Tuesday, December 29, 2015

sincere question of repentance

Re: Letter from mom

 so sounds like Church was good for you all, thats good, I thought it was cool to talk to you guys good times. well thanks for waiting so long, we were there trying for a while too but when I could finally talk it was really cool it made my day and thanks Mom for being there at the end of the day still, that really made me feel happy to see that you were still there at the computer screen, it made me think of how much you guys have taught me and loved me and stuff and in Church the same feeling as I thought about the way the Lord has talked to me. Sometimes I have felt like after trying so long you look and someone is there on the other side still and it makes you feel pretty motivated, this is hard for me to describe for some reason but it just reminded me of the similarities life has with the mission and how those small moments of communication with your earthly or heavenly family are gifts mercifully given rather than some sort of achievement I have gained after my hard work. What I mean to say is you may try to fix the computer as hard as you can but it just doesn't work or you try to fix your life as hard as you can but you JUST DON'T FIX IT ALL THE WAY and you will never get to enter God`s presence that way and in the end the screen just pops up for trying all you could. so that is what I wanted to say. I know that you and Dad and Heavenly Father love me a lot so thanks for teaching me that. it helps me a lot, like I say mercy is a sign of love and that gives me motivation. Love you chow there isn't too much time to write more, here is what happened, well a little of this week that I liked the translation is not very clear so sorry. 
google translate:
this week was pu-rete for me and Christmas was one of the best apart from that I am also encouraged to start again the Book of Mormon and this time studying the depths, last time helped me so much especially in my teaching, I testified with more power to witness and gospel knowledge, I learned much of mercy and necessity of living the gospel before. or also this Saturday did a split with Elder M, despite the many problems he is going now, we had a purete division and in the morning when we left I felt an impression should visit a researcher and her Mom a less active but Do not bend yet to go home but spent another street that impression came again just down the street from your home then told hm going to pass that way and the lesson went very well, never visit them in the morning but were, her mother and her daughter in law, and could teach everyone. Mom said she wants to go to church again to renew their agreement and daughter shared some experiences that I could just understand and relate a lot and have felt that it is not the only one. she also had a very sincere question of repentance Elder Monson could answer with a story in the Bible. I like the way Teaching Elder M and the end of the lesson the daughter said quieria finally be baptized, Elder R said that if or whether he would baptize but was much more purete hear their own VOCA. I know that the spirit I speak, I speak also helped me when I hear other times this week, sometimes it sounds very clear but as I said much depends on my desire, if I listen but I know that missionary work should be so and I'm trying to improve on that. but I feel I'm better.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

saved by grace

sweet, sounds like a whole lot a fun!  The kid that got baptized is doing good, 
also yeah that is cool that M is getting married and that K got her endowments out, I remember really well when I got mine out. I had a time on my mission where I think the Lord taught me a lot about His grace. Once I had a companion share a great talk about perfecting ourselves in el momento oportuno  I like the last 2 verses in Moroni, I think the motivation in becoming perfect  is love, that is what we need if we want to apply the Savior`s grace. Also one has to understand that you will not fill the demands of justice ever. You always need to apply mercy, it is the basic objective of missionary work if you ask me, so that when people find themselves on judgment day they can be saved by grace. As you know, grace should always be applied, not just at the end. 
I  had a time on my mission where I was trying to be pretty obedient, my companion helped me a lot and it seemed like the more I tried the more I failed. Every morning I missed some sort of rule and they were usually simple things that I missed, it was an interesting time for me, day after day of failing made me feel like I wasn't doing good enough. It made me wonder how some people could ever say they were exactly obedient. But anyway after some praying and stuff the Lord helped me a lot, lots of stuff happened like for example my companion showed me a talk, I also found some awesome scriptures that talked about enduring to the end and gave me a good perspective on things. like I said the thing that I found is you need love or charity, the other types of motivation seem to have to do more with justice and love with mercy. The last door will be mercy is basically what I learned so that is a fun topic love you 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ready to hear more

The following email letter was copy and pasted into google translate. He sent it all in spanish!!

think the area is very much ready for success and changed lives , I know that everything good that has happened is the Lord and reminds me of an interesting contact I had . contact felt the house, a secure feeling as wise as it should contact . It seemed like nobody was then when we hit hands there and no one came , I thought hm because I felt this house , we will strike again and finally came a young man , we could make a little like starting and seems ready to hear more , just came out of jail and he said he spent many prebas , this makes me think that he has been humiliated. I know that the Lord is trying to teach me to take initiative much, just have to do it with more faith and love. I have improved a lot in my sincerity , and that gives me a lot more power. I also liked the writing Corinthians we read today is a good way to see the people. thanks

Thursday, December 3, 2015

how to enjoy learning

well it was a good week, I am learning a lot here. there is a lot of potential here, it is really fun we had a couple divisions one, I went with Elder D, it was fun. I remember when we were sort of like half companions a while ago so it was good to do another division, it was fun for me to see how he has improved and it was also cool because we found a new investigator that seemed pretty prepared. Elder D has become a good friend. Then we had a division in our area, I went with Elder R it was also a good division we found a less active family and a bunch of other potential people. like I said this area has a lot of potential. Also the studies are going pretty good, there is not so much time as I had but when I can study it is really fun, I feel like that is something I have learned here on my mission, how to enjoy learning. I think it is funner now to meditizar scriptures also I am going to have to keep meditizando. Also something important I noticed yesterday is that the scriptures I have in my head are now things that can come to my head again and again and maybe the Spirit can inspire me to share them, the same goes with the things I have been studying. I like how everything about the Gospel is solid truth, yesterday I started repeating the DyC 19:31 and I got a pretty good feeling, as though I just barely starting to understand what it is saying. It is talking about mercy a little bit not just justice, we talk about the only way to happiness that is why we don't need to talk about dogmas. I know that the Gospel is the only way to feel happy in this life. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

preaching His words as if He were here

well this was a good week for me, I learned so much stuff, since changes so I got called to another area, in a white wash so here I have been like a week now, really great place lots of nice people, and something awesome is that my great friend Elder M finished his mission here, in fact when I got here to the new house we started unpacking I realized I was in his desk, it was a pretty cool experience because he is a missionary that I really looked up to, he was a good example and a good freind so when I noticed that he left some stuff like his pencil holder and an empty journal it was a cool feeling, I felt like I was sitting in his spot, I started to think of some of the things I learned when I was his companion, and really I gained a lot of valuable parts of my testimony and it started to make the mission really worth it for me at that time, I learned a lot about mercy and how to gain knowledge from the Lord. then thinking a little more I feel grateful that I am here in the mission standing in the spot where Christ would have stood and preaching His words as if He were here. I am definetly not perfect like Him but thankfully to Him I can be, so He has called me here to learn some important things and practice living and sharing His Gospel.  we have been learning about that as a mission lately in our studies it is really cool and motivating to learn about.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

success comes from perfection and the Atonement

well this was a great week for me, I really am starting to learn how to enjoy things more, I think I have basically just been trying to love the people more, I remember Elder B when he mentioned how he started enjoying the mission more when he did the same in a district meeting, now that I remember that I think it is really cool the things I am learning are really important to me now, I don't think Ill forget them. when I got here I thought that some of the people here were mocks honestly, I didn't really treat them wrong or anything as far as I could remember but when I got here I could tell how it may be hard to get along with them because we didn't agree on obedience. It happened that way also and I tried to solve the problem by being nice and humble, I think I respected their agency. after a while one said to me that I need to do a lot more than just obey the rules, that you have to help the people and find their needs, and that day in my study the Spirit led me to a scripture about opening your mouth and saying what you feel in your heart and the Spirit will be able to testify of what is said. I then felt like I ought to be more humble, what the person had told me was partly true some of the other things where probably not inspired but the Spirit told me to be humble. That all happened, I have been trying to say what I feel now, what is inspired, I have found more confidence as I unconditionally say things, not thinking of myself but of if it is what the Lord wants me to say because that is what will help them and me in the best form. I really do feel happier inside now, I haven't changed as much as I want to yet but now I understand a lot more. yesterday I did a study and opened up to some stuff in Gospel Principles, the part on obedience and I started reading about the greatest commandments, and the study was really good for me, I felt like it confirmed most of the things I learned in this change, and I figured out that he who keeps the commandments unwillingly and does not do it to serve the Lord will lose the reward. the Lord will command us to do things although we may not know why we can always obey for the right reason. Now since maybe three weeks or so I have decided that there are no mocks, there are people just like me that lack something in a certain area such as understanding and we are children of God with a ton of potential. Those who are successful are not always perfect but their success comes from perfection and the Atonement. one of my favorite examples would be Abraham who was obedient although he loved his son he knew the Lord knew better and he obeyed because he loved the Lord he was blessed to understand better perhaps what kind of love the Lord has for us in sacrificing His son and Abraham´s blessings now are beyond comprehension. as all those who love the Lord Corinthians 2:9 is a good scripture and even better d&c 132:34-37 well anyway I thanked this person, I hope his life goes good, he might not like me a lot but who cares I have learned to be a lot happier and this missionary will probably some day realize the good he did   

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

thanks it sounds like you are all doing good. this week was a good one. I learned some things I never thought about before, like some cool counsel I received and some deep doctrine stories I heard. Anyway we have some people that look like they are progressing, one person named A is a little girl that will most likely get baptized, she is really funny and her aunt seems to be reactivating also, I am happy for them it is cool to see them progress as a family, they are fun to visit and teach. Another person we found this week came to Church she just needed a little help and a ride to Church and she hasnt come in like 2 years, she is older but she has an awesome testimony that she told us, where she described how she died and they sent her back, she had prayed that she would be able to raise her kids and so she had, now though it is a bit sad because she is separated and we noticed she was crying a bit before we dropped by to visit, she feels bad sometimes, she cant do a lot by herself and probably feels really alone. we explained the obvious, how God doesn't leave us alone, and I think it helped her but her coming to Church was really great for her. Church was cool for me too, I really have to think hard to feel good sometimes, and it just shows how much I need the Gospel, in the second class we had I was trying to really enjoy things and focus on what the Lord was saying, It was cool how the Spirit testifies of simple things like ´´the Lord can change a heart´´ that is something that stood out to me in the lesson because I think that is what I needed to hear. and that little phrase helped me feel and understand better the Atonement, that stuff is priceless it is impossible to teach with out the Spirit.  this week was a good one, we had a good time in Church, just a bit at a time the Church here has been growing 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Gospel is the way to live happy

my Sunday was good, it rained a bit but it was good. I like the rain just the Paraguayans dont like it very much even though it rains pretty often. this week was all good I think everyday was a good one, we found some interesting people, one is named Lalo and I bet they will come to Church next time, it is just that it rained. They are cool one is really nice but hasnt accepted anything from the message yet for some problems he has with one of the commandments. He told us he has read the pearl of great price, d and c and the Book of Mormon already. He is actually pretty smart yet he just needs to pray about one of the commandments. the other named Lalo is super cool and he understands fairly well the Bible and wants to pray about the Book of Mormon. He says so that will be cool to see if he does. It was fun explaining to them how I know the Church is true, I just explained the prayer part, I started sorting things in my head and sort of just put everything I knew on the line and I really wanted to know if God wanted me here in this Church and if it really is His Church, He told me when I put in a bit of faith and prayed sincerely, I just felt really good then a bunch of cool things happened later that showed be the Church is true and why we need the Church. 
That knowledge must not be perfect because I have had to have faith but I can say I know the Church is true the things I do know fit together well. 
The Gospel is the way to live happy, this week I have been focusing on that a bit, and how to really help people in the best way. I am getting better at what I say but there is always room for improvement I think. I am learning better what is repentance by experience now, sometimes my prayers are really intense and joyful, I feel like the Lord wants me back in His presence a lot and like everything I pass is for my good. I found a cool scripture about that in my study this week it is in doctrine and covenants 38;2,7,8 but yeah that is what I was thinking then I found that it is a good scripture and something that helps me want to change and be better is thinking of how I will feel as I finish life. well I know that the Church is true love you guys  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

 I liked the General Conference  one thing I liked is how it wasnt overly general it seemed like they made it specifically for all, to me they said some things I can use to improve, one thing that really caught my attention was when they talked about obedience and part of it is attitude, it isnt enough to be a robot, life is a test but the biggest part to pass might be did you love me? well yes or no, we will be judged according to our works and the desires of our hearts, for me personally I am working on that, obeying yes but with a happy heart. 

so this week was cool, we found a lady and she has been passing some challenges but the Lord is looking out for her, -example she lives right by a member and although the member had not given us the reference ha the lady just started talking to us as we left the members house one day, she said hey what do I have to do to join your Church, well uhhhh then we went to here house later and taught her and she came to conference yeah also another cool little investigator that my companion has been teaching was able to attend with her family and the conference yes, we watched it in HD on a plasma screen in our apartment, just kidding no it took us like fourty minitues to hook up internet and all these confusing computer cords and stuff to get it running good but anyhow it was a good spiritual time for us and those that heard. The conference has helped me a lot, it was really awesome to hear some solid true and the Spirit was there.  

 well this week was a really good week.I feel like one of the reasons I am here is to value the good. I learned some new things. one thing I liked about the General Conference is how they talked about self improvement and initiative, it has helped me look for guidance from the Spirit a bit more and I have founds some things I need to improve that I never knew, I think on of the conference talks that called my attention most would have to be the one by Elder D Todd Christoferson, just a really cool theme, really but even better than that something interesting happened during the prayer before, there was a big pause as we just sat there in prayer formation waiting and I started to meditate, which can be considered a form of prayer, I started thinking about a time on my mission when I started doubting certain parts of my testimony which I can never remember a part of my life when my faith was so low yet I remembered when things were better, seemingly more easy to have faith and how when I was like 13ish I prayed with a lot of faith not knowing a lot about the Church but choosing to believe and seeing so many cool things later which had brought me to what I had said in the mtc that I know the Church is true and I was sure then as I am now, all thanks to that desire in my heart that led me to pray, gaining my testimony of the Church here in the mission was hard yet incredibly simple and I although only lost my testimony of the Church for a long hour it was hard to learn how to exercise faith all over again for some reason it taught me to value the things I know even more and become much more converted, anyway there I was sitting in the prayer just meditating on that, something that woke me up was when Elder Jensen said ´´your testimony was so good in the ccm Elder Seffker´´ and now I can say it is better, I do know, and I feel better, I have grown a lot here in the mission. then the pause stopped in the prayer and the person praying said something like ´´we thank thee for our religion which can exist because we can have prayer. then D Todd Christoferson talked about the Church and how it is an organization that allows us to follow Christ, with the Priesthood, it was really cool.

 Once in a while Nate has time to doodle...wow to be able to draw like that!

Shoes ready to be shined up for tomorrow! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

we are precious

thanks, I feel really good here in this new area, it is also cool to see you are doing good. I really feel like this area and companion will be able to teach me a lot, it makes me feel like I am in a test, you know like a game. but more serious like  a socialist society like that lame book me and Mike read called hatched but a lot cooler, something that I am already learning now is to love the people more and do things for the right reasons always, ``obedience is the first law in heaven but love is part of the first great commandments`` that is not a quote but it is a good summary of things I have been learning, so also something cool is my prayers are becoming more cool , I mean it is easier now to have faith without thinking too much on that, there are always good challenges though. I feel really happy now thinking of the valuable things this short time and effort has taught me. So to be clear I am in an area called P I dont know why I wrote that it means nothing to you well I guess if you really want you can all look up P on Google and see it, its a small city I think, a big area for a missionary, we have like half the city or something, anyway I know the things I am learning here are important, the people are extremely important to the Lord here, I mean it that is something else, maybe one of the bigger things I am learning now is that to God we are precious so be sure to remember that in case you forget, there are many trials coming I am guessing and one for me was loving my self more and accepting the Savior. well love you all chau

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

faith has really strengthened me

well this week was great we had a killer lesson with Migelina, we took a tiny bit of initiative and brought her neighbor, they are friends by blessing and the lesson was way fun, this person is really open and we laugh a bit but during the Spiritual moments she seems to be understanding and during the lesson she mentioned that she wants to share the Gospel and go and help the people, it seems after we talk about baptism she always says something about enduring to the end, she is learning the Gospel, she shared some experiences with us that I can directly relate to, it was really Spiritual when she related a dream she had and I was able to testify of how the Lord has spoken to me in a similar way and the other dream she had is starting to make sense, truly the Lord is preparing people as He has said, during my prayers that night I felt that the Lord called me here to be there as a part of my life. well also something cool is I am seeing real conversion in myself which honestly has been difficult, learning day after day by faith has really strengthened me and during one of my studies I realized I have come for a really good purpose as I felt prompted to ask my self some questions about my testimony by reading the baptismal interview questions I realized how much my testimony has been strengthen, that is probably one of the most valuable things I found here, so awesome, yeAh yeeeeah yeEah well just so you know I have been receiving your letters I will respond...... in a year or so, unless I forget jk Ill respond soon. this week was a success, love you all sorry i dont have time to respond to dads letter but I read it  nobody else get injured 
We sent him a cool Lego man Light!! He got it! YEAH

Monday, September 14, 2015

Nate's companion taught him some authentic Bolivia food!

His way is better

my Sabbath day was a good.  
that is a cool story, it really makes sense, I feel like coming to Church this week was a little bit like that in the story, in the way that me and my companion felt like we worked pretty hard, and invited a lot of people to Church that said they would come but nobody came from our investigators but it was a good lesson, why, because after I was sort of disappointed for a little bit, I started thinking about what is important, especially about the future, I don't have to feel bad if other people don't do their part but that is what usually bothers me, is I never have done my part 100% I have tried but I don't quite make it so I was thinking of that a little in Church until we took the Sacrament, everything went good after that it made me feel like a little kid, reminds me of 3 ne 11 where is says we should all become as little children to enter into the kingdom of God. so that is something that was really cool this week is taking the Sacrament, in my prayers at night I was talking about that, how I can be more like a little kid, and more innocent. what is interesting is I said a prayer asking what I could do, I said the prayer before going in to the Sacrament room and the answer I got was something like "depend on the Lord" so I guess that was all I had to do, that really is wise counsel, something that I have been learning lately, it has helped me view the contrast in feelings between depending on Him and trying to solve everything by yourself, we anyway that is what I learned and I know that the Lord talks to those who really try to talk to Him but in His own way and His way is better. love you thanks for your support all, thanks for your prayers love you

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

faith in the people

Well this week was a good one, we have found some really cool people the Lord is really blessing us, I have seen a lot of faith in the people we are teaching and it has made me a lot stronger to see examples of people appying faith, sort of motivates you a little bit, we seem to be getting a lot better as a companionship from when we meet each other like 3 months ago, I think my companion has improved in a lot of things and we have been able to help each other a lot, I will have to tell you more about what happened this week but her is a bit

we found a guy that is really faithful that wants to be baptised and be sealed with his family, i know you have heard a million stories like this before but for him to make it to church they have to get up at like 4 in the morning or something and this guy is really awesome, in Church he already seemed to have a testimony on tithing before we even taught him tithing, his wife/girlfriend is a member and he is an example to her, she said she got sick one night and it was really hard for her and when morning came she saw her husband reading in the Scriptures, this guy starting reading the Gospel Principles book basically before we even starting teaching him.  the Lord has shown me lately some really great examples, how interesting they arent even members. I am really grateful that I am here, the Lord has blessed me a lot, I honestly dont feel like I am at all better because I have came to meet some people lately, I am trying to improve here since I got here, some days are harder than others it seems and some are just like dreams when you think about them, they go really fast but what I am saying is I dont know why now in my mission suddenly at this time the Lord has shown me two really prepared people but I know it isnt just because i took a Spiritual quantum leap, I am happy to see now a little more clearly that the people I have taught before on my mission probably did understand what I shared and there may be many seeds left in people. that was something that I didnt think about untill just a bit ago here in the past few weeks or so, but love you I know the Church is true. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

having the book of Mormon in hand has in a way given us more power

sounds like you all are having a good time. me too this week was really good, I learned a lot and my testimony has gotten better
on Tuesday it was cool we had a division, and the people we visited were mostly from an old part of our area, it was fun to learn some new things in a familiar place and see some people I haven't seen in a while. the highlights of that day would have had to be a change i saw in one person that day and how their faith really helped them get there. 
we stopped by the house of an elderly sister that would be baptized later in this Saturday. when we came she pretty much immediately started by talking about her doubts in tithing, apparently it had been briefly explained but now the day later doubts had come and we all talked about it for nearly an hour which in my part was not super wise because I ignored the idea to start with a prayer, just so confident in my own ability to explain things, after we dissected the commandment to pay tithing probably more than I had ever thought before it was time for her baptismal interview, yes exactly that, right after we explain that and she seemed to be doubting silently still we invited her to do the interview we scheduled. It was an amazing interview, my first but it doesn't matter at all, the important is that we can have the Spirit there. I can say that in the interview we started with a prayer, I felt the Spirit, I am sure she did and the doubts went away, it was amazing to see the contrast. this Saturday she was baptized into the Church and I could feel a good feeling just before she got in the water, it helped me in my testimony, so happy and I could feel how valid the baptism really was, even after, it seemed like a humble baptism and it was really peaceful, couldn't think of a better thing to happen there.  despite the drunk less active who walked in and was shouting annoying things for the final hymn. it was awesome the day of the interview because I feel like the Lord was communicating to me that the blessings and miracles come after the trail of faith and I was able to explain that a few times with the sister the day of her decision and interview. amazing that after all of the deep examples and stuff we tried it came down to her faith nothing about where her tithing goes or how we hand it in or if they had tithing the same way in the Bible's time. its all so simple. another cool thing. we have been contacting more using the book of Mormon, usually people are waiting to tell you to come back another day to basically just get rid of you when you contact them but having the book of Mormon in hand has in a way given us more power, it is like a thing you can use even after they reject you, and it often helps depending on if the person listens. just a bit ago we sat a lady sitting in the shade eating fruit so we contacted her, asked if we could share a bit and she said well I'm Catholic, or okay we said then we asked if we could share a Scripture we sort of got a o okay why not then after that we asked hey are you sure and she said, well my husband is Catholic, then we said can we talk with your husband and sure enough, he came and was super nice, invited us to sit down, talked about the Book of Mormon and the Restoration. well that is some of the stuff that happened so basically what I learned is we just need to have a lot of faith well actually a perfect faith. love you and keep up the good work 

the Savior first healed the man spiritually by forgiving his sins and then healed him physically, enabling him to stand and walk

well this week was a good one, last Tuesday was cool because we taught a couple that are investigation the Church now, they are really nice and the sister really wants to learn and progress, they both have good desires in life and we taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the lesson and it went really well, I hope they actually pray and use their faith they still haven't come to Church their names are w and g, then we managed to get into another house and it was a sort of less active guy but he really does have a bit of trouble coming to Church, when I came and meet him I remember we gave him a blessing that he would heal according to his faith or something like that then in the lesson I was able to tell him he would have the necessary health as he showed his faith and came, this Sunday he showed up and it was super cool, he was able to attend all 3 meetings and I didnt expect that, he has a lot of faith in coming to the first meeting because he can only sit for a certain amount of time, he mentioned in the lesson however that he feels like he is healing up a bit. then Wednesday honestly i dont remember super well but it was a day where we got to contact and walk a lot, that was sort of the main part of these past days here, they are fun to see if you get into to someone´s house, in concepcion it seemed a lot easier, it feels like I am in level 2 here of my mission it is challenging at times but I think it is just as easy as level one because I have improved. We have been visiting members a lot lately , we have been trying to work with members more in all of the mission. now is the time that we do that, sometimes you forget how easy it may be to mention to a freind something about the Gospel, who knows if they would be interested. yesterday we were just talking with a really great member who was a little reluctant to give a pamphlet to her freind and I was just thinking that I would have been the same if I were not a missionary, i would not have realized how much easier it is to accept a pamplet from a friend that says hey this is a really cool thing that helped me I thought you might want to take a look at it. instead of listening to a missionary that looks like he is trying to sell you something and convince to come to Church. anyway  yesterday, was really awesome we have meeting some of the goals we have set as a district and it is rewarding for me to see that many came on their own , without us having to invite them I dont think i would have wished for a better way of them coming, when they take initiative, that is another thing they are talking about in the mission, take initiative, and it is interesting how important that is in missionary work. so I think that is a fair enough summary of what has happened this week also I have grown in my personal testimony as well, I am constantly working on no doubts it seems but the help always comes as I turn to the Lord in faith, He has never let me down and I know that He lives and that the Church is true. I know that faith is essential in having a strong testimony, you can see all the miracles you want and with out faith deny what light you have.´´ in Mark 2:1–12, four faithful friends lowered a man with the palsy through a roof to be healed by Christ. In response to this act of faith, the Savior first healed the man spiritually by forgiving his sins and then healed him physically, enabling him to stand and walk.
´´When we approach the Savior in faith, He is anxious to bless us with even more than we seek. The man and his friends may have requested physical healing, but a loving Savior, knowing the man’s heart and greatest needs, granted what was sought and more. He will do that for us also if we are not of little faith.´´
. well I love you guys have a good children´s day and keep on serving and stuff, I still rember a lot of the service that was done for me from years back. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

we all need JesusChrist

this week was a good week for me, I learned somethings that are cool, starting on Tuesday, i will say tuesday was good, the district meeting went good, the Lord has always helped me do the meetings often in planning or the meeting its self, this time I asked a lot of questions and stuff, I am learning how to be a better teacher , i feel like others learn when they teach parts of the class, it is participation but more than just asking textbook questions, the lesson that I felt I should teach was questions of the soul and in the class i felt inspired to challenge them to learn them, Mike knows what I am talking about, they are questions you can find in preach my Gospel chapter 5, many missionaries have it memorized, they are extremely useful in sharing the Gospel. there are many questions of the soul but these ones can be found in the book of Mormon that happened to be the other topic i felt I could talk about in meeting, how to share scriptures, which if you care is in chapter 10 but anyway the lesson was interesting, the Spirit is real, and there are really spiritual gifts. wednesday i had a division it was really fun and at the end of the day when we talked about what to improve it was funny because the whole time proselyting was so smooth, we went from lesson to lesson and did quick awesome contacts in between there was almost no wait time and the lessons that day all seemed really awesome. it is nice to think that it is possible to have days like that, sometimes Satan tempts people to think things like that are not possible because we are not perfect in reality what things come are not possible because of us.
friday was good but one of my companions had a little sickness so I was able to clean a lot and learned about Church history a bit. it animated me to study about that the next day and I have a greater love for the restoration, when i think about how the world was being prepared it is interesting that the Lord chose the Smith family to receive the Gospel first in this dispensation.  Saturday was really awesome in morning the Spirit helped me change the plans just a bit when we were out, I had a feeling to go in a certain direction and that led me to visit a family and invite them to a missionary activity that we had that day, really cool because we got there and she was going less active and we had no idea but she had a problem and it turns out that my companion had nearly the exact same experience. After the visit she was happier and mentioned that she wants to serve a mission. later that day we had the missionary activity and it went good then after we visited a really cool investigator that was found just because we had felt inspired to contact his house a little while ago, he mentioned to us how he was feeling light and peace as we visited with him and he is super happy how we like to talk about God and His path when we come, he has good desire and I pray that he will keep progressing with them, his daughter is a less active that simply got offended and some other lame problem. but anyway this guy really wants to come to Church, he is accustomed to a Church with leaders that dont follow the Spirit very much and ramble about politics and so on. Sunday was good and little challenging but nothing to bad, they accidentally skipped me in the Sacrament, I have no idea why but it made me mad and then a youngen gave a talk and I started to judge him and think in my head of how little he must have prepared and then how much people stink, then the next talk came up and it touched my heart and slapped me a bit. in the class before a sister had come to me and asked help to prepare a talk on the sacrament they had called her the day before and her knowledge was notably limited in the subject. she was scared to give the talk and i sort of just pointed at some paragraphs and stuff in the Gospel principles book that she could use and she continued preparing until the meeting. and after remembering that and seeing her give the talk that i helped prepare i dropped the cane on myself and started to feel happy again and i realized that we all stink a bit and that we all need JesusChrist because mercy and grace are what we need and I repented and took the Sacrament after and things were good, love ya 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pastor went into the Gospel Principles class he loved it so much

this week was really good honestly i don't remember a lot of it, I remember there was something that stood out to me this week though, i think it was last week that we were walking in the street and a Pastor came and contacted us, he is really friendly and pretty nice, he basically wanted to see what we were about I think, in the contact he mention that he felt something to talk to us, my companion saw a lot of potential in him i think and gave him a book of Mormon, he invited us to his house and so later we went, I did talk about him last week i think i remember now but the cool thing is on Saturday this week we came back and he told us that he received revelation that his Church is not true and that the Lord was telling him not to take that path, it was interesting because he was not in his Pastor clothes and he kept on asking sincere good questions. My companion is very good at seeing potential in other people and I am glad that we had set up a visit. Obviously we invited him to Church. then later when Church was starting my companion called him up, he said that he was back in his other Church. well okay, I think that maybe if I wasn't sitting there listening to pure truth in the true Church maybe my testimony would have faltered a little, i tried to keep my faith strong and just like ice that brakes in the cold if your faith doesn't sink by the weight the cracks in logic fill in through time, I am not trying to make a profound expression here I just don't know how to explain this perfectly, I was in the moment where I was just wondering hm well thats weird how is it that this man of faith has returned to the Church God told him is wrong, still I don't know. Later yesterday we did a division because we had a meeting today for district leaders and so on so that night I met up with a missionary from another area he listened to what I had to say about what I just wrote and then told me that he had a similar experience yesterday to. He had miraculously found a pastor yet in his story the guy didn't trust so much what they taught him, he told me, they taught with power and authority and the pastor came to Church,this guy came to Church, leap of faith right. the priesthood meeting the Pastor was slightly confused, I am just going to tell you the lesson was more oriented towards priesthood holders and it included a demonstration but when the Pastor guy went into the Gospel Principles class he loved it so much he stood and boor his testimony of the truthfulness of this Church and set him self a baptismal date. 
well there is always something for those who wait with patience and faith. I learned about that in one of my studies as well this week.
well love you and keep on doing the things that make you happy, I liked the quote you gave Mom

Monday, July 20, 2015

often when people get doubts they look for evidence instead of faith and start to fall

we are in a trio of missionaries now, we are learning a ton and things are really going good. The zone conference was interesting and I felt the Spirit. In our área we gave a couple of blessings and the priesthood is real. It is a really amazing gift that we have. The member that we gave a blessing to was a bit sick but she got better and came to Church. In the blessing I remember only a Little but I remember she was blessed with health and it is true, I am seeing some promises come true. I know that the Church is true and that it is the best way to help people. The Spirit tells me of things, it is like I already know, really interesting. It makes me think of a lesson that we had a couple days ago. we talked about the salt of the earth and a scripture came to my head that I found in my studies
9 pero he aquí, la fe no viene por las señales, mas las señales siguen a los que creen. 

10 Sí, las señales vienen por la fe, no por la voluntad de los hombres, ni como les plazca, sino por la voluntad de Dios. 

maybe I shared it but it is really true, often when people get doubts they look for evidence instead of faith and start to fall. Maybe that is why so many don't except the message at first.
Yesterday we were contacting and i felt like we should turn a certain way and we found someone awesome that wants to hear the message. That made me happy
love you sorry it is a short letter i got to jet loveyou Elder Seffker

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

looking for a normal life. the Church is the recipe

well what happened, yesterday was a good day and the week was good, I have a new companion, his name is Elder C he is cool, he is new in the mission, he has his training done. we have been trying to work in the part of our area where we have never been, it is really cool there are some cool sights that look like what I would imagine in the book of Mormon. time flies here way fast, it just never stops for me to catch up, Im getting behind a bit in my journal and stuff but I am learning a lot and that is one of the good things about being here. yesterday in Church we learned a lot, we had two investigators come from around our area, one I had seen before and the other was new, he just showed up, interesting how people seem to come so easily from member invites and the missionaries work all week and can barely get anyone to come to Church. It is obvious that member missionary work is extremely important, i wish that would have clicked in my head before the mission. I would encourage members to take all the mission opportunities that come in their way, the Spirit can tell you good when your looking. I only say that because that is what we ought to do not that I did it much. let me tell you about the other investigator that came, I dont remember his name, he is from ukraine that is why, but he showed up likely because a member missionary gave him an invite or something. in his country he must have heard about the Church, he told us he has seen the missionaries all over the world. here is what happened

Elder M and I were asking for references from this member missionary i was talking about, she is the one I told Mom about that always does missionary work and has helped baptize many people for her good references to missionaries and Spirit outlook. she mentioned some russian guy in the neigborhood and told us he wants to talk with the missionaries but he doesnt speak spanish or anything so nobody understands him, Elder M said he passed by and the guy said in a´´ lot of work´´ a couple times and so we hadnt visited him but then in a division i had we were just contacting and we contacted someone by his house and they told us that some guy wants to hear us so a few days later me and Elder M went to contact that house, and Elder M mentioned to me that it was the house where that russian guy was, and he answered the door and basically said the same thing but Elder M pulled out contacting cards and the guy lit up a bit and accepted a few and he seemed to like it but we didnt really talk because he cant really talk in any language that we understand but we sort of left and left it at that, one day we were doing planing and Elder M told me that during his prayer he was thinking about that guy so we put him in the schedule but we didnt quite make it to visiting him. then yesterday I see this guy walk in to church and he manages to tell President D that he can talk a little english and so it was really fun for me because i got to sit by him in priesthood meeting and translate to english, i dont think he understood much but he brought his bible in his language and we showed him a scripture about fasting and he said {muchos buenos{ and so he understood something i guess and then later yesterday after Church we went to his house, I was about to not do it but I felt like I should contact a house by his and no one was there but he walked out of his house and called us over to visit a minitue. he managed to tell us that he look on the computer and his old house got blown up over there and that a lot of other stuff to got messed up in his country thanks to the many wars over there. he told us that drugs and wars and other stuff i didnt understand are very bad, but what we do is normal. I want to share the Gospel with people like that , he lives solo in his house and he basically can talk with anyone, he probably really came to Church because he heard somehow that we could help him find employment, but he is real and all that he is looking for a normal life. the Church is the recipe, is it not normal to want to live in peace, have a family that stays together, learn to love life, why then do we always do crazy things, i am not sure but i thought that was interesting how that guy said that, it might be because he didnt know how to say something else but its still true. I know the Church is true, i was reading recently of Joseph Smith, i can say that the Lord did call him as a prophet.
love you

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

even to an experiment upon my words

It sounds like things are good, so you must have had fun on the Mexico trip. Johnny already has merit badges, that is pretty good, Scott almost has his Eagle wow. I liked  that scripture in Alma 50 it is a good chapter, tomorow I will finish the Book of Mormon, we have been Reading a certian amount everyday as a misión and tomorrow is the last day. I am glad that we have that book and that we know about it, it really changes people. it inspires us to do good, i read that in my study, anything from the Lord will tell us to do good things and that is one way to tell if something is good, the light of Christ. I like what you said also 23 But behold there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni, yea, even at this time, in the twenty and first year of the reign of the judges. it is pretty cool that a righteous leader can help others to do good, it looks like the people rarley stay happy in the book of Mormon, sadly they just start to get prideful. 19 And thus we see how merciful and just are all the dealings of the Lord, to the fulfilling of all his words unto the children of men; yea, we can behold that his words are verified, even at this time, which he spake unto Lehi, saying:
 20 Blessed art thou and thy children; and they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
we have the same promise here and when we choose to follow Christ we become childen of light through faith. that is what I got from my study today we choose where we want to end. I like what you said too , I feel like things dont click in my head sometimes, this is true
28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue‍ of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?
 29 And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weepseeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?
 30 And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths‍ like this, it would not be beginning to the number of thy creationsand thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever;
 31 And thou hast taken Zion‍ to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity; and naught but peace, justiceand truth is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?
 32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own handsand gave unto them their knowledgein the day created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave unto man his agency;
 33 And unto thy brethren have said, and also given commandment, that they should love‍ one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate‍ their own blood;
gives me a lot of comfort and questons but I know that the Lord cares what we do, you can just forget about the Lord for a short time, He always remembers you.

this week what happened well, lets see we had some cool contacts, on the second división I did this week I learned something cool. we had a sister in the área that we know pretty well, she gives us lunch on Saturday, she has a son that is inactive and he hasnt spoke much with us or any missionaries. the sister has tried to help him but he doesnt seem to have any interest, he seems to only be interested in acdc and his girlfriend and stuff. but we passed by and she must have been inspired to ask us if we could give him a blessing if he wants one, supposivly his girl dumped him or something and he was seeing people that werent there and things,and she asked him and to my suprise he accepted and when we gave him the blessing it was really quick but the Spirit was present and we just started talking to him, like `how do you feel`and he said good , and we asked him some more things like `can we say a prayer``do you believe in the word of Christ` he answer no but I used to `immediatley we went to `do you have a desire to believe` and he responded si and so we used that part in alma 32 that talks about that 27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire‍ to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in manner that ye can give place for portion of mywords.
 28 Now, we will compare the word unto seedNow, if ye give place, that seed‍ may be planted in your heartbehold, if it be true seed, or good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbeliefthat ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, itbeginneth to enlighten‍ my understandingyea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
 and he seemed to gain more and more faith, and at the first he seemed like he wouldnt talk to me a Little bit but he took time to answer the questions we asked him, later we asked something like `what things can you do to invite the Spirit into your life`and we used 2 nephi 32 before a Little bit and we talked about Reading the scriptures and prayer, and how the Spirit tells us to do things like that and he answered the question that he can go to Church, i was amazed the Spirit can really work in people as if i didnt know, by the end he had compromised to read the Bible, pray and go to Church. 
if you just make space in your heart the Word grows in you , Christ grows in you, you grow to become as He is

love you