This will probably be a short email, but I wanted to write about an experience we had with Aubrieana this week.
Receiving the Holy Ghost has literally lit up her countance... It is amazing to see the light and excitement that is in her eyes. In our first lesson with her after her baptism, she expounded her last personal study to us for 45 minutes. It was awesome.... Anyways, next to Jacob 4:6 she wrote "I found it" in the margin. I asked her what she found and she said "Well you have to read it!!!" I began to read:
"Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea."
She had found it. She had found for perhaps the first time in her life, Hope. I had a very special moment there. How often I take that hope for granted, while there are those that search and search and search for answers and for hope to no avail, and I have had the key to happiness since I was a little kid. That is what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us.
I have learned a lot of lessons this week that have been very sacred to me. I never really understood what that word meant before I came on a mission, but now I do. There are so many things that cannot be taught but can be learned. So many things that cannot be told, but can be experienced. So many things that don't have descriptive words, but can be understood. I know that God lives. He is real. I know that Jesus Christ is he son and my Savior. No one else has given me so much. I am thankful for all that I have experienced, both the pain associated with knowing sin, and the joy associated with his amazing grace. All things have worked together for my good, and it will be the same for all of us, because of our Hope which is in Christ. No matter what we go through, we can choose to rejoice, because we have this hope.
I found it. Halelujah!