Saturday, July 5, 2014

"I love the work...."

Dear Friends and Family,

     So I am finally messaging again after a long absence.  We have been so busy lately we haven't had time to even take our full 'P' day.  Although we have not been able to teach B---- very much, we have been able to teach our mini-motorcycle friend and he has made a lot of progress.  He is already telling us how he wants his friend to come down and baptize him when he is ready.  Despite the moves of several of our members out of the branch, our small Branch's chapel is starting to fill up not only with nonmembers but also members that have not been seen for a while.
     In the last three weeks we have been able to be a helping hand of the Lord in bringing back many members into the fold.  I would like to talk about a couple of them.  One is a member that has moved recently from another ward nearby in Rhode Island.  He called us out of nowhere one day and asked us to come over and give him a blessing of healing.  
    Upon arriving the man was so filled with the Spirit that he began telling us how much he has missed the feeling of the Spirit in his life and that he knew he had to come back to church starting the coming Sunday.  He then told us that he needed a blessing so that he could live long enough to be able to make it to the Temple in Boston and re-commit to the covenants he made in the Temple.  
    During our time there, he explained to us that he has never seen the Boston Temple and that he has been away from the church for over 20 years.  Since this initial visit, he has come to church every week, faithfully, with a bright hope and beaming testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel.  In addition, he has been sharing his testimony with all those that he comes in contact with and those that live near him and has invited many people to come with him to church.
     Now if this is not a lesson that it is never too late for anyone I don't know what is.  But, in case you are not convinced yet, there is another person I want to tell you about.  This person, like the last, is also a member that has not been to church for a long time.  
    He may not have lived the most Christian life before he was a member, as a member of the biker gang 'The Hell's Angles', but when he found the church and the effect the Spirit had on the missionaries that taught him, he said to himself "There is something here."  
    Well, he joined the church but then got addicted to smoking again and felt that he did not want to be a hypocrite and not do that which he believed.  So, like so many others, he decided that he would stop coming.  Then, much later, we find him and he tells us about himself and his situation.  Basically to the point of saying that he knows it’s true but that he needs to stop smoking.  We talked about it and he came to the conclusion that now is the time for him to stop, go back to church, and get a calling again in the Branch.  
    We had the opportunity to give him a blessing as well to help him take strength from the Lord in his righteous desires.  Now he too has been coming to church faithfully and even sharing that which he knows to the point where he cannot be silenced in his sharing of the gospel with his friends and neighbors and even those that we bring to church such as our mini-motorcycle friend.
     I am running out of time and this message is already pretty long so I will have to hold off on the other recent opportunities we have been able to have.  I love the work though.  And I know that Christ lives.  And with this knowledge it compels me, my companion, and also those I have talked about and many others to share His gospel with the world.

Elder Erb

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