We were blessed this week with every single one of our lessons holding, which is incredible. We are teaching a lot which is always nice.
We have four incredible people progressing with a date and we are expecting two baptisms on the 30th! One of whom is Beena - she is so perfect and loves the church so much. We fasted and prayed for her and she keeps telling us, "I'm very close, very very close." That has been an odd teaching experience with Beena. She's lovely though. We also are having a baptism for a 10 year old girl, Michelle Cass. She is so smart. I'm very impressed.
Everything is going good with the work! Keep praying for us :-)
I love this verse because Jesus Christ will never force anything upon us. He will never force happiness, joy, peace, anything. He knocks and he waits, he waits until we humble ourselves enough to open the door -- make the changes in our lives to allow him into our lives. I think the verse after that fits in really well, too. In verse 21 it says: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
I have a firm testimony that we can all overcome anything. It takes a good mindset, a positive attitude, and most importantly faith that the Savior and his father will "handle it" if we are faithful - I love in 1 John 3:22 where it says: "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." As long as we are doing what we are asked to be doing, we will receive all of the blessings that we stand in need of.
One of my favorite versus to close is 1 John 4:19: "We love him, because he first loved us."