Monday, November 24, 2008

Devotionals

Every Tuesday evening, we get to go to a wonderful devotional at the MTC. All of the Senior Miss. get to sit right in the front section. DH and I were sitting in the 2nd row in the middle. Before the meeting begins, the conductor has everyone sing 3 hymns to prepare. We were all singing the first song when suddenly without knowing why, the entire congregation, all the couples plus over 2,000 missionaries stood up and felt the most awesome, sweet, spiritual feeling. We very quickly realized that one of our apostles, Elder Holland, was walking in. It was one of the most spiritual moments I have ever experienced. If one did not believe that we have living apostles today, one would surely know after this meeting. As we listened to his words, the truthfullness of the gospel was once again witnessed to us. He spoke lovingly and yet firmly. We could feel the power of his spirit in every word that he said.
Sis. Holland spoke first: "God loves you unconditionally."
Bullets of Elder Holland's talk:
Thanked all of the missionaries for their service. "Take seriously what being a missionary means to you."
"The most important convert is you. If you do not have a testimony yet, lean on my testimony."
"Of what good is it to convert the whole world and lose yourself?"
"Spend time with the Lord, with the scriptures, and with the spirit."
"Learn to know the Savior." Mosiah 5:13 For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?
Alma 37:36 Yea and cry unto God for all they support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
If you follow these scriptures, you will be successful.
"Have your affections upon the Lord."
"Have your thoughts upon the Lord."
"Be the missionary they think you are. Soar with a cape like a super hero (I see evil, I will go down.)"
Missonaries, you have an obligaton beyond yourself."
He told the story of someone who was going to teach a lesson on the atonement. The teacher asked the question (Who do you know who is perfect?) wanting the answer to be Jesus. However a little, old lady in the back, a recent convert, raised her hand and said, "Elder-----, who baptized me. He's the most perfect person I know.:)
Elder Holland said that the key to being an effective missionary is to convey the Spirit of the Lord from your heart to their hearts. D & C 50:14 To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth.
"If it is God's church, we do it His way."
"The gift of reward is His spirit."
"Live for the gift and power of the companionship of the Holy Spirit."
"Have a divine companionship."
"There are hard days ahead. Why is this so hard? Salvation is not an easy experience."
"The road to salvation always goes through Gethsemane."

I could never tell his words very powerfully, but I want you, my children, my grandchildren, and my friends to know that I know that this man is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have felt the burning in my bosom as I listened to him speak. Our tears were flowing freely and we felt the sweetness of this servant of the Lord.

After the he was done speaking, Elder Holland gave us an apostolic blessing and said that he loved us. After the closing prayer, he waved to the congregation and blew everyone a kiss. We left by one door and the missionaries left by other doors. When we got outside, all of the missionaries were standing on the sidewalk. As we watched, Elder Holland's car drove slowly by with him waving to all of us and telling us that he loved us. All of the missionaries were waving back. What an outstanding experience we all had. I will never forget it.

2 comments:

Christine said...

i just finished reading otto johns' testimony that he sent to justin via email and it was beautiful too. Elder Holland is such an incredible speaker and what a wonderful time it must have been to be right there with him!

Robin said...

how neat is that. You guys are having some amazing experiences.