12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
15 Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.
16 You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.
17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
I love David’s testimony from a letter on April 6, 2015:
“All I am able to say is that when we are keeping the commandments and doing what Christ has asked us to do, He will bless us with so many blessings that we literally can’t take advantage of them all.
I know that by serving my mission I am blessing my family and my future family. Everything I learn here will help me become a better father and a wiser person when it comes to leading. My family is blessed right now with protection. I know that God will protect my family while I am here and will help guide them in their righteous desires. Anyone who comes with us for one day cannot deny that the work we are doing is true and that the people who accept our message receive blessings beyond their comprehension. I love this work, and though I miss my family more dearly than my tiny brain can take, the gratifying work here is just enough to bless me with the drive to push forward in the hot sun, knock at one more door when a door gets slammed in our face, and bless the next person we see when we get curses thrown in our faces.
The gospel is true people — believe it. If you can’t believe my words, go read the Book of Mormon. Without the words of that book and the Bible, I would just be another sunburnt teenager in Brazil.”
This could very well be the secret to David’s success (June 2015):
“One thing that I have figured out here is that I force myself to be happy—even if I am not. I force a smile on my face, and eventually I become happy.”
David testifies of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and invites everyone to read it (June 2015):
Miracles are happening, and God is moving the hearts of the people with His words speaking from the dust…. And through the Bible and the Book of Mormon, His prophets are testifying to us from their graves. All that we as missionaries have to do is find the people willing to read these testimonies. I am finding that I will never get used to the magnitude of miracles on my mission. They always leave me in awe.
I invite everyone to read the Book of Mormon. I have seen the changes it can make in the lives of people. The teachings and principles that it holds can change people, lives, and eternities. I know this is true. If anyone wants to read the wonderful words of this book, just ask any member of the LDS church who you know.