Well Hello Everyone!!!!
THis week was sooooo crazy..... one of the hardest and toughest weeks on my mission and we still got 19 lessons!!!! We had doors slammed in our face and a dog peed on me and a puppy peed on Sister Wheelock, adn we had 5 planned lessons out of 25 follow through this week 2 of which ended up becoming contentious because the people where telling us we were wrong and were trying to bible bash!!!!! WOWZERS!!!!! BUT!!!! We pulled through and had 19 lessons!!!! :) 20 is the Standard of excellence and is reeeally great, and WE. WORKED. SO. HARD!! and ended up meeting some really wodnerful people in the process :) One of our members actually had a crazy experience this last week. Our Branch and the Gaffney ward didnt have enough people to create a softball team this year. Different churches in the area play against each other to create fellowship as well as to join in a game with other Christian faiths, so our member, SIster Spencer as well as a youth named Tory decided to join another church's team so that they could play. they had said it would be fine and everything, but when they showed up the preacher of the church sent one of their members to tell the 2 sisters that they were not welcome to play with them because they were part of a cult... It hurt sister Spencer since 5 of the members where her own family. They left with dignity and grace and came back telling the story to our congregation. It is just another confirmation to ME as a missionary that this is Jesus Christ's true church on the earth today. John ch. 15:18-19 Christ said " if the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because yea are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." We must always remmeber the persecution that the Primitive and early modern church faced. Jesus Chirst himself was rejected and persecuted. His apostles where then persecuted and killed leading the world into apostacy. The Prophet Joseph Smith faced tar and feathering, imprisonment and martyrdom as well in the name of Christ and the church which he commanded him to restore. We must all srtive to be as the early apostles as the pharisees beat and tried them before a court, commanding them not to preach of Christ who was Crucified any longer and they immediately went straight way, joyful to be worthy enough to be persecuted in Christ's name and continued to preach the gospel. I love you all and I want all of you to know that I know that this church is true. Joseph Smith IS the prophet of the Restoration and we should each be glad to receive persecution and be counted among those noble and great ones who died in the name of Christ. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkKblIMfmjI&feature=player_embedded - this is Testimony of the Book of Mormon Mormon Message by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
Love, Sister Dominique Montoya