wow already i have the little red squiggly line all over the place in this email. i never were all that good at english ya know! hahaha now, down to business. what has been going on here in New York!?! Well good news!!! we got to teach Brother Swetish (more like Sweet...ish i think) this week. The whole scary thing with his wife's dad turned out to be ok, and so is he! he is still going strong and is still planning on the 19th of Feb. We have picked up a few more potential investigators that seem really solid, and so we are excited about that as well.
We had a... different experience this week too with one of our lessons. we got into some super super deep doctrine stuff. everytime we tried to bring it around back to the lesson they would ask another deep doctrine question. finally i just stopped them and was like, yo, this is much more than we teach. we teach line upon line. It is milk before meat. so take a sip and sit back down. (didnt really say it like that ) But really that is how it is. and all problems with the doctrine of the church come back to the Book of Mormon. It resolves all concerns. every last one of them. do you know why? because if it is true, then the Prophet Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and every other concept of this Church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God, Therefore i know this church is true.
I got to go to Stake Priesthood in Albany yesterday. that was way awesome. it was a really really good meeting. i dont think i have ever been in a room more attentive, yet absolutely dead silent before. it was sick awesome sweet, thick with the spirit! I actually get to go back to Albany tomorrow for zone conference. And guess what mommy! your assumption from all those many years ago was right. I have been asked to play the piano for it. so just like you said, i should practice because i am going to need it on my mission someday. it really has happened now! i am actually accompanying a special musical group as well so that should be fun!
"The Standard of Truth has been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop this work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, independent til it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, til the purpose of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." It is so true! this is the work of God and no matter what happens in this life or world it will continue the way that He wants it to. He is our Father. He loves each and every one of us. I have never felt closer wrapped in His arms then i do now. I pray that each of you can grow closer to Him. if any of you are struggling, take courage in a little spiritual CPR. Church attendance, Prayer, and Reading the scriptures. He truly will bless you! i Love you all and as always thank you for your continued love and support!
Elder Shane Kitchen
oh ya by the way, check out Mormon.org. it is way cool. they are having a completely new style of missionary work that is centered around it. there should be an insert in your January Ensign with some info on it as well. check it out, and if you want make a profile! that way i can refer people to it!
Yay Elder Shane! We're so proud of you. Remember to keep Elder Shane in your prayers. The church is true!