First of all....name that movie and we`ll be best friends forever. But this week was a good week and can best be described in two occurances. The best: We got to have a meeting with Elder Bednar! It was a lot different than what I had expected. It was almost all Q&A, with him asking questions or us. It was incredible and such an exquisite joy to be able to feel the Spirit testify that he truly is an apostle of God, just like the original apostles of Jesus Christ. Like it says in the 6th aricle of faith, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and so forth." I also got to see many friends that are serving in other missions.
The worst of the week: Yesterday, we went out with an older couple in the ward who are always gung-ho to share the gospel with the whole world, which is good, but there are times they need to be more prudent in the way they do it. We went to visit a family, and it was the first time we were going to visit them, so we are asking a few questions and they say that the father and daughter are studying Judaism. And this member asks, "but you believe is Christ right?" And they respond, no. So this member tries to tell them why that is wrong, and is so outspoken that he doesn`t ever let them finish talking before interrupting them and saying why that belief is misguided. The whole time he was saying things that were quite on the line of being offensive and making fun. Luckily, the family wasn`t contentious and took it all, but I felt so awful at the end. I left feeling so ashamed and wanted to go back and apologize for that. Just a reminder to all, criticizing or poking fun at another`s beliefs is NEVER ok. Just because it is different, or may seem ridiculous to one, it is genuine and important to another. Using another article of faith, "We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God, according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship, how, where, or what they may"
Well that`s all for this week! Have a splendid 7 days!
(from her private email to me about Elder Bednar's visit:
...it was awesome. I felt like laughing, crying, I felt such an immense joy of being in his presence and I got to see him very close up as he was leaving.)