Monday, February 24, 2014

Great week was topped with a visit from apostle Jeffrey R. Holland!

Dear Friends and Family,

This week has been a very busy one.  We met with a lot of people!  Out of the investigators we have right now, one has a baptismal date.  He is a good kid.  His faith is building.  We love him.  Another one is a sister.  She is 50 some years old.  She is a very nice lady.  In the past she has been Buddhist, but she decided to meet with missionaries because they knocked on her door looking for her less-active son.  She is very nice, but she does not want us to pressure her about baptism.  We have some other new ones coming out and I'll talk about some more next week.

Mostly I wanted to talk about our visit from the apostle Jeffrey R. Holland.  He came and spoke in Wan Chai chapel.  It was so awesome.  He is speaking to the missionaries alone tomorrow, so I am very excited for that.  He is now covering the Asian Area for the church so we are all very excited.  In his talk, he spoke about our dispensation.  He said this was the greatest dispensation of all time.  It is the dispensation that will prepare the church for the second coming of Christ.  We will give the church to him.  He talked about the ancient Church and even the Church in Joseph Smith's time: they were all called to run away.  When trouble came, they were to go to a promised land.  A land away from their enemies.  He said this quote specially regarding our dispensation: "We will no longer run.  We will no longer flee.  But we will turn, confront, and conquer Babylon." 

He said that it must be done.  It is interesting that in this time period, there really is no place to run. This is the time when we will stand against Babylon.  Clear as the moon, fair as the sun...  If we are hiding, it is time to come out.  I've never felt more positive in my life that this is the most important thing I could ever be doing with my life right now.  I am so grateful to be doing it.  I know that this gospel is true.  This cause is greater than any other in the world.  Thank you all for your love and support. 

Elder Phillips

PS. Mom, I got the package.  The chips and salsa were so delicious. The chocolates were also very good.  There was also some hygiene crap in there like floss and vitamins, but I threw those away so don't worry :) 

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