What a wonderful week it has been.
Starting with Tuesday, we had our district meeting. the topic of the week was making commitments. We talked about how people cant repent until we invite them to do so. We the talked about how all of the commitments in preach my gospel were designed to help people gain their faith and repeat and follow the example of Jesus Christ. I t was a great experience for me and my companion as we realized that maybe we would have more success in the work if we would do better at inviting people to change instead of just teaching.
We set a goal to invite people to be baptized on the first visit. Our district leader told us that by doing this we show our faith in the plan of God. As we have been more bold in inviting people to live the gospel, we have been blessed and have marked 3 dates for next week!!!! I know that as we boldly do our part the lord will fill in the holes and provide the way.
This week I had the opportunity to give a blessing in a car for the first time. It was for our bishop. The spirit was strong as for the first time I could say the words without help. As i opened my mouth it was filled. Every day my mouth is being filled with the words I need and I am understanding the needs of the people here. It is a miracle!!!
On Friday we had our weekly meeting with our ward mission leader. We talked a little more about the problems of the ward and what we could do to help. We are making plans to have a family home evening with every family in the ward and planning ward activities to help bring unity to the members here. Our hope is that as we help to strengthen the ward the ward will be more capable of helping the ward grow.
After we talked and made some plans our mission leader put in a movie he had, made by the church, that has the prophet and the apostles bare their testimonies. My companion asked
' How does the prophet receive the authority to lead the church?"
I felt the spirit so strong as he answered his own question:
From Jesus Christ!
Never before had it hit me so strong before that Jesus Christ gave our prophet today the authority to lead the church by the laying on of hands in the upper room of the temple.
As I listened to the prophet bare his testimony, once again my testimony was re affirmed that this is the only true church of Jesus Christ on the earth. It is the only church that is being led by a prophet of God and our prophet is literally working with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for our salvation.
Tomas S. Monson is the prophet of God. The only person on the earth with the authority to speak for God. and as we follow him, we will make it back to our Father in heaven again safely.
I love you all!!! have a great week!!!
Love Elder Bryan Jacobson
this is the biggest dog I have ever seen!!!