Monday, August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014 Visiting a Muslim Mosque!

this is me kuku, rudy, and angel

choose the right! 

 ocean buffet! finally i got to eat sushi!

 li chi fruits! 

So this week has been quite exciting! We had the opportunity to go with one of our investigators to a local Muslim church. As we have been sharing with him our message of the gospel of Jesus Christ the past two weeks, he has become more curious in the doctrines that we teach because a lot of what we teach is similar in ways but with a few major differences.

He agreed to come to church with us and also invited us to come visit a Muslim mosque. We agreed as well, and that, I think, surprised him haha. So we were given the traditional muslim attire (so that we would feel more comfortable there) and he explained what would happen at the mosque, that we would go and watch what they did.

 our muslim outfits

muslim missionaries! 

The women and men are separated by a veil. the men sit on the floor in the front, and the women sit on the floor in the back. We watched as they sang a prayer from the Quran and prayed, and they gave a sermon and talked about having unity, and ended again with a prayer sung out of the Quran. 

It is very interesting to see how others worship God. On our way home, Sister Taito and I talked about the experience that we had there as observers, and we both came to further appreciate the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

I thought a lot about how Joseph Smith must have felt as a young boy of 14 years old having the choice to choose for himself what church he wanted to join. Many of the churches have the core belief in God, but there are so many doctrines pertaining to salvation and eternal life. Finding truth amidst all of these is hard if you don't know how to find truth.

That is why our Heavenly Father has sent us the Holy Ghost. Without him, we would never know truth, and thus, never have the opportunity of gaining eternal life.

There are many attributes of Christ, namely faith, hope, charity, love, knowledge, patience, humility, diligence, and obedience.

At baptism, it symbolizes that we leave behind the "natural man" and we make a covenant to be like Jesus Christ.

It is great to know that knowledge is one of his attributes.
Our Heavenly Father wants us to know all things. That is part of becoming like Him. He wants us to learn for ourselves and gain wisdom in all things.
I was reading in the True to the Faith book on the subject of knowledge, and gaining education about the world, and also gaining spiritual knowledge. these are some of the parts that stood out to me:
"Seek learning, even by study and also by faith." -Doctrine and Covenants 88:118

"Of things both in heaven and in earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and kingdoms-that we may be prepared in all things."
-Doctrine and Covenants 88:78-80
                 --Use your eduction to be an influence for good--

In Preach my gospel it talks more on gaining spiritual knowledge:

"Seek knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge. Study the scriptures every day, and also study the words of the living prophets. Through study and prayer, seek help for your specific questions,challenges, and opportunities.”

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and abraideth not, and it shall be given him."
-James 1:5

Think about how you can apply gospel principles in your life. As you study diligently, prayerfully, and with pure intent, the Holy Ghost will enlighten your mind, teach you, and help you understand the meaning of the scriptures and the teachings of the living prophets.

"My soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them...Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard." -2 Nephi 4:15-16
                           -Knowledge, and attribute of God-
"Knowledge of divine and spiritual things is absolutely essential for ones salvation." -Bible Dictionary

"How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?"-Romans 10:14

Knowledge is one of the endowments of the Holy Ghost and one of the gifts of the spirit.

                 --One progresses only as fast as he gains knowledge—

It follows that the person who gains knowledge will have the "advantage in the world to come."
The Holy Ghost shows us all things in which we must do. If we ever have questions, Our Heavenly Father tells us plainly to pray, and He will answer us through the Holy Ghost and our diligence in honestly seeking for knowledge and truth.
I love this gospel and what it teaches, I love the Holy Ghost and I understand more and more the importance of him.
If you have questions, doubts or concerns. Search, ponder and pray.
Love you all! Have a fantastic week! 

Love Hermana Ficklin

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