Everything is going pretty good. The investigators are doing good. One of the guys that we are teaching has a baptismal date. He has some mental problems. He is about 20 years old, but he has the mind of about ten. So we are teaching him and he really wants to get baptized, but we are waiting to meet with his dad before, just so we can make sure he has some help at home.
Another one that we have been meeting with a bit is a smoker and is having a really hard time stopping. He stopped for about a week, and then after he met with some people from his church (his belongs to another Christian church), he started smoking again, and since then, it’s been kinda downhill. I feel like he just doesn’t have any hope and doesn’t believe that he can do it and doesn’t realize how much faith he has.
The final investigator that we are working with a lot is black and from Cameroon. He loves and God is absorbing everything that we are teaching him, but I don’t think his English is very good and he doesn’t speak Japanese at all, so sometimes I don’t think he completely understands everything that we teach him. But he was already baptized and doesn’t want to do it again.
Those are the investigators that we are teaching a lot right now. Two have dates for the end of this month.
Anyways, something that I have really learned a lot about is relying on Christ. While reading in the Book of Mormon, I read about the vision of the tree of life. I never really studied about it that much, but lately I have loved that vision. In the vision it talks about the iron rod and the straight and narrow path leading to the tree of life. I always saw the two things as the same, but in the chapter 8 verse 20, it says that the rod of iron came alongside the straight and narrow path. They are two separate things. I realized that they are different and, as such, have different meanings. We are all looking for the path. It says that too. It says that there were “numberless concourses of people . . . pressing forward that they might obtain the path.” We are all looking for the path and the path begins with baptism. I think that’s how we enter the straight and narrow path. And as we do all the right things, we progress on the path. As we keep our covenants, follow the commandments and follow the promptings of the spirit we progress. It’s essentially enduring to the end. And when we make new covenants (temple endowments and marriage and stuff like that) we take huge steps forward and progress even further on the path. That is what the path is. And the iron rod helps us stay on the path. And like it says in the Book of Mormon and pretty much everywhere else, the iron rod is the word of God. And everyone always says that the word of God is the scriptures, but it is SO much more than that. In John 1:14, it says that “the word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory.” The word is Christ. Iron rod represents Christ and the scriptures teach us to turn to Christ and believe in Him. When we press forward along the path back to God and we hold to the iron rod, we are holding on to Christ. In 15:24, it says that whoever hearkened unto the word and hold fast to it, they would never perish. That is a promise from God. If we find Christ and follow Him and hold fast to Him and NEVER let go, we will never perish. I never really got a lot out of the tree of life before, but now I love it.
Also I saw a movie poster for The Hobbit. It was a little sad, but I am afraid of the day that I see a poster for the Man of Steel . . . I may embarrass myself.