Dont worry – I haven’t opened your Christmas gifts yet, We are going to Skype on the 2th at 5pm MY TIME. It will be good to see you all again.
This week I am learning a lot. Really, I have learned that I am not here to obtain knowledge for myself and to do things for myself. The Savior lived a life in which he turned outward; everything He did he turned outward, and He never thought about himself; rather, He did everything for us and out of His love for Heavenly Father. It’s hard to do that! But it is possible – so I am trying to change.
My comp is teaching me a lot! He is from Mexico City and is a really good teacher. His name is Elder Fernandez. You´ll meet him soon. Sorry I didn’t write a lot, but I will see you all on the 25th!
Love you all,
Wow – I don’t know what to say . . . Keith is home! it sounds like he is doing really well and is really helping a lot of people realize what is important. Thanks for not sending pictures – I don’t even want to imagine that yet.
I have learned a lot this past week about just telling people how it is and what they need to do; the gospel is simple but powerful. We had a meeting with elder Velinzuena, and he talked about the importance of finding others to teach. It was amazing, but the part I loved the most was the little interview I had with him after! He has a very strong spirit and reflects the love of Christ in all his actions. The interview was really powerful and he gave me some really good counsel on how to improve the work. He talked to me about how the Lord was / is a perfect Shepard, and how we all are becoming perfect shepards too. It was incredible!
I have changed a lot. As I have tried to represent the Lord, I have grown a love for this people and for the culture. Two years isn’t enough time. But I love the opportunity the Lord has given me to serve.
Love you all! and go to the temple. I can’t wait to go again. I haven’t gone to the temple for seven months because there isn’t one close to me. Take advantage of that blessing!
Well I am now going to be in this area for 6 months, but I love it! It’s big and there is a lot of work to do here. It’s been really fun to meet all the members and get to know them. I have learned so much in this area – it’s called Ixtepec Centro – I love it here!
Right now feel like the Lord is stretching me. A lot of times in the mission you don’t feel ready for things and you just have to rely completely on the Lord. I have felt the power of prayer and the comfort the scriptures bring to me when I don’t think I can do something. But I just have to make sure I am obedient and doing everything with an eye single to the glory of God. Also, it is super important to be positive all the time. The Spirit cannot be with someone who is thinking or talking negatively. You always have to be positive, or in gospel terms – have faith. Faith always points to the future and in the last conference some one said, “the Kingdom of Heaven is not fit for those who dwell in the past.” We need to be filled with faith and a bright hope for the future.
I love the Lord and am thankful to be involved in His work. The power of the Atonement is real and changes people. Use it as much as you can!
Love you all! Keep reading and going to the temple.
This week is amazing; well, every week gets better in the scriptures and serving. I love reading about the life of the Savior during this time of year. Even though there is no snow it still feels like a wonderful time of year. And I love singing hymns during our lessons. With the investigators we are singing Christmas songs now and it is a great way to enhance the Spirit in the lesson and open the heart of the investigators. It’s interesting to see them react to the hymn. Their reaction gives us insight into how open and prepared they are by the Lord to receive this message. And for the Spirit of Christmas, it is the greatest gift that we can offer.
I have been in my area for almost five months now and we have transfers at the end of this week, so there is a chance I am leaving.
That’s a cool experience that all the cousins went to the temple, and way to go, Mason for getting the names for everyone!
This morning I was reading in 2 nefi 33 where Nephi is giving his final words and the words he finishes with just describe him perfectly: ” y yo debo obedecer “. My mind went to the other scripture in 2 Nephi where he says “oh miserable hombre que soy”, because he is talking about his mortal and imperfect state. Si, no somos perfectos y vamos a cometer errores pero “yo debo obedecer” si quiero sentir feliz y el amor de Dios en mi vida. “Yo debo obedecer”– there really is no other choice but to be obedient when you look at the grand scheme of things. It’s almost a no-brainer when making a decision. The test is the good better and best options. That’s what I am really trying to do right now; I am trying to have the best thoughts, feelings, words and actions towards others. It’s hard, but that’s part of killing the ‘natural man’.
Love you all! Keep becoming more converted!