I was able to participate in a very spiritually uplifting meeting with Elder Rasband, one of the new Apostles. He visited our mission and had a mission conference with us in Baton Rouge. We shook his hand before the meeting. After shaking his hand, I felt the power and authority he held as an Apostle. It was like that mantle of authority was tangible in that room, and just being around him made you a better person. It was a testament to me that the Apostles and first presidency are lead by Christ to lead His church. That meeting changed my perspective of the mission. It reminded me of the importance of my calling and how I should treat it that way. There is no place I would rather be right now. Sometimes I forget that and loose focus of my purpose and why I'm out here. But that meeting was a strong reminder of why I am here.
He also talked a lot about the importance of names and how names, especially Christ's name, has power. It means the world to someone when we remember their names. When we testify in the name of Christ, there's literal power behind it. There is a reason why we pray, do ordinances, and act in the name of Christ at all times. When we were baptized, we promised to take upon ourselves His name. I suggest you ponder this principle, as I will be doing the same.
Leon is still progressing, although he didn't come to church yesterday. He is becoming interested in the Book of Mormon. Hopefully he begins to read it.
We visited Dalton's girlfriend with Brother Naquin. Her name is Alicia. She has been struggling lately, and needed help from God, so she reached out to us. I promised in the name of Christ, that if she kept the commitments we extended to her, she would be able to overcome the trials in her life. Brother Naquin testified about how good he felt after being baptized, and she said that is what she wanted. We will be working more with her to take those steps towards baptism.
Yola and Johny are another family that we contacted from the Bible referral system. We met with them and they are very interested in learning more.
This week has been good. I think I need to simplify right now and focus in on the most important things going on.
Love y'all. Hope y'all have a fantastic week!
Love, Elder Chandler Allen