1) This is for my Dad. There is a Swiss comedian and in one of his programs he refers to the Mormons in Utah as Hormones (the two words are even more similar in German) because they have so many children. The other day we approached a young woman in the street and she looked at us all confused. After listening to us presenting ourselves she said: "I do not understand... Hormones... like the ones in your body?" I had to try so hard not to laugh out loud and since then I am always introducing us as "the Church of Jesus Christ". Less confusing and stating clearly that Jesus Christ is the center of our believes.
2) We found a lovely new Investigator. She is 29, has a daughter who's 7 years old and we teach them English 2-3 times a week. Since we are missionaries, at the end of every class we also share something about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. One time we left her with the text “The Family—A Proclamation to the World.” A great and truly inspired message to world and I invite you all to read it. So did Marina, our investigator and I think she did like it. Unfortunately, she also inquired of us to know if we had called our mothers. When we explained to her that we only call our families twice a year she was not well pleased... For more than have an hour she explained to us that we must call our mothers at least once every week. Included in that lecture was the whole story of how she gave birth to her daughter, starting with almost 10 months of pregnancy, considering every single contraction during delivery and ending in the confusion thereafter over the sex of the newborn child.
3) Let's get a little more spiritual. Moises, a 35 year old man from the Philippines, wanted to get baptized last Saturday. For the fourth time he had set a date for his baptism and we were confident that he would actually go through with it this time. But he did not show up on Friday for his Interview and on the day of his baptism he was nowhere to be found. We tried to call him. We knocked on all the doors in the neighborhood. And we asked his mother three times if she knew where here son was. Only after the third time she told us that he had called her and that he does not want anything to do with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were disappointed and sad but to cut a long story short. The next day we met him in front of his house, sat down in the park and he explained to us that his family is doing everything they can to keep him form being baptized. But no matter what, Moises keeps reading in the scriptures. He keeps praying and he will try again.
This young man is a great example to me and I would like to add my testimony to his example. No matter how hard it is. Through the Scriptures, Prayer and the Ordinance of the Sacrament we can receive and experience the "Enabling Power" of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. With his help we can overcome any challenge and difficulty we have to face in the course of our life. Never turn away from the source of infinite strength, comfort and peace and seek it diligently through frequent prayer, daily study and partaking of the sacrament every Sunday. I can promise you that by applying those principles in your life, whether you will start now or just do it more consciously, you will receive all the blessings your loving heavenly father has prepared for you.
"The Family--A Proclamation to the world"