Hello! This week has been fun! One day, we were talking to people on the street, this man turned to me and asked where Jesus was born. However, I thought he asked where I was born, I was very confused why he was asking, but I responded "Nebraska". The man then exclaimed (in czech) "Oh my goodness!" in a very dissapointed and somewhat disgusted tone. What is wrong with Nebraska? I was completely lost at that point, luckily my companion stopped the man and clarified the missunderstanding. I may not know everything, but please believe that I at least know where Jesus was born! (Bethlehem not Nebraska)!This week I would also like to tell you about a certain passage I read in the Book of Mormon. This takes place when Jesus visited the Americas after his resurection. In 3rd Nephi chapter 11 verses 13 through 15, it says:
13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
Then in chapter 17 verse 25 it says:
And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children.
It is so amazing that Christ would take the time to allow for two thousand five hundred people to come up, individually, to feel the prints in His hands and the wound in His side. I believe that this really shows just how important each of us and our personal testimonies are to God and to Christ. If two thousand five hundred people each took one minute to do that, it would take almost 42 hours to give everyone a chance.
While we may not have the opportunity to physically feel and see Christ and the prints on His hands, we still have ways to get to know God and Jesus Christ and feel the prints in our own way. We can see the prints when we notice the little (or large) miracles in our day to day life. We can feel the prints as we read His story and teachings in the scriptures. We can feel the prints when we listen to the teachings of His prophets and apostles at General Conference. We can feel these prints in countless ways. One of my personal favorites is through prayer. I know prayer to be a conversation with God. I have found that for myself both before and on the mission. Every prayer is heard. Every prayer is answered. We just need to faithfully watch for the answer.
I know that as we "feel the prints" that we can come to know God and Christ for ourselves. We can have just as strong of a knowledge of Christ and his sacrafice as the ancient americans who felt the prints for themselves. I hope you take a moment this easter season and try to see and feel the prints for yourself. I know that we can. I know that the knowledge and faith that will come from it will bless your life.
See you next week!