different parts stick out to you at different times, but it´s true. Even though I have carefully read my blessing many times and have read it out loud at times, I saw things that I didn´t even know was there. Many promises in there prove that Father knows who I am, and not only that, that I have some very specifc blessings and jobs that belong to me. With the things I read, I couldn´t believe that Father doesn´t know me and who I am. One of the lines is: “Heavenly Father has His eye on you.” That may sound very general, but it meant so much to me. I felt that that line was true. He knows me and what I do and what I was promised.
He knows and loves you too. If He knows who I am, He certainly knows who you are, too.
Eu amo vocês