Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flip Flops and Nourishment

This week I ate the tsineslas ni Jesucristo  or the "flip flop of Jesus Christ."  It is really just a wide fish that is shaped slightly like a flip flop.  It was very delicious.  
This week was fairly uneventful, but one thing our investigator family, the Mabbuns told us, made the week awesome.  They told us that before they met the missionaries and before they were taught the gospel, they were like a withering plant.  They were dying a lot more than they were growing.  But they said that since they accepted us and the gospel into their lives, they have been nourished and have grown.  Not only have they grown, but they have become strong.  They have been "nourished by the good word of God."
President Erying said:
The Savior taught Peter and His other Apostles and disciples why and how they were to nourish others. You remember that in the Bible account He fed them before He taught them. He had been crucified and then resurrected. His servants had gone to Galilee. They had fished through the night, catching nothing. When they drew near to shore, in the dawn, they did not at first recognize Him. He called out to them, telling them where to cast their nets, and when they did the nets were filled. They rushed to greet Him on the shore.
They found a fire of coals with fish cooking and bread. I have often wondered, as you may have done, who laid the fire, who caught the fish, and who cooked the meal, but it was the Master who prepared His disciples to be fed more than fish and bread. He let them eat first. And then He taught them of spiritual feeding. And He gave a commandment to them which still stands for each of us.
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs” (John 21:15).
I hope that we can all find ways to nourish others with the gospel, to strengthen them, and to help them come unto Christ.  
" But  if  ye  will  nourish  the  word,  yea,  nourish  the  tree  as  it beginneth  to  grow,  by  your  faith  with  great  diligence,  and  with patience looking  forward  to  the  fruit  thereof,  it  shall  take  root;  and behold  it  shall  be  tree  springing  up  unto  everlasting  life." Alma 32:41

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