General Conference Week

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Here is a nice photo of a beautiful sunset in Ghana.

We Got to Watch Conference

This past week we had General Conference! Yay! I actually did get to watch three sessions, one of which was live. The Sunday morning session- which I watched from 4pm-6pm, was wonderful. Although, I really missed the potluck we would have at home between the sessions. I also got to watch the Priesthood session and the Saturday afternoon session.

In the Priesthood session, Elder LeGrand Curtis talked about the Book of Mormon and some experiences in Ghana. What he said about President Owusu Hini was true, how he overcame severe prejudices to accept the Book of Mormon. In fact, all throughout Ghana it is commonly preached that The Book of Mormon is evil. They call it the ‘Book of Mammon’ claiming that we worship spirits of ancestors and we call them in our church meetings. Sometimes, when I have been out teaching someone and pull out a Book of Mormon, they won’t even touch it because of what they have heard about it. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon was the one talked about in that conference talk.

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)

The saddest part about this is that people trust what they have heard more than their own experience or seeking for their own experience. I more often hear, “I won’t because my pastor told me not to read it” rather than, “I’ve heard something bad, but let me see if it’s true.”

The Promise made in Moroni 10:3-5 is real. Those who sincerely read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it’s true, will gain a witness by the Holy Ghost that indeed it is true. There are no ifs, buts, or ands about it. It sometimes varies exactly how and when God answers, but He answers. And remember what Elder Oaks has said. Revelation is most often received when we are on the move. Most people gain their witness as they are talking about it after they have been on their knees sincerely praying about it. That one for me is true. I know the Book of Mormon is true and as I seriously study it, I feel the Spirit of The Lord. I know it and I can’t deny it.

Another Goat

Switching gears- something interesting happened today. We were asked to help an investigator to slaughter a goat, but there was one condition, I had to hold the knife and kill the goat…… So I did.

To be honest, it was the first animal that I have ever killed and I was shaking before and after. My heart was pounding and the adrenaline was going. One of the main reasons why I said yes is because when I get back home I will be interested in doing some hunting during deer season. So I figured this is a good way to jump in head first. Afterwards, they cooked and served it to us, but it wasn’t as good as the one before. But hey, I was the one that killed it this time.

Thats basically my report for this week!

With all my love,

Elder Gilbert

P.S. Here is the quote from Moroni:

 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
 PPS  I have recently found out that it is against mission rules to slaughter any animals, so I won’t be doing that anymore, even if it is a common practice and way of life here in Ghana.
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