Porter, is doing well. At the beginning of the pandemic, missionaries were sent home and he returned from Brazil. He was home for a while then reassigned to California where he has served for the past several months. He’s had opportunities in California to use his Portugese and he’s also becoming fluent in Spanish.
Today he is transferring from a retirement community in Desert Hot Springs to a young, single adult community in San Bernardino. He is going to be a Zone Leader with Elder Bell who happens to be from my brother’s neighborhood in Colorado.
This week Porter answered the question of why he believes in Jesus Christ and I wanted to share it with you. He begins by quoting Jacob;
Jacob 4:6 says, “Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations, and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, that our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus, and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.”
He continues; I believe in Jesus Christ, because as I have searched the scriptures, I have been convinced of their veracity. As I have acted on that hope of salvation, and allowed the word to grow within my heart, I have been changed. By the power of Christ’s Atonement, I have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, and shout for joy, as did the multitude gathered in the Ancient Americas when the resurrected Savior appeared and ministered to them.
Through the Book of Mormon, He has ministered to ME. To me, the Book of Mormon is a witness just as clear as that given to the Nephite crowd gathered at the temple. They felt the wound in His side, and the prints of the nails in His hands and in His feet, and obtained a witness that He is the God of Israel, and the God of the whole Earth, and was slain for the sins of the world. I am eternally grateful for the things which they have written, that we may know that they knew of Christ.
Porter then asked his Facebook audience, “Why do you believe?”
This morning as I scrolled through social media, I came across a video of some kind of congressional committee meeting where the person in charge was trying to bring the meeting to order and the political committee members were interrupting because they had been given new information the day before that they hadn’t been able to review yet. These politicians began screaming in protest to adjourn the meeting until they had had a chance to review the thousand pages of recently distributed information.
It made me wonder if it will be like that when Christ comes. Will people protest, saying they didn’t have time to review the thousands of pages of scripture we’ve been given?
If we have time to scroll through social media, we have time to study the life of Jesus Christ and figure out why He should matter to us.
There is a series about the life of Christ called “The Chosen” that is becoming wildly popular. I love it not only because it is extremely well made, but because it is being created by people from many different Christian and Jewish denominations with a Catholic man representing Christ. I can’t help but feel it is helping unite all believers.
We found out today that they will be filming season 2 in Goshen, Utah where our church built an incredible replica of Jerusalem for our Bible video series. I see God’s hand in it just as I see His hand in the details of my own life.
If reading ancient scriptures doesn’t sound like the right starting place for you, try watching the first season of this series to get to know the Savior better. I’m pretty sure if the politicians in that meeting were given a binge-worthy series instead of a thousand pages to read, they may have gotten their homework done in time.