Hope of Israel

Hope of Israel, Zion's army,
Children of the promised day,
See, the Chieftain signals onward,
And the battle's in array!

Hope of Israel, rise in might
With the sword of truth and right;
Sound the war-cry, "Watch and pray!"
Vanquish ev'ry foe today.

Friday, June 13, 2014

November 23, 2013

Hello everyone!! the MTC is so amazing!! :) i love it here you guys and i leave in like 3 days!! its really sad actually.. as excited as i am to actually get out in the field, i really love it here. My companions are awesome, my district and my zone are amazing! and i know everyone really well because im zone leader hahah so i must be doing something right haha :) anyways everyone here is so nice, and everyone is so close! the things ive learned here are amazing... ive changed so much in the last week haha its insane. i probably pray for about 15 minutes morning and night because of the things ive learned here. the power of prayer is incredible! ive also had the wonderful opportunity to teach two investigators this past week. Barbara the first day we taught her was really hard!! she asked so many questions that it was just to hard to stay on one topic and we were really worried about teaching her, but the next day was so much better, and we had actually prepared really well to answer all of her questions, and through the guidance of the spirit we were able to have the best lesson ever!! we looked forward to teaching her everyday after that, and it just got better and better!  we eventually got a baptisimal commitment from her after only 3 visits!! the spirit is so strong when you are teaching an investigator, and it has to be, otherwise you arent listening to the spirit and you will never be able to tell the investigator what they need to hear! the spirit is the key, and he will help you open the hearts of many people. we also had the chance to teach alex, who was at first it was really hard to get him to open up, but after awhile we were able to address his needs, and through the help of the spirit and his desire to feel the holy ghost in his life, we were able to get him to accept the invitation to be baptised as well!! its been such an amazing week everyone, i cant wait to get out in the field!! i know im ready :) the important thing is to love everyone, thats how you get to know an investigators needs, is loving them as Jesus Christ would and then helping them to know the truth. i love all you guys!! have a great week!!! :) 
Love, Derek

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