A few doors have caught my eye in this area and so my thoughts have turned to the subject. The Savior said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” As missionaries we see a lot of doors, and often we see a lot of doors close in our face. I don’t say that with bitterness but just simply as fact. Simply because the Savior does not force himself into our lives, every single person on this earth has the power to choose to let Him in or not. He stands on the other side waiting for us to open. It is the same with us as missionaries. We try to adopt the way of the Savior. We try not to coerce, hassle, or push ourselves and our message into others lives. That is not His way and it cannot be our way. However the Lord is preparing people around the world to heed his message, and every once in a while when we knock they hear.
A hymn we focused on in a meeting this week was “The time is far spent” and particularly the last verse.
Be fixed in your purpose, for Satan will try you.
The weight of your calling he perfectly knows.
Your path may be thorny but Jesus is nigh you.
His arm is sufficient, tho demons oppose.
His arm is sufficient. I think I forget that sometimes as I try to rely on myself more than Him. We had a busy week in trying to get to know the area and the people in Bishop Auckland as well as Newton Aycliffe. Our area is huge! Just like the Darlington boundaries. Vicki and her family continue to flourish in the ward and the other members have really rallied around them. We have set a goal with them to read the Book of Mormon all the way through by the time their year anniversary of their baptism rolls around. This week will be much the same in continuing to become familiar with our surroundings, with maybe a few fireworks in between for Bonfire Night! Cheerio!
Love, Sister Zurcher