This week we met a cheerleader that could get me into the UNI squad as a male cheerleader, the person that built the house of Arnold Schwarzenegger, someone that dated a Mormon, and someone that got LSD slipped into their drink.
We were also invited to a 20th birthday party dinner of a friend of someone we're teaching, and we brought a present, she opened it and the look on her face was priceless when she opened it to see that it was a Book of Mormon haha she said "thank you" in the most hesitant voice. Haha probably one of the top 10 most awkward moments of all of our lives with all of her friends and family there, but she'll thank us later.
So in 2 Kings chapter 1, a prophet Elijah sends down fire to consume bad people coming to get him. Then in Luke 9, the apostles ask Jesus if they can do basically the same thing when the people of Samaria wouldn't welcome him (notice I'm cutting out a lot of details here). But notice the way Jesus responds:
54 And when his disciples James andJohn saw this, they said, Lord, wiltthou that we command fire to comedown from heaven, and consumethem, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them,and said, Ye know not what mannerof spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come todestroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
We are of the Spirit of the Lord, and we love all, we try to help all, but when we aren't welcomed or treated well, we can just do what Jesus did, go to another village, just go to the next house, the next person, the next street, our next task. And don't stop loving them. Charity is a gift from God, it's more than just being nice. It's divine power given to us to see our spirit brothers and sisters through the eyes of our Heavenly Father. I know this and say it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!