Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there!
This past week, I can’t think of anything in particular to share. Not a whole lot of people have been answering the door, which isn’t fun. It seems on average for every 10 doors knocked, about 2 people answer. It’s been hard to get in contact with people and get a hold of them, but nonetheless all is well. Everyone is healthy again, so that’s good. Mother’s Day was yesterday, so that was nice getting to use Skype again and seeing how out-of-touch with programs I am whenever I see Skype and I think, “What the heck did they do to this thing? I don’t even know how to use this anymore!”
I don’t have a whole lot to say except that I have learned a lot the past several weeks. About the world and about the Gospel and about people – human nature and everything. Missions are probably the most interesting thing in the world. You learn a LOT about people around you and you learn a lot about yourself… and in turn, you learn a lot about God and his Son, Jesus Christ.
Something I have discovered with talking to people on the street or entering into people’s homes, even if they are inactive members, is how dark the world is today because people have lost hope. We all experience hardships in this life and sometimes when experiencing those hardships, it is easy to point the blame to God. When people get to that point, they stop believing that God loves them. And they would rather have a God that doesn’t exist than a God that doesn’t love them, so it leads them to choose not to believe in Him at all. It is a tragedy I have seen and am seeing countless times. It’s a tragedy I have felt in my own life when I forget the doctrine that God loves me. In 1 John 4: 7-11, it reads:
” 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. ”
The very first principle we teach people as Missionaries is that “God is our Loving Heavenly Father.” It’s the very first principle for a reason. It’s crucial to their understanding and desire to come unto the Savior. Only by knowing and understanding this can we continue on. Too many people forget this principle in their lives or because hardships come into their life, they refuse to believe in this principle and thereby choose to refuse to believe in God. When we do that, we only damage ourselves. But that is why the church is here. God works His miracles through His servants. Each of us need to share God’s love to those around us and show them that we do have a God who Lives. We have a Savior who Lives and knows and understands us completely and as such can be there for us each and every day. “During the Good, the Bad, the In-between, He Is Here.” This is my testimony that I know Christ Lives and that He is the way to Salvation. He Restored His Church upon the earth so that we may be able to come and Find Him, and I pray that we do so in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Love, Elder Foxx
Watch Video message from Elder Foxx (this is when he was Skyping with us on Mother’s Day)