There are wrong ways to do missionary work, but there are no “right ways”. That’s a quote by Elder Anderson, and it’s true. So long as we preach the principles of the Gospel through the Spirit, we are doing positive missionary work. Of course, some ways work better than others, but follow the Spirit. This week, WE decided with the Naples District to have some district finding activities that we would be okay to hop on and help. First, On Saturday Night, we set up a hot chocolate stand outside of a carnival/Snowfest right by the chapel here in Naples. The Creole missionaries asked to borrow these Haitians electricity, and we ran Christmas lights and heated up water and gave out cookies and directed everyone to church. (Everyone parked in the Church Parking Lot). We had the 2 Light the World videos playing from a TV and a member was there with their iPad. WE must have passed out 400 Light the World Cards, and showed the video to at least 150 people, families. Many people were visibly touched. Then, last night, we went caroling and received about 3 potential families, and everyone we sang to was also touched by the Spirit. We were able to testify of truth, and help these people come closer to Jesus Christ. “The song of the righteous is a prayer unto me.” We really Lit the World!!
Speaking of preaching the Gospel through the Spirit, I got an awesome opportunity to study that this week, in Doctrine and Covenants 42: 12-16
12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.
16 And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;
The Spirit will only prompt us to declare the principles of the Gospel, and will testify of scripture. The Spirit will prompt us to share scripture, and testimony, and will bring to our memory that which we have studied. We need to be studying the Book of Mormon, and the Bible, and Conference Talks, and well, We need to study the scriptures EVERY DAY. Only then will we have the power given to us to invite the Spirit unto the heart of the hearer. (DC 50)
Anyways, we saw an awesome miracle this week while we were just OYMing outside of an apartment complex we didn’t have any formers in, and we had never worked before. Turns out, it’s chock-ful-o’-latins. We met Pablo and his wife, who just got here from Cuba, as well as Cici and Sidrette, who had visited with the missionaries back when Naples was a part of the Tampa mission. They basically ate up the Messages we had to share. It was great!!