Dear Family & Friends,
"Prove to me that God exists" I said. The Pastor reached for his bible. "Without the Bible" I said, "the words of a man are not evidence...”. He admitted that he could not prove to me that God existed. I, my companion, and a ward missionary had come to the home of one of our investigators in Akwatia. Esther had another "friend" over who agreed to sit in the lesson with Esther. Turns out it was a small pastor from her church, I've run into so many of these guys on my mission and I know exactly what they do, everything they say they have a reference to something in the Bible. And they want you to play their game. Throw your belief, backed by a quotation, and I’ll prove you wrong with my quotation. I sensed that this was the direction that our discussion would take after about 5 minutes of discussion. My companion and our ward missionary were both searching for their own arsenal of biblical quotations at this point and I stopped and explained some things about Evidence and Faith. "I know God exists, but I cannot prove it to you, I can only testify that He is there. You see Peter, Isaiah, Paul, they were all men just like you and I, and these things," I said holding my scriptures "are only a testimony of their words. The things we have to share with you cannot be proven, just like their words cannot be proven. At some point every man is backed up to the wall of Faith, there he must take his stand." I then briefly and accurately shared the message of the Restoration and bore my sincere testimony, adding it to the testimony of those who wrote the bible that Jesus Christ is our savior, that his church has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that the only way anyone can understand and follow Him is through Faith and works. Anyway it was an interesting lesson I hope that the man felt something, if he didn't I certainly did. My testimony has grown so much as it has been tried like this on my mission.