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