Monday, November 7, 2016

Missions are Forever - Lewisburg, Tennessee


This week we had an amazing opportunity to teach the Plan of Salvation to an investigator. I have taught this lesson many times throughout my mission, but never before had I had such an experience. Almost every single principle we taught brought the spirit in overwhelming power. He testified of the truth with so much strength all of us were reduced to tears throughout the whole lesson. There were many times when Lisa taught us part of the lesson even before we told her. The veil was thin and she could begin to remember those truths she had been taught before he foundation of the world. As she learned the true worth and potential of her soul, it had a greater impact on her desire to change than anything else we have or will say. Without having taught her the word of wisdom, she decided she wants to quit smoking so she can take care of the gift God has given her.

As we spoke of the spirit world and temples, Lisa saw so clearly the great responsibility she has to not only accept this gospel for herself, but also to bring it to all of her family who are waiting for the opportunity. How amazing that she isn't even baptized yet and already has a desire to do her family history work and bring the blessings of this gospel to those she loves. We testified of the missionary work that goes on there and I know for certain the truth that "the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of repentance and redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son of God, among those who are in darkness and under the bondage of sin in the great world of the spirits of the dead." I am so grateful for all my faithful ancestors who continue to serve missions now at this time. I also know that when we teach an investigator, they are not the only one listening; generations of loved ones are there to hear the restored gospel.

I am really grateful for this experience and happy to be a missionary. It is truly wonderful to be able to share these great truths with others. I sometimes forget how great is the knowledge we have and how many people lack it.

Sorry I did not get a chance to email much at all last week. Since we had to work until 2 and be in at 6 I ended up with only about 20 minutes with wifi. Hopefully this week will be better. Unfortunately though, we still do not have the photos from our Halloween costumes sadly. Y'all will have to wait another week. Transfers are this week and you will never believe what happened. Nothing! Absolutely nobody in our district got transferred out. I am pretty excited about that because I really like this district and it is fun to lead them. So I will be in Lewisburg with Elder Thompson for another six weeks! Hope you all have a great week! Love you
Elder Basham

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