Monday, May 5, 2014

"Great Meeting, Surprise Apostalic Visit, Know about you Book of Mormon, & Sprinting to the finish."

What a week... We've had meeting after meeting, but oh how we've been graced...  It's totally what we have today! it answered a question I've had for a while about why the saints are so few in a huge world :)) To start things off, we taught for a good twenty minutes at a big combined leadership meeting with all the zone leaders, assistants, president, and his counselors. It went really well! We made a huge paper, with folded up hidden sections, and talked about how as it says in
1 Nephi 10:19, "For he that DILIGENTLY SEEKETH shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be UNFOLDED unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round."

We went through, setting goals/objectives on the board, and then planned out our day. We told them to choose any hour, and then asked how could they be the most diligent in this activity? After like seven answers, we say REVELATION! We gave examples of finding a family to teach, or something like the Mission president calling you telling you that his friend from Florida has moved up to NC and would like to be taught by you. It went really well! President really liked it! we thought long and hard how to get that to work out, and the spirit took us step by step with it :) It's such a great life principle! Set your objective, do your best, and "Be still, and know that [He] is God". It happens all the time ;)

TALKING ABOUT MIRACLES....... President as giddy as can be (it's fun to see him get giddy) tells us, "Elders and sisters, I received a call from Elder Pyper of the 70 last night at 11:00, and he told me that Elder Anderson would like to come down and tour the mission tomorrow. We apologize that it's last minute, but we'd love to spend some time with you and your missionaries....." "no eye hath seen, nor ear hath heard" the crazy joy we all felt!! hahahahaha that was so crazy.... So we called all of the missionaries throughout the mission, got the rides worked out, and in less than 24 hours, were graced by the presence of Elder Anderson!! :) :) I got to shake his hand!! Whoot !!! He was so calm, so light, and hilarious! He talked to us about the importance of teaching repentance, praying on your knees, and knowing your favorite atonement stories to share in the scriptures. He gave a great insight about Abinadi about how before he died, right after he was filled with the power of God, he gave one more message, and it was the Atonement of Jesus Christ, as he had learned so well from the chapters of Isaiah. How blessed are we to have the Book of Mormon? Through so many years the Jews in the Old testament didn't fully comprehend the coming of the Messiah, but Nephi, as he diligently sought these things for himself, changed a nation of people, and millions to come. I'm grateful that the words of Isaiah were so plain and precious to him, for us to benefit so richly from now!

He went on to tell us about how the United states will come to a point, where they will not believe in Christ, and that the Book of Mormon will be an anchor for the souls of many... You could really feel the vision as he said it... He also said start now to put the Book of Mormon so deep in your hearts that you'll never be able to get it out! After this somewhat dark prophecy, he said so lightly and cheerfully, "If you read the Book of Mormon, you'll be GREAT!" Haha!! He was hilarious and so down to earth! It was a such a good time..  We've all been so edified... after it was over, since the whole mission was there, I got to see a lot of missionaries I've worked with. It's the best feeling to see missionaries that you've loved and labored so much for, have the Light of Christ in their eyes, and to hear how good they're doing. One particular very young missionary came up and just embraced me. (he's super short so I just picked him up).  It's hard to comprehend the Eternal effects we have on each other out here... I've seen missionaries change into spiritual giants, and what great calling can I have as a leader to see them grow the way they have? The best thing I learn everyday on my mission, is the important truth, that if you want to find true peace and purpose, serve someone with no intent, except it being their eternal welfare, their well-being, their growth. The Savior's taken care of all the rest, and as we put that belief to action, we change, every day. So good. It feels like a dream! He just kinda, showed up, spoke for two hours and left :) So good!!

One more thing before I head out here. Our fast and testimony meeting was overrun by kids... like 8-9 kids bore their testimony!  I can't believe how powerful this generation coming is... Moroni 8:17 came to mind :)
"And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation." It was very touching.

Then we had dinner with the bishop, talked about Elder Anderson and their meeting with him! What a week... We've driven two full tanks in about 3 days :)
The life of a zone leader! :D

Well, I love you all so much! Yikes, talk about enduring to the end here... This is that time in the race, (mission), where you play your favorite song on your iPOD (whatever that is) and sprint to the finish ;)
I Love y'all,
Elder Langford

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