It has been a good week. On Thursday we went to Orpington to meet with the sisters there. They wanted me to talk to the parents of one of our recent converts. Amy joined the church two months ago and she is thinking of going to Egypt and Palestine to study Arabic and Hebrew as part of her degree. Her parents were worried and wanted to know more about the situation there. Sadly, the parents could not meet with us. So, we ended up having dinner only with Amy. We went to a Turkish restaurant. There was no one in there except us and two Iraqis (I think they were from Iraq by the accent). It was actually good food, as close to Turkish food as you can get. I got the Beyti Kebab and it brought back old memories of Turkey.
After dinner we joined the sisters and met with one of their investigators. This man said he wanted to join the church and was so interested in getting baptized. However, we all noticed he was not ready for baptism because he does not read the scriptures and does not seem to know much about the gospel and our church. The sisters will continue to meet with him and help him out. I told him to try and read the book of Mormon every day and promised him that he will find more joy and peace in his life when he does that. We encouraged him to pray to know that there are prophets on the earth today.
As we drove to where this person lives we passed Darwin's house (see below). Darwin was actually born in England, Did you know that? How interesting that on the same street that Darwin was raised in, we sat with a young man from Ghana and testified to him of God, the creator of all things and of the love Heavenly Father has to all His children on this earth.
We had two new missionary couples arrive. The Boones and the Preeces. The Boones knew the Ohmans and have been to the Holy Land before. We were glad to finally find rooms for them to stay at the accommodations here so they can rest before they drive to their respected areas. The Preeces have to drive to Bristol and we didn't feel comfortable sending them that far without some rest. We went to Frankie and Bennys after doing some shopping. I had Elder Preece drive and he did very well. He did not drive on the wrong side of the road even once.
On Tuesday Elder Evans from the seventy came to speak to us. We gathered missionaries from 4 zones and met at the Crawley Chapel. It was an amazing meeting. He is a great speaker. He talked about the the Book of Mormon. He encouraged us to help others find the power that lies within that book and the knowledge it brings to us. He said people should start reading the book from the start, not from the middle. The first few verses in the very first chapter teach us so much.
Verse 1: Parents, Fathers, journals
I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
Verse 4: Prophets, repentance
For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.
Verse 6: Prayer, answers to prayers, Revelation
And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much..
Verse 8: Nature of God
And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.
Verse 9: Jesus Christ
And it came to pass that he saw One [the Savior] descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day.
Verse 10: Apostles
And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.
61 Wherefore, go to, and call servants, that we may labor diligently with our might in the vineyard, that we may prepare the way, that I may bring forth again the natural fruit, which natural fruit is good and the most precious above all other fruit.
62 Wherefore, let us go to and labor with our might this last time, for behold the end draweth nigh, and this is for the last time that I shall prune my vineyard.
These are surely the last days and the Lord is calling more laborers to work in his vineyard so they can bring His children back to Him. What an honor it is to be one of those laborers and have the opportunity to assist in this work.