Today was the day of fast for us followers of the Latter-Day Saints church, also known as the Mormons.
Well known personalities amongst others are Donny Osmond and Mitt Romney, who is a Bishop of the church.
The Bishop in Ilford is Bishop Michael Onaolapo. He always impresses me with his geniune good natured greeting and welcome. He has built on the success of the Romford stake, which is the fastest growing in terms of people joining the congregation. His testimony today is an inspiration. He says when we reach out, in Home Teachings for example, we should look at the temporal and spiritual needs of the members visited. A lot of our members are facing challenges and problems, a lot are not. But whatever service we do to reach out, we should "do out of love, doing the Lord's work. He will bless us."
"After years of sacrifice and patience, and being faithful and being obedient, they saw Prosperity return," the Bishop mentioned an example (but in the foreseeable future it may be India or Spain, it certainly sounds like America and Europe). "He will answer our prayers in His time. In love we are His children, and He will never abandon us." Our Bishop is a man of immense faith, as he has seen God's answers to prayers in his own family and his congregation.
Today's testimonies were on the topics of sacrifice, the benefits of tithing and the fruits of faith and belief. I will leave you to meditate on those topics, noting from the various speakers that the benefits are real and our trust is valid. "In love, we are His children, and He will never abandon us."
(written by Duru-darshan,
Melchizedek Preist at the
Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints)