So, this week was pretty great. We have made a goal to give out two Books of Mormon every day, and we have been able to see miracles from that.
Something that I would like to focus on is a talk that a friend (Sister Jones!!) sent last week, by Elder Bednar. He talks about a scripture found in D y C 19:18, which says:
18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink
He talks about an experience of a young couple where the husband had just been diagnosed with bone cancer after 3 weeks of marriage. Elder Bednar asked them if they had the faith to not be healed. I was like...say what? Do I have the faith to submit myself to the will of the Lord like they did and like Jesus did? Because of His love for us he did not shrink, He did what he came to do. I started to read the Book of Mormon again with this theme. looking to find the examples of people who didn't shrink, and see why they were able to do what the Lord expected of them. The first example that I found was in 1 Nephi, where the Lord tells him to kill Laban:
10 And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban; but I said in my heart: Never at any time have I shed the blood of man. And I shrunk and would that I might not slay him.
And...Nephi, knowing and being led by the spirit, didn't shrink. Haha, now my whole life is finding people who don't shrink. My ancestors, my present family, and so many others who are firm examples of not shrinking. I am so grateful for the Atonement, and for all of the strength that is given to us so that we don't shrink. I love you all and hope that you have a good week!