We met him about three weeks ago. It was late at night and we were on the way back to our apartment. As we were walking up "testimony hill" (the steep slope you need to overcome to get to our apartment) there was a guy in dirty clothes pushing an empty wheelbarrow. When we had already passed by him, he called after us so we stopped, started talking to him and he invited us to his home.
His home has to be considered more as a ruin than an actual house. There are four walls and a roof but there is now power, no water, no functioning bathroom and the paint is falling from every wall onto the dirty, uneven floor. It was not too hard to guess that he was an alcoholic and he was dirty from working in the field of his uncle to make some money.
After we sat down by the light of a candle, he told us how he had lost everything within one and a half months. He went from looking after his mother with Alzheimer and living with his two little kids to nothing. He also explained to us that he does not believe in God at all and that it was a great risk for us to talk to him. He would convince us to get rid of our white shirts and ties because God does not exist. We could also tell that he did not lie when he was telling us about his good education, because he understands a lot of physics and medicine, though it did not do him any good.
This was Kiko three weeks ago. Now let me tell you about the Kiko of today.
He stopped drinking. He is working with a doctor and the judge to get his kids back. Together with his nephew he is cleaning, renovating and painting his home. And he is reading in the scriptures and praying to God in the name of Jesus Christ.
All I can do is thank my Father in Heaven for the opportunity to witness this marvelous change in Kiko. I cannot take any credit for it, but I am so grateful to be a part of it. President Boyd K. Packer taught:
“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”
(President Boyd K. Packer “Little Children,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 17)
That is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do for us. His teachings and commandments are not given to burden and restrain us. If understood and applied, they will change us. Change us for the better. His teachings can change us for the very best there is.
Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior and Redeemer is the one who created all things in the first place and he is also the only one who has suffered everything. But if there is one thing he knows better than anyone, it is how to be happy. He created all the circumstances we will every find ourselves in and he has experienced every single one of them. Therefore, he knows exactly what the path to peace, joy and happiness is and he has given it to us through his teachings. Be it through his prophets of old times, his own words or the teachings of our modern prophets: it is the same.
Every single one of us has something he or she would like to change in his or her life. Something we would like to leave behind or something new we would like to add--but it seems impossible. Let me tell you the one thing I learned from Kiko's example: Because of Jesus Christ, everything is possible.
Take a minute to watch "Because of Him": https://www.lds.org/youth/video/because-of-him?lang=eng