Sister Shayna Larsen 2015-2017 Mexico, Mexico City Northwest Mission
Monday, July 25, 2016
July 25, 2016
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
I wanted to share a really neat experience with you all that happened yesterday:
After church, we had an appointment with an investigator named Armando. He was a street contact,
and is the director of a Catholic church choir. It was our second appointment, and in the first, he wouldn't
let us go into his house for the lesson, because his family was visit, so we had the lesson in front of his
house. He promised us that this time, we'd be able to it in his house. We showed up, and he was in front,
fixing his car, and again said that we should just do it in front of the house. Checking to see if he was really
interested, I asked him if he ready the pamphlet that we'd left him to read our last visit. He said yes, and
told us that it talked about baptism...
But then he continued to talk about Joseph Smith a little, so we figured that, yes, he did read the pamphlet.
But then he kept bringing up baptism, which I didn't get. So, we started to talk a little about baptism, and
he gave us the question, "In your church, you baptise people grown up, right?" "right" "...why?". We explained
to him why, using scriptures from the Book of Mormon, that explain it very clearly. He told us that he
understood, and that he wanted to ask his Priest about why they baptise babies then. He expressed to us
his frustration, in how he's heared from a lot of different religions, and they all say different things, and that
he didn't know what to believe. We explained to him about why we have the Book of Mormon, that it clears
up all of this confusion that comes from so many different interpretations of the same Bible. And also, we
talked about the importance of asking God, and receiving God's answer, and no one else's. That God's
opinion was the only one that mattered. We gifted him a Book of Mormon, and he said that he'd read it,
and ask God if it's true or not.
Even though we were in the street, you could feel the Spirit testifying of the truthfulness of that book.
Afterwards, Armando was more peaceful, and more respectful. He told us that he felt embarrassed that
we had the lesson while he was so dirty, we told him not to worry about it.
No matter what ends up happening with Armando, I know of the Book's truthfulness. Not because a lot
of people do or do not believe it. Not because I like what it says, or that I believe that it could be true, or
have truths. I know it is true, because God has testified it to me when I have studied and asked with faith.
It is the convincing evidence of the Restauration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these Latter-Days, and I
am so grateful for it as an evidence of God's continued love for ALL of His children.
Of these things I testify en el nombre de Jesucristo, ámen.
Sure love you all, have a great week.
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