Monday, February 1, 2016

Staying on the Old Ship Zion

Hello Family,

     Well I certainly hope things start getting better for all of you as far as health goes, it sounds like just about everyone has now had or is currently having some kind of problem.  I hope everyone gets better soon. Also there really must be quite the amount of snow if everyone is getting stuck so bad, granted yes the rain probably didn't help, but I hope you all stay safe on the roads as well, especially Nicole.
     Well the whole zone leader gig is going fine so far, needless to say it has only been about 5 or 6 days.  It still hasn't been and I'm not sure if it will be as stressful as being the Financial Secretary, although I still get called in to do that about once a week.  Opening an area again has been pretty fun so far. Elder Saludar and I have been going around finding the members in the area and sharing short messages with them to start building their trust in us and to get some guides to point us to other members or potential investigators.  

       On Sunday as we walked in the door the Bishop of our ward asked me to be the concluding speaker, so yes I'm applying the things I've learned from all the other times I was asked to speak back home unexpectedly. So I sat up on the stand and threw a few thoughts together on The Book of Mormon and related it back to Elder M. Russel Ballard's talk about "Staying on the Old Ship Zion" and referenced how The Book of Mormon something we can hang onto and one of the things that holds the ship together.  It's awesome to realize that in the span of almost 200 years even with all the new discovers, analyses, and even with wicked and conspiring men, there has not been one true fact that has been able to disprove anything that is in the Book of Mormon.  It truly is the keystone of our religion, and one of the best ways to help us come to a better understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Plan of Salvation which help guide us and give us peace, hope and strength in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.  I shared how I really enjoyed the times that we were able to read it as a family as it helped me to realize just how important the Book of Mormon was in your lives, and it gave me the opportunity to hear your thoughts and testimony of the gospel.

      After sacrament meeting there were a lot of members that said they appreciated the talk and were excited to schedule a time for us to come and visit them this week.  I'm hoping this is a good sign that the members are starting to trust us, and with any luck within the next few weeks will be much more willing to participate in the work and be able to see a lot of progress here in the Novaliches Ward.  That has already been evidenced a little bit last week as after visiting a member and having a short lesson, she quickly referred us to 2 friends that she had and they both accepted the invitation to be baptized after that.  

     As for a person for the week, it's a little hard to choose as I have met a lot a new faces this past week and many have been really great, but I guess if I have to choose one it would be Brother Lorenzo (Renz).  He just turned 18 not too long ago and has already sent in his mission papers and is waiting on a call, but he has been one of the biggest helps this week in helping us explore our area.  He worked with us twice last week and even if his schedule was pretty busy he was still willing to try to shuffle things around to be able to come out and work with us.  He has been an example to his mother who was less active before but is now returning, and he is excited and hoping that the experiences he is able to have on his mission that he can help his father who is not a member become more receptive to the gospel and begin investigating and be baptized.  It is always fun to see that even at that age the gospel has touched his life and given him enough light that he has been able to guide other members of his family and also be so willing to be apart of the work of the Lord.

     That about does it for me this week.  I hope you all get to feeling better and stay safe with the snow and cold.  

Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

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