From: Ethan Cade Brimhall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 11:12 AM
This week we proselyted with all of my male recent converts! Christopher on Tuesday, Solomon on Wednesday, Alex on Thursday, and Francis on Friday. They did great! They were all quiet most of the time as they get used to things, but I am really trying to get them into the missionary spirit so they too can serve missions. Start ’em early. Francis even saved up to buy a phone just so he could proselyte better with us. Alex is the assistant ward mission leader and the other three have either already been called as ward missionaries or will be next Sunday. What a privilege it has been to serve these young men!
We met with the Young Men and Young Women Presidents and the Primary President this week to see if they had any challenges. It was an insightful project. We are trying to get all of the auxiliary and quorum presidencies to have weekly meetings, inter-presidency at least, preceding the bi-monthly ward council meeting so that it can be more productive.
Elder Biney and I have been finding ways to work better together. We borrowed a member’s okada (motorbike) and rode that to an appointment that we were a little late for and it was about to rain. He said we have free access to it whenever – haha – people here are crazy. It was a fun bonding experience for the two of us.
One really good lesson we had this week was with Christopher, our golden recent convert. We talked with him about what it means to be a child of God, and I felt such an outpouring of the Spirit the entire time we discussed. 45 minutes of continuously holding back tears was an incredible experience. It’s difficult for me to feel the Spirit when I teach in Krio because it is not a precise language, so I can’t say things exactly the way I want to say them. But in English, words just come to my mouth and Christopher understands it all. There’s a power in language. That’s doctrine. 😉
A thought that came to me as I was re-reading Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage. Exaltation is all about attitude. If you want to know your answer to the age-old question “am I good enough in light of the requirements of justice?” just ask yourself another question: “do I have a desire to continually do what is right, and do I always try to make up for my mistakes?” If the answer to the latter compounded question is yes, then you are good enough. Exaltation will come to those who acquire the attitude of continual improvement. It’s all about that eternal perspective. Laying it all on the altar means gaining the desire to do God’s will, and enacting that with all your heart. If you have that desire, act upon that desire, and repent for the times you fail to act or act in disagreement with God’s will, you are good enough. It has been an answer to my recent prayers on if God approves of my missionary service. Knowing for yourself by the power of the Holy Ghost can be an answer to your own requests of: “Am I good enough?” I bear witness that God loves us as his literal offspring. We each have within ourselves the DNA of Divinity. And should we choose to pay attention to our sixth sense, to grow and to nurture it, we will obtain exaltation and eternal joy.
Excerpts from other letters…
I’m glad Caleb got his Eagle project approved and that I’ll get to participate in that! It’ll be a fun project to get me back into the swing of things.
I’ve found that my prayers to soften my heart towards my companion have helped me remain humble and willing to compromise, a challenge I had the first time I served with him.
We have baptized almost all of the investigators I had at the beginning of my time in Njaie Town, so we were down to 4 this past Sunday, only a few of which are very serious and we will baptize them very soon. We are working on getting new investigators in our teaching pool.
I recently started writing down my thoughts that I would like to share with the high council and our ward in my talk. I wish I started that earlier though.
I can say that I finally learned how to “lay it all on the altar”. It took a change of perspective, something that I myself could not accomplish. I had to ask the Lord for it on my knees in humble prayer.