Monday, November 18, 2013

If You Are Tired About Hearing About Your Missionary Work- Nov 18

Hey family!

First of all I just love you guys! You guys rock at missionary work!

So this week our stake here had stake conference. It was so good!! I love stake conference! We were invited to the Saturday night adult session. It consisted of an amazing representation from the awesome Delaware ward! We had the father of one of the families in my ward speak. He just recently came back to activity and his son, daughter, and wife were just baptized within the last 6-7 months. He did amazing! There was not a dry eye in the chapel. Then a sister missionary in our ward named Sister Bettridge spoke. She did amazing! Then we heard from a branch presidnet who committed to Elder L Tom Perry that he was going to make the Marion Branch (One of the oldest branches into the church and a branch Elder Perry served in while on his mission) a ward in 1 years time. After him we got to be instructed by no other that President and Sister Nilsen. By the way they are the most amazing people ever. Then we heard from President Welch (the stake president). Then the Sunday morning session also conisted of recent converts my age to the church, a future missionary, the temple president and his wife, and the stake presidency. It was a wonderful meeting.

These have been my thoughts this past weekend. When it comes to missionary work we need to first understand the Atonement. Has the Atonement blessed your life? Has the Atonement changed you? The Atonement of Christ can change all people! Never judge people when it comes to accepting the gospel and letting the Atonement of Christ change them. As we pass judgements upon who we believe is ready or not, the Lord is preparing them. If you have been changed, blessed, touched, and cleasned through the power of the Atonement, why are you not sharing that power? We need to do as Peter directs and share the hope that is in us! Do not fear that which the Lord has asked you to do. Yes it can be scary to share the gospel, and it can definitley it can be awkward (ask the guy that answered the door with no clothes if that was awkward).But our fears can be swept away by the very message we share. If you believe in the Atonement, then put it to the test, and share it. You do no one a favor by not sharing with them your beliefs. Last conference the hastening of the work was compared to in importance and magnitude to the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do we understand that fully? I can not say I do but I am tryin to. The Lord is hastening His work with or without you. "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people and bring save it be ONE soul unto me how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father." You can find one! I know that there is one person for every single person that reads this that is being prepared just for you! I can promise you that. Find that person and invite, teach, and testify the doctrines and principles of the gospel that you know to be true by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Well family concerning our missionary work, we have had great things happen. As a mission we are shooting for 500+ baptisms this year. Pray for us that we may obtain our goal. We were able to teach and meet some new people this week which is always fun. We have a few people close to baptism and I hope that they enter into that convenant soon, but first off prepared.

Love you all!! Have a good week!

Elder Baird

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