This week has been amazing! It is really fun and energizing to see the atonement change people’s lives – both investigators and missionaries. It is very important for a missionary to gain a testimony of the atonement, and to know that God exists and is loving, just and merciful. Some missionaries come and they struggle because they haven’t come with the right mindset, but over a couple of weeks or months it’s amazing to see the change that they experience.
The atonement is for the unworthy who need to be cleaned and the worthy who need strength to stay clean and keep being sanctified. That is the process we are all in. It is very interesting what the word sacrament means ‘Instrumento para hacer santo’ (instrument to make holy). That’s what it is for; it’s there so we can continue to be sanctified by the spirit and blood of Christ. To those who are sanctified there are big promeses (promises) and blessing that we receive.
Keep being worth to recieve the blessing that God has for each one of you.
Love you all!
This week my comp and I had some good experiences, and we’ve seen some good signs in our area. Our Ward Mission Leader is now working hand in hand with us. He has struggled a lot in his life, having gone through two marriages and experienced a lot of other things. He really opened up to us and expressed that he needs help, so we helped him as much as we could and then turned him to the Source. He recently gave us a referral and it’s his girlfriend, who has lots of potential, so that turned out well.
Also I want to share with you all some confirmations I have had this week. First, a quote from Tadd R. Callister: “With increased vision comes increased motivation.” If we have an eternal perspective on things, we will know for sure what we need to do and we will feel a desire to do it. People who don’t obey are disobedient because they don’t see the point and don’t feel a desire to obey because their vision is so limited and they don’t understand their divine potential as a child of God. If they knew who God was and that he was just like us and had to obey to progress, they would do the same. We need increased vision.
Second, we were some one before this life. If we could see who we were we would be very surprised about some of our actions and feelings toward some things. We were very valiant in the testimony of Christ before this life and while here on earth we need to do the same. If you want to study more on that topic, I invite you to do so.
Keep being obedient and going to the temple!
Love you all,
I have come to know my Savior a lot more in these past couple of weeks. He went through a lot! And all of it for us and because he loves us.
I just want you all to know that He lives! The power of the atonement is real and I have seen it in my life and in the lives of many others. I know I am far away in Oaxaca, but the feelings of the gospel are the same. I love reading the scriptures! One thing I am looking forward to is reading and using all the books that we have. The word heals the wounded soul. It is through the light that the word imparts to its readers that comfort and peace are imparted to the soul and heal it. I love the Lord. I am his servant and forever will be.
Love you all!
Well, we had some really good experiences this week. We found a new investigator this and the lesson with her was amazing; her name is Carmen. She started out telling us that her son convinced her that we are all sinners and that we are all going to hell. She looked depressed, so we taught her about our loving Heavenly Father and her divine potential as a daughter of God. It was really interesting to see her spirit respond to the message. During the whole lesson you could see a hope starting to grow because deep down she wants that. We are all made to want to become like God, so it was awesome to see her reaction and the change she made as well.
Also we taught a member. We teach members here in this mission, and I learn a ton from teaching them! This member’s daughter married, had 4 children, her husband was called as a Stake President, and then the husband decided he didn’t want anything to do with the Church and left. The kids were affected by it and all the neighbors too. So while she told us everything, we listened and shared a message of hope that she needed badly. After lessons like that I always look back and think – wow, I am 20 years old, have graduated from high school, attended a semester at the U, played sports my whole life, and more things like that. Then I think that, to the world, I am the most unqualified person to help her out. Then I think, well, I have the Priesthood, I know that Christ lives and that he performed a perfect atonement, and I have been called by a Prophet of God to bring people to Christ. So to God, I am the most qualified for the job.
It’s amazing what the gospel can do. And the knowledge one obtains in the mission is amazing and a huge blessing. I love the mission and I love my Savior. Keep going to the temple and reading!
Love you all!
That’s sweet that Becca is going to serve in Ecuador! I have a Sister in my District from there!
This week has been very edifying for me. I have really focused on trying to do better with my prayers, studies, teaching and everything. This is when I can get that ‘last push’ in. I compare my last change / assignment to a game or working out. The last couple of minutes or seconds are crucial in a game and in working out. Those last couple of reps that really burn are what give you the strength, just as we work out to get those last couple of reps in that really hurt. I need to finish really strong and get that last change in that is really going to give me a lot of growth.
I have felt the Lord’s hand this week and we have had wonderful experiences. On Tuesday we contacted someone in a tienda (store) and she let us teach here in the store so we taught her two times last week and she went to church! I really love the last lesson we had with her. We taught her about Christ’s life and what he did and then we led her into a cliff-hanger, recounting the great apostasy and she had a lot of questions, which is a big sign that she wants to learn. You can only learn through questions. We left her with an assignment to read and she is going to search for answers. That is how we are helping people here become self reliant. I can’t wait to have the next lesson with her! Also, a returned Sister missionary here is helping to fellowship and teach her, so she has a friend right now in the Ward. Things are going well.
Love all of you! And I hope we are all keeping up with the ‘apresurando la obra’ (hastening the work). If we don’t, we will be left behind.
Love you all,
Here’s the ‘bano exterior’ (outhouse):
Well just to let you all know – I am no longer in Huatulco. I am now in a area called Dainzu. I’m in a city and it is cold! I am excited to be here and I am on the last leg.
Right now my asignación (assignment) is weird – they put me as menor (Jr. Companion) but also as District Leader. I am super happy that I get to teach every week. I just also saw some of my generation (MTC group) leave for home. It was weird; you will get to know them soon. I don’t have much time, but thanks for everything!
Love you all!
This week was really good. We had an Investigator come to church for the first time!!! It was awesome and it is always a good feeling to see them walk through the door with a member! He is reading and progressing really well. When we first met him he really didn’t know if there was a God. But now he has had some experiences in his prayers to help him with that. I love to see people exercise their faith and then see it grow. I love how the gospel is so simple.
We had a good experience with a joven (young lady) we are helping right now in the branch. She finally opened up to us and told us something very important that was stopping her from progressing. So we explained the process of repentance and how to actually do it, and we have set goals with her so she can break off the chains that have been holding her back and become free. The most amazing thing to me is that Christ can heal a broken soul. He doesn’t only heal and cure people physically, but he can heal the very soul. It is an amazing process and a huge blessing that he has given us. It will be fun to see her progress.
I also had the opportunity to give a blessing to a sick Hermana (Sister) in the zone and it was just a really good experience. We all felt the power of the Priesthood and I was able to be an instrument so that she was able to get guidance in this time of her life. I am grateful for the opportunity to have the Priesthood and use it to bless others. Stay worthy to exercise and receive the blessings of the Priesthood.
Love you all!
This week we traveled to Oaxaca! The trip was good but also a little exhausting. It was a 9 hour bus ride one way (so 18 in total) but a really good experience!
We started off talking about the desafios (challenges) of the Mission and what we need to do to improve them. Then we broke up into groups to receive revelation and talk about how we can help in certain areas. My group chose obedience. It was a really good topic to think about, and after that we started with a fast and went to the temple. That was the first time I had entered the temple for six months – I was really excited and it was a really good session! I love going to the temple! I know it is the house of the lord and that we can receive further light and knowledge there, if we seek it. I have told you guys this many times but take advantage of having a temple so close and go often.
P.S. Here is a pic of me and one of my old comps and another missionary I lived with for a while. The one on the left is Elder Cameron and Elder Haug is on the right.
Thank you so much for the package! I loved the pics, and enjoyed the decorations and Christmas candy. That’s super weird to hear that Becca is seriously dating boys. And everyone is growing up. Keith and Miriam looked the most changed during the call, but Keith looks super different with the long hair. I also hear that Kyle is tearing it up with 3 triple-doubles! And also Tyler. Pure Utah talent going hard – that’s what I like to hear. No way – Edward is home?! That is super weird. Now he will be laughing a ton with his two brothers. Everyone will start to come home soon. It’s going to be a big change.
Below is a picture of me in a pueblo outside of my area called St. Maria Huatulco. In the picture there is a dummy that they traditionally at the beginning of the New Year. They burn it and it represents all the bad habits that they have and that they are going to change. That’s a tradition here in Oaxaca.
This week has been a little tough, but now everything is almost back to normal with vacations and everything. Because there are a lot of tourists here, all the locals are super busy. But we talked with a few people and I actually contacted in English; I felt really weird and–to be honest–I don’t really like it. it just feels really unnatural talking about and preaching the gospel in English. I have really become accustomed to learning the gospel in Spanish. The other day I looked in my English scriptures for the first time in a while and it is weird how they talk. So that was a new experience.
In addition to its challenges, this week had several highlights. One of my favorite experiences was giving a blessing to one of the Hermanas (Sisters) in the zone. She asked for a blessing of comfort because she needs some help right now. When I gave her the blessing I felt the power of the Priesthood really strongly, and I knew the Lord put the words she needed to hear in my mouth, and that she felt the comfort that comes from the Priesthood.
It is fun helping and serving others when they need it. Keep looking for small ways to serve others. I know you guys do a great job with that.
Love you all!
Thanks for the Skype call! It was fun to talk to you all and see everyone. It is weird the family is growing up. It’s good but it’s weird.
Honestly, I have to go to the bathroom really bad and there isn’t one in this Internet cafe, so I am going to be brief in my remarks. Here is a photo of the District and one of some of the gifts you gave me.
Thanks for everything – love you all!!