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 to be able to draw like that!

Shoes ready to be shined up for tomorrow!