To my friends and family,
What a week. Sorry this email is a little late, we have been busy the past two days, and this is the first second we had to do anything, so here it is! Anyway some culture for the week is the 배웅. It is basically like the send off. I’ve already talked about this before I’m sure, but we had a funny experience with it this week. We went to a far off area to help a man farm and when we were finished he took us back to the main bus terminal (like 30 minutes both ways) just to make sure we got on the right bus and then went home. So pretty powerful send off. I love it haha.
I had a really cool experience this week that I won't go into too much because of time, but one thing I learned this week was to have confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
When we teach the gospel, we say that it will not only bring eternal life, but also that it will bring happiness and joy to everyone in this life if we live it. When I face trials and adversity, I try to stop and think to myself "Do you really believe this? Do you really believe that this gospel and its principles and the teachings of Jesus Christ can really help anyone, regardless of their situation, to find peace, satisfaction, and true joy?" Sometimes, to be honest I think that a lot of us feel "yea the gospel works, but not in this thing. Not in this problem."
I testify to you that the gospel works in any situation, problem, and for any person. It will never be easy, and the answer may not be readily available, but I am confident in the power of the gospel. I know that through prayer, scripture study, keeping the commandments, repenting, keeping covenants with God, and developing Christ-like attributes and other principles of the gospel, no matter how difficult the problem, how far from the path, or how you feel right now, that the gospel can and will help you if you put it to the test. I am confident in the gospel, and I am not ashamed of the words of Christ. I hope that I will be given the strength to continue living the gospel and that I can be an instrument in helping others feel the same joy and receive the same help that I have. It is my sincere prayer that it may be the same for all of you.