This week, we had a visit from an apostle of the Lord, Elder Rasband. It was a historic day for Central America because an authority hasn't been here for many years.
I prayed all week that I would simply be able to receive the confirmation that he was a prophet of the Lord. It is something we always invite our investigators to do, but I don't think we do it enough as missionaries. As members of the church, we need to constantly strengthen our testimonies and pray for these confirmations.
I cannot explain the strong, sweet, peaceful spirit that was present as Elder Rasband spoke to us. I cannot explain the spirit I felt as I shook his hand. I know he is a prophet of God. I testify that God loves us so much that he calls living prophets to lead and guide his church. I testify that God calls prophets the same way He called them when Jesus Christ was on the Earth. He prepares and calls ordinary men to do his work.
Just as He calls prophets, He will call all of us to play a grand part in his work if we are willing to do our part and sanctify our hearts. I testify that the same spirit that speaks to prophets, seers and revelators can speak to us individually. We cannot receive salvation without personal revelation (Joseph Smith). Everyday, we can have spiritual experiences as we diligently study the scriptures and fervently pray. This same spirit is the way we are lead and guided, comforted, edified, taught, etc. This spirit gives life to our bodies and without it, we are further separated from God's love, peace, and joy.
I know my Savior lives. I know He loves me. He wants us to have JOY! That is our purpose. I know that as we follow modern prophets, read the scriptures, pray fervently, and are humble, constantly striving to be better, we can have joy and peace and truly reach our potential! Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us.
I love you all!
Have a great week.