Last week we met this woman, I think I mentioned her in my last email. She's had a tough life...but we had one lesson with her and she came to church the next day. We've had about 4 lessons now and I can't believe how incredible she is. My testimony of the Atonement has been strengthened so much. She genuinely wants to change and everything that we talk to her about she wants to know for herself. Her faith is increasing and we can see it through her actions. Before we even taught her about the word of wisdom she's thrown out her smoking stuff, she just keeps saying that she wants to be "clean". She's also sharing what she's learned with her daughter and granddaughter, who live with her, coming to church, and not being ashamed of what she's learning.
My testimony of the power of change through the Atonement has grown because, after only knowing about this for a week, she has made such a dramatic change in her life. There's a talk by Elder Holland called "Missionary Work and the Atonement". He says, "...the essential message of the gospel, the starting point for all other truths, is this from the Master's own lips: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.' Thus the Atonement of Christ, which makes that return to the Father possible, is rightfully seen as the central fact, the crucial foundation, and the chief doctrine of the great and eternal plan of salvation--'our Heavenly Father's plan,' which we are called to teach."
As missionaries our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. All of this is centered on the Atonement. As we each have a desire to change and be better we can grow in our faith because of the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I love you all and hope you have an amazing week, I'm super excited for the Christmas season and remembering the birth of our savior :) Watch the new Christmas video if you haven't yet, it's on christmas.mormon.org
((this is the neighborhood that we live in)