Apparently when you have to leave a foreign country that doesn't want you there preaching about Christianity in the first place, you have to have not one, but two passports to get you back in. It sounds like I'll be using one of my passports to get me into the Philippines while the US keeps my other one and tries to get me back into India. Does this sound like a big, complicated mess? Yup. Does it sound like I may have to stay in the Philippines for a while if things don't work out? I sure hope not. Regardless though I had to take a trip to seaside city of Chennai this week to get all this stuff figured out. Chennai is the second biggest city in southern India and borders the eastern sea. It's known for being a major importing dock for all of southern India and for being hotter than- ...a very hot place. Thank goodness it was overcast and rainy the two days we were there or they may have had to ship my melted remains back to Bangalore in a bottle. The city was beautiful though, and the church members there are awesome. We got to tour the biggest church building in the mission and it was incredible. A three story giant religious superstructure on the main road of the city attracts more than just a little attention, and so we spent the rest of our time Thursday afternoon out front handing out pamphlets and Books of Mormon to anyone who passed by. It made me realize that it's not very hard to share the gospel with others. Our message is simple: God loves us and wants us to be happy so He sends His prophets to teach us about His Son, Jesus Christ. If we follow His example we will find joy in this life and eternal life in the world to come. This book, which is similar to the Bible, contains the words of ancient prophets and the fullness of the gospel and will bring you closer to God if you abide by it's teachings. If you diligently read and pray to know that these things are true, God will give you an answer by the power of His Spirit.
My challenge this week- introduce one of your friends who's not a member of the church (you all have one) to the Book of Mormon and help them to come to Christ. E-mail me with your experiences as you do this too, I'd love to hear about it. :)
Anyways everyone until next time- Stay awesome. :)