The first four days of this week (minus exchanges) seemed to be rejection after rejection. A few of them were mean. When someone starts telling you how you’re going to Hell though, just smile and tell them how much God loves them.
As the conversation continues you’ll quickly find that they’re taking back everything they said while trying to maintain their pride so ultimately they’re just very confused. As they close the door telling you your religion is wrong, but if you believe in Jesus you’re going to Heaven you can walk away chuckling because “by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” (Alma 37:7; 1 Cor. 1:27)
Most of the rejections we got though were rather polite; “I already have a church”, “No thank you, we’re not interested”, or my favorite on this week “It’s not my cup of tea.” As I thought about that last one I was inspired to write the following.
Please note, I’m no poet.
The Answer to Polite Rejection:
My Cup of tea
isn’t your cup of tea
yet, your cup of tea
So ought your cup of tea
take my cup of tea
and make my cup of tea
my cup of tea
isn’t my cup of tea
my cup of tea is HIS
So really, if
my cup of tea
which is His cup of tea
isn’t your cup of tea,
then your cup of tea
–needs to rethink its priorities.
This poem is dedicated to the man who simply said, “It’s not my cup of tea.”
My friends, The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ will ring true to any who truly believes in Jesus Christ and is making a concerted effort to do His will. If it is not “your cup of tea” then may I boldly and lovingly suggest that you reevaluate your standing before God.
We taught one of our investigators this week about the 10 commandments, which he remembered from Sunday School as a kid. However, with only the first commandment he did not understand how it truly applies to him. “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” (in addition to the 2nd of the ten) tells us very clearly that nothing is to come between us and God. Not work, school, family relationships, hobbies, or even dreams. God is to be the first priority in our lives and if He is than we will find that all things that are good are of God.
As we taught him this fantastic piece of doctrine he literally said, “This is kinda a yikes moment for me.” Because he realized his priorities were not where they should be and work, not God came first in His life. He, however was open enough to listen to the message we share and strive to learn more about it.
I wish I could read to the whole world Morni 7:14 which says, “Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil.”
My challenge for you this week is to seek after anything that is virtuous, lovely, or good report, or praiseworthy and invite others to do so as well!
We taught a woman this week who welcomed us into her home to share a message. Her husband was making sore for her three gorgeous daughters and they were totally crazy! Yet, despite finding marshmallow in the two year olds armpit and regular disruptions, this woman (Kelsey) listened to the message we had to share and recognized it as good. We asked her if she would like to receive the lessons and how they could benefit her and she readily answered, “Yes, they will help me come closer to Christ.”
I’m grateful for those who are open and whose hearts are prepared, and I know that someday “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God” (Mosiah 27: 31)
This week I went on exchanges with Hermana Matamoros and we found these two absolutely beautiful and incredible girls. Linda and Ana! Their hearts are so prepared and receptive to The Spirit. When they prayed at the ended the lesson all of us were in tears…those girls want to know if Joseph Smith truly Saw God. I love them
And Sister Guthrie and I were able to volunteer at the Religious Coalitions carnival on Saturday! We were in charge of the face painting! It was cool because last year I helped the Vandre girls paint faces in Braddock Heights and this year I helped them paint aces in Frederick first!
Some of my pathetic attempts to paint what was shown in the little book that came with the paint…the kids were happy so that’s all that matters right? The little pink bird was supposed to be a flamingo, then it turned into a duck, and ended up as a goose.
Love you all!