Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 21, 2014 "Temple Tuesday"

Hey everyone,
Well hopefully from the subject you know why I am writing to you guys on Tuesday. We went to the temple today and it was amazing. My companion and I were so excited to go to the temple again and really worked hard so the week would go by faster. Went to the Los Angeles Temple again but took a little bit more time to look around. We got a super cool "tour" of the baptistry and it was amazing. Just a few cool facts about it:
1. Los Angeles is one of the few temples that does both the baptism and confirmation ordinance in the font. They have a metal chair connected to the font and they do both at the same time. Kinda cool.
2. They have a mural of Christ getting baptized in the baptistry right next to the font. A few years ago President Howard W. Hunter said the painting of Christ was the most accurate painting of Chirst. Kinda cool as well.
So ya that was definitely the highlight of the week. I can't explain how excited I was to go to the temple today. I am so grateful to have a temple so close to our mission and for the opportunity of going every 3 months. It truly is a beautiful place, and a place you can really feel close to our Heavenly Father. I just love the temple and so grateful to have the opportunity to do the work for our brothers and sisters.
Thanks for all of the updates. Alot has definitely happen since I left on the mission. That is super suprising, and funny, that Annie got married, I thought for sure she was going to wait for Paul. Oh well guess we will see what happens later. Also really liked the pictures of dad doing Crossfit. Looking super good and glad to hear about the success you are having with that.
Well just a quick update for the week in our area. Still working hard and we are really starting to see the blessings that come from hard work. We received 3 referrals this week and 2 of the 3 started investigating the church. One of them is a family and we picked up 5 new investigators for the week. It was a really cool experience.
We stopped by and met the dad, who said he was too busy and that we should come by some other time. Well we started talking with him, at this point nothing doctrinal, and he shared about how he has feelings of fear and nervousness in his house due to the previous owners. The previous owners had alot of their kids get injured in the house so he had some fear about the safety of his own children. Then the idea of dedicating their home came to my mind and we shared the idea with him. He accepted, invited us in, then had us wait 10 minutes for his wife to get home from the store. During that time he brought his children out and we just started talking with them and got to know them better. Then his wife got home, and we quickly explained about dedicating a home and quickly about the gospel blessing families. Then we offered a prayer to dedicate their home, and immediately the Spirit filled the room and everyone felt it. In fact the mom started crying and immediately invited us back.
It was really cool to see the Spirit touch the hearts of another family. I am now just starting to see how important the Spirit is in this work, and how important it is to follow the Spirit in every situation. I could see two examples of the Spirit working in this finding opportunity. First reminding me of the dedication of a home and example  of it (Thanks Steve). Second the Spirit testifying of the truth and confirming the love of our Heavenly Father. Such a great experience and one I will never forget.
Well this is turing into a novel. Thanks for everything you guys do. I hope that you all have a great week, and strive to follow the quiet promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Love you all,
Elder Roberts