I don’t really know what to write about this week, so I’ll tell you a story our investigator told us. We were talking to him about the Gospel, and I don’t know how we got on the topic, but he told us that his brother had died. His brother was the type of guy that everyone loved. He pretty much excelled in eveything he did. He died when he was pretty young, in his 30s I think. He joined the military of Guatemala just to please his dad, and he did super well. The government loved him and gave him all kinds of special privileges and rights and money and he essentially had his life made for him. But he quit after earning a title, because that’s what his dad had wanted–just one of his sons to earn a certain title in the Guatemalan military. He quit, and gave the title to his father, leaving behind all of the rights, privileges, and fame that he had earned. That’s honoring your father if I’ve ever seen it. On another occasion, he went to a 5 star restaurant (top of the line stuff here) and bought it out for an entire afternoon. He then went to the street market, and talked to dozens of destitute people, scraping by and even begging to survive, and told them to come to this 5-star place. He told them they could eat to their hearts desire, a fantastic meal that they never could have otherwise attained, and he personally waited on every single one of the people that showed up. He, himself alone, attended personally to every single one of these meek, poor souls. It reminded me of Christ when he came to the Americas and bade the people to come one by one to him, to know for themselves that he was their Redeemer and the Savior of all mankind. It was an incredible to hear of someone so Christlike here in these times.
Now, with all this hubbub about the Pope resigning and saying he wants to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (please, someone confirm that. We’ve heard it from our members, but we think it’s just a rumor at this point), and everyone saying that the Second Coming is gonna happen within the next 30-40 years, it comforts me to know that there are still genuinely good people like this man’s brother out there, LDS or not. I am of the opinion that the Second Coming won’t happen during my lifetime, rather that of my kids or grandkids. I’ve got no doctrine or any evidence to back it up except that I think the world has a long way to go, and there is SO MUCH hope left in the world for each and every one of us! That being said, I’ve still got to be ready for the Millenium at any moment. I can’t procrastinate the day of my repentance.
I invite everyone to live the Gospel more fully in their lives! Whatever aspect you may be lacking it, don’t give up! You can keep your head above water if you just keep enduring. That’s a promise!
I love you all very much, and am already excited about General Conference!!!