This week I decided that I am going to be the absolute best missionary I can be. I want to work hard everyday and have no regrets. I want to set goals and accomplish them. I know if I do this, then I will receive so many blessings. I have been studying a lot about the restoration of the gospel this week. I read Joseph Smiths testimony (in the beginning of the Book of Mormon), and I have also been reading in Joseph Smith History. Joseph Smith went through so many trials and endured through every one because he knew he had a work to do and he knew that what he saw in the Sacred Grove was true. I have strengthened my testimony this week on the Restoration of this Gospel. I thought back to my amazing experiences on Origination and at all of the church sites we went to, there was such a strong spirit. I have a testimony that Joseph did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know he translated the Book of Mormon. It is so amazing that in 2 Nephi Chapter 3 ( I think) Lehi testifies to Joseph his son of the coming forth of the Restoration and how a man named Joseph would restore the church. I also had to opportunity of watching the Restoration video on Sunday after the devotional. Holy cowwww that movie is amazing! It tells the story perfectly. I am grateful for the Restoration and for Joseph Smith enduring through hard times. He has taught me a lot. Without him enduring, we wouldn't have the happiness that we have today. And because of him, I can share what I know is true with the people of KOREA!
This week, my companion and I had a few really good lessons with our "Investigator." We planned on teaching Baptism, so we planned a really good lesson to teach about baptism, and we felt really good about it. As we sat down to give our lesson, we asked her a few questions and one of the questions that we asked her was, "Do you believe and have faith in Christ?" Well, we thought she would say, "Yes," and then we would continue to follow our lesson plan. But things changed. After we asked her why we she didn't believe in Christ, we put our lesson plan aside and taught her all about Christ and why we need to have faith in him. It was amazing. I was able to talk so much about Christ in Korean. We went completely away from what we had planned, and we were just speaking to her in Korean the whole time about Christ, and we followed the Spirit! Something I have been doing in my personal study is every time I come across a scripture I like, I write it down in my little pocket notebook and then to the side I write like 3 or 4 words on why I like it. Well, I felt prompted to share a scripture in our lesson but I had no idea what one to share and It doesn't help that we only had our Korean Book of Mormon in there, so I couldn't really tell which book was which. Anyway, so I pulled out my little note book and I saw one of the scriptures I wrote down. 2 NE 11:7. I wasn't sure exactly what it said, but I had written next to it, "Jesus Christ." So I grabbed my Korean Book of Mormon and looked it up and gave it to her. The spirit was so strong, and I knew that that was the perfect scripture. That was a really cool experience. After our lesson, I looked up that scripture in English and it was Perfect. It testifies perfectly of Christ and went along exactly with what we were talking about. I can't wait to have those amazing experiences out in the field with real investigators. I want to end with a quote that I heard in the Devotional on Tuesday, "If it is to be, It is up to me." I loved that.
Love, Elder Johnson