I really felt something special this past Easter Sunday, a special spirit surrounding those sacred days. I love this time of year because it gives us all an opportunity to gain a better understanding and testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I read chapters 26, 27, and 28 in the book of Matthew over the weekend, which talks about the suffering of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. I love these chapters because they help me learn more about the life and purpose of Jesus Christ. What I loved most is what He says to His apostles after His resurrection in Matthew 28:18-20 ...
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. Amen.
Many people in today’s world focus so much on His death and how terrible and awful his pain and suffering was. We recognize that He did suffer for our sins and die for us, but we worship and know the LIVING Christ, the one that is and always will be with us. He LIVES. His ministry continues after his resurrection. I love the promise He gives to visit His "other sheep" in John 10:16 ...
"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
Those other sheep He visited were the people here in the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a record of His visitation and ministry to the people here. I know that because I have read it. Every page of the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. There were people here that knew of Christ's birth, ministry, atonement, death, and resurrection. There were prophets called of God here because people needed that sacred guidance from our Father in Heaven. God loves all of His children. That is why we have The Book of Mormon, because with it we have the full record of the life of Jesus Christ. The Bible occurred in the Middle East and events in The Book of Mormon happened here in the Americas. We have both of these records written by prophets so that we can gain a greater understanding and testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ and His Gospel. The promise of The Book of Mormon is that ANY person that reads it and prays to our Heavenly Father about it with a sincere heart can know if it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the way our Heavenly Father reveals truth to us. It is like a still small voice, a warm feeling in your heart, a feeling of peace and comfort inside of you. Anyone can receive an answer. God is the source of ALL truth and He will reveal to you if these things are true. All you have to do is kneel, pray and ask Him if The Book of Mormon is true.
Veronica (the sister of our recent convert Juan) and her boyfriend Antonio have committed to being married and baptized on the 28th of April. We are so excited for them. They both continue to grow so much and increase their faith through living the commandments of God. Veronica came to church on Sunday and then, after we ate dinner with her at our branch president’s house, she told us that in that home it felt like she knew us from long before and that it felt like home to her. We explained to her that we are children of our Heavenly Father and before this life on earth we ALL lived together. She said she loved the feeling she felt there and was grateful for this gospel. She told us, "Yo quiero seguir adelante" (I want to continue onward). It is an amazing thing to witness this and be a part of these people’s lives. I feel that I have the privilege to love as Christ loves here in my mission.