November 15, 2011 – Charentsavan, Week 10
Angels For Our Support
This last preparation we went to Lake Sevan. It was one of the, if not the most beautiful places I have been. We had the opportunity to enter the Armenian Apostolic church set on a hill. It was very cold and there was snow, but the clouds were low and the sunset was amazing.
I gained an appreciation for the churches. It was a very reverent place. I learned some fascinating things while pondering in the church. However I once again became saddened by the fact that these people feel that their prayers are heard only after saying the “Lord’s Prayer” and burning a candle. They feel that entering a church and burning a candle and doing animal sacrifices on special occasions will save them. I deeply respect the Armenian Apostolic church, but they are holding this people back from the revelations and miracles that God has waiting for them.
I did not say that to tear down this nation’s church; in fact the church here has helped this nation survive through genocide and war. Rather, I want people to learn that God requires much more from us. He needs us to do more than read his scriptures, pray and go to church each week. He requires us to serve in his kingdom, which has been established on this earth. His kingdom cannot be separated at all. “If ye are not one, ye are not mine” This means spiritually and physically. God’s kingdom is much more than a concept rooted in the hearts of men. God’s Kingdom, the kingdom that Christ will reign over when he comes again, will not be centered merely on the Bible, it will be governed by prophets until Christ Comes. We cannot be separated even by one aspect of doctrine. That is why God has given us 12 apostles just as Christ called twelve apostles to lead his church in times of old. Jesus has given us the same organization that existed in the primitive church.
I had the opportunity to meet together with about 10 missionaries, Mission President and Sister Carter as well as President and Sister Schweitzer. President and Sister Schweitzer are over all the missionary work in Europe. We learned so much as the spirit spoke to each of us, individually, and told us what we needed to do differently. We all learned from each other and discussed the needs of the mission. I learned a lot about the reality of angels and how to more quickly receive answers to my prayers.
I know that as we strive to do what we know what we know is right, putting God first in our lives, he will guide us to where he wants us to be. Sometimes he knows that we must experience a death in our family or a health problem, in order to teach us certain lessons. As we patiently and actively do the best we can his angels will be by our side, leading us whether we recognize them or not.
I pray for you, I am grateful for you and I feel the power of your prayers,
1-3 Lake Sevan
4 this is a 20,000 dram bill. This is worth about $60. This is more than an average armenian will spend on utility bills each month and about double what they would pay for rent.