We first moved to South Africa in 2008. Many who have moved know that, despite your greatest intentions to pack and move in a dignified, organized and structured manner, you reach that certain point where you're just throwing things in boxes. When you're moving to another continent, not knowing exactly what you'll need, that tends to exacerbate the difficulty.
|LDS Authorized KJV Bible|
|Amber with some of the team. Utah is B-E-Autiful!|
|If it looks like we're fighting, it's because we are. She beats me.|
We had the opportunity to meet Elder Holman from Reno, NV and Elder Ngundu from Zambia. God gave us the privilege to speak together for about 2 hours, sharing the grace of God that draws mankind to Himself. It was really cool because Gladston was able share his testimony, which if you remember, was somewhat humorous in the way he had been challenged in regard to his own righteousness. We were able to discuss the same passage, along with lots of others from the Bible, with both young men. Using the visual aids that I had found or more accurate, that God had led me to, we also discussed some of the LDS requirements for salvation from the Book of Mormon, Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrine and Covenants, etc...
|Young Amber & Louis at The Great Salt Lake|
Yet so many religions in this world are based in a mistaken belief that we can and must earn God's favor. The point of the Law is not that I can do well enough to satisfy God. The point is that I can't, never will! How can my sins be paid for, if one sin against the laws or character of an infinite God is worthy of infinite punishment? I need an infinite payment, right? Guess what? Nothing about me is infinite. Jesus is. By living a sinless life, yet paying the penalty reserved for those who have sinned, His infinite righteousness is available to me. God, as a righteous Judge, can accept His infinite payment for my infinite violation, transferring His righteousness to me as my sin was transferred to Him. This divine transaction is called Justification. Through this I now have peace with God, not because I have worked hard enough to earn His favor, but because Jesus - HIS OWN SON - is eternally worthy of God's favor. The words we use to describe this are Freedom, Grace, Mercy, Peace, Joy, LOVE!
|Young Louis finds a buried knife wrapped in a |
photo at old Indian cliff drawings. Probably
an ancient murder weapon.
During our conversation there was some back and forth, some good questions asked. It was clear that Elder Holman and Elder Ngundu were thoughtfully engaged with us. At the end Elder Holman bore his testimony to us. But it was clear that he understood a vast difference between the gift of salvation that we discussed from God's Word vs. the merit-based salvation taught by the LDS church and most major religions worldwide.
|The LDS Temple in Manti, UT.|
Continue to pray for Elders Ngundu and Holman! Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life!
For good LDS resources go to: Tri-Grace Ministries website -- Special Thanks to Chip & Jamie Thompson for their faithful work!