Samoa Apia Mission - March 2015 - 2017

Friday, April 24, 2015

Week 5

Its crazy how every week is better then the last one. This week has been really good. My companion and I have been able to help other elders in our zone work out problems in their companionships and have been able to come a lot closer to each other. My favorite thing here is seeing people grow spiritually and come closer to their Savior.

Well, I will be leaving for Samoa next Sunday. I am amazed how fast this is going by.

This week one of the 70 came and talked to us, I don't remember his name, but he talked about how to help people (including ourselves) become truly converted to the Gospel. He talked about 3 kinds of knowledge: head knowledge, heart knowledge, and soul knowledge. All three kinds of knowledge are essential to true conversion.

Head knowledge comes when we are taught about a doctrine or principle. When we understand something we have head knowledge.

Heart knowledge comes when the spirit testifies to us about what we have learned and creates desire to follow what we have learned.

Soul knowledge comes as we apply what we have learned and gain a testimony through experience.

Applying these steps has not only helped me in my personal development, but it has helped me teach my investigators and help them come unto Christ. I know that when we try our hardest to follow these steps and become converted to the Gospel then we will be blessed in our efforts.

Another important thing I've learned is that having a testimony is different then being converted. There have been people who have fallen away from the church but still have a testimony of some of the teachings. These people have head knowledge and maybe even heart knowledge, but they lack soul knowledge. They stopped acting on their testimony and so they lost their conversion.

Ou mulimau atu, Ou te iloa afai tatou te mana`o ina `ia maua se mulimou ma aeva moni converted e le talalelei a Iesu Keriso, E au one tatou mulimuli poloa`iga o le Atua, ma fa`asoa i le poto na maua i tatou.

Ou te alofa ia Outou!
-Elder Lamoreaux


  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Samoa? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Samoa in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

  2. Jace, Emilio sounds like a "golden contact" for the madrid missionaries. Mail a letter to the madrid mission hone and have them deliver the stamp from samoa. :)