Let Christ Change You….. From Elder Gass in the Kobe, Japan Mission

This has been my most humbling week in the mission field. I wish to share a letter I typed to my President, along with some advice. Let Christ change you.

“Dear President Welch,
This week has been the most humbling week of my entire mission. My goodness, I can`t even begin to explain. I wasn’t too sure why I was supposed to stay here in Miki, but I think I got my answer. It was to learn charity. Halfway through last transfer I was studying up on it and the scripture mentioned in PMG hit me really hard. Moroni 7:48 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray? unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers? of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be? like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified? even as he is pure. Amen.”

To this day, I can`t think of another scripture that has changed my life. I understand what you meant when you said that we go home as the biggest converts in the mission. We`re not supposed to share deep spiritual experiences, but I`ll say that I was overcome by possibly the most over whelming feeling in my life. It was such an undeniable feeling. This scripture and experience gave me a firm personal testimony that Jesus Christ and his atonement has the ability to change our hearts and deepest desires. I am also reminded of the story in Alma about King Lamoni and his household were converted. It says that their hearts were changed and they desired to do no evil.

I finally get this scripture now. I goes along with Elder Bednar`s talk “Bearing up their burdens”. We don`t have to do anything on our own through sheer grit and will power. Christ can and will change us. It all makes sense now. Not only do we have help in removing obstacles for our investigators or learning a new language, the Atonement gives us the power to become more Christ like in terms that we could not do on our own.

This week also included one of the most spiritual lessons I`ve ever been in. The investigator also had questions about changing and desires as well. But I was able to testify that Christ will change our hearts if we pray unto him with all of our energy. It was one probably one of my most firm testimonies because I had received an actual witness of it recently. I will also like to add this. Before the lesson, we tried to mogi (simulation practice) it. I was going through the beginning and looked towards my companion. My poor companion was asleep. He had been completely wiped out. That`s expected of someone being in the mission field for only a few months. I thought to myself that I would give him a five minute rest as I prayed for guidance. I prayed that I may be able to find a way to help out such a young missionary who was struggling in the language. In the middle of the prayer, I heard something in my head tell me, “Love him like you love your own younger brother.” That perspective changed me. I felt so much compassion on my companion and felt the desire to help him. It`s amazing how the Lord can change us.
I guess I should thank you for letting me stay in Miki? I did learn a life lesson after all. A lesson on charity that will be used for the rest of my life.

-Elder Gass”

We must put off the natural man and it is very hard. But, I testify that Christ will change us in order to do that. If you keep praying and it doesn`t come, keep praying. Know that at some point, you will be changed. I felt that I`ve sat with Christ himself recently and it`s made all the difference in my mission and in my life.

-Love Elder Gass