Johannesburg Temple

Johannesburg Temple
Johannesburg Temple

Monday, May 4, 2015

You are a Temple of God!

Well May is off to such a great start and I am so excited for the future.  We are teaching a lot of great people and are finding some great families that have been prepared to hear the Gospel.  They came to Church on Sunday and it was Fast and Testimony meeting.  I was one of the first to bare my Testimony and I testified boldly of why we are truly here.  We are here, especially as LDS members to help our friends and family return back to our Father In Heaven.  Nothing else matters, only returning with honor.

A few days ago we had an appointment with a family outside of Rynfield.  Earlier that morning we went to workout at a member's place and left our phone in another missionaries car, so we didn't have it for the whole day.  The family who we were supposed to see, sent us a text saying they were not around today, so don't come, but we did not have the phone.  We went to the appointment and found the family not there, so we started to walk away.  A black man stopped us and we talked with him for a bit about what we do.  As we were talking, an Afrikaner came up to us and asked that we come and pray for him and his family.  Come to find out,  he had just lost everything, his house, car, everything and doesn't know if he believes in God anymore.  I maintained eye contact for at least thirty minutes as he bore his heart out to me.  He talked about his past, how he grew up in a bad neighborhood.  His mom was a prostitute and his dad a drug dealer.  He just felt there was no hope for him and why should he even try.  He is 61 years old and is ready to go to his grave.  His past is unforgettable and in the mist of all this I simply and boldly testified," You are a Temple of God.  You have a Father in Heaven who loves you more then you can ever imagine and he does not care where you have been or what you have done.  He only cares about where you are going and how He can help you get there.  I am here to help get you back to him."  At this point he broke down into tears and said, "I know God sent you here to me today.  I was ready to give up."  It was such a great honor to have met this man!

I didn't think much of this until I got home and saw the message from the family saying they would not be home today.  If the phone was never left in the car, we would have never met that man.  We are seeing he and his family this week to help them through this tough time and to show them God will help and that He truly does care.

It's funny, there are only so many experiences, so many times, so many spiritual manifestations that a person can have before they realize that God does indeed live.  I have had these experiences and I know without a shred of a doubt that it is all true.  God does live and He has restored His true church to the earth.  The Book of Ether in the Book of Mormon says, "Ye receive not a witness until after the trial of your faith." If you want to know God, you need to let go of everything else and believe that He is and that He will.  Only after you do this will you come to know Him.  The choice is yours, one day you will know and see Him.  Why not get to know Him now?

Elder Segil

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