That’s cool that our house is a big social place. it sounds like there is a party every night there. And the family Christmas party sounded really good. Thats super funny that Ashton was Santa. And it’s good to here that you have all provided an environment where Edgen, if that’s how you spell his name, could feel the Spirit.
That’s really cool that you are all participating in the work and that you have a chance right in the house to preach the gospel. That should be a really good experience for the family and for Becca so she can get ready to serve a mission. It’s still weird to me that Becca will be farther along in school than me when I get back. And that’s awesome that Rachael is dating a lot. Hopefully she will be finding with the hedge-trimmer (haha).
That was cool seeing Brother Durrant up on that stand giving the closing prayer at the Christmas Devotional. And those messages were amazing. I loved all the stories thay shared of people helping others. I also loved all their testimonies, but Eyring’s was especially good – I liked his a lot!
Wow – sounds like you guys had a blast! And you all lucked out and got two Thanksgiving dinners with the two sides of the family.
This Thanksgiving I went to Soriana – it’s like the Walmart of Mexico, with a good friend named Elder Whitehead. We each ate a whole chicken with tortillas and salsa. So it was a little different, but it was good. And instead of a Turkey Bowl we played basketball under the burning hot sun while the Mission President was doing interviews. It was really fun.
That is the Amazing!!! I am so happy that they are taking the right steps to put things in order. That is the answer to many prayers. I love what Nana said “The Father has employed the power of the atonement in their behalf. The sealing covenant of generations is taking effect. Don’t ever disbelieve the power of that binding covenant, live it, believe it.” That is powerfull! Even though I am not there with the family watching it unfold, I can feel it.
I don’t know if I read that part right when Rachael told me that Keith went to DISNEY ON ICE instead of a BYU football game. Wow – he is hooked! He use to make fun of Disney On Ice on the TV, and now he won’t miss those for anything. He starts to wear a helmet, then one thing leads to another, and now he is going to Disney On Ice instead of a BYU football game. I’ll have to see if I recognize him when I get back.
This week was good we had some good lessons with investigators and menos activos (less actives). We visited an Hermana who hasn’t come to Church for a while. We taught her about the Atonement and what she needs to do to use it. It was such a simple lesson but really powerful. Even though the Atonement is the center of the gospel, it is the most in-depth part. I honestly don’t know how Christ did it, and I am unable to comprehend it, but I do accept it by faith. I have felt it and know it is real. So in this lesson my companion and I bore testimony of the Atonement and the reality of it. And I know she felt the spirit. It was such a simple lesson, but there was a profound impression left that night.
I want you all to know that Christ lives and that the Atonement is real! All we have to do is obey to receive his tender mercies. And our Father is loving and perfect in everything. He is perfectly happy and knows exactly what we need to live the same lifestyle. I love you all and families can be together forever!
Today was changes (transfers). I am staying in Huatulco and my comp left. I am going to miss him. We got along really well and we had some amazing experiences here. I sent a picture (below) of what we got to celebrate his last night here. It was my first time in 20 months eating a lot of that stuff because you can’t find it here. It’s only in this area because there are a lot of tourists here. But there is a bad thing about having a good comp, it’s when he leaves. But that’s part of the mission and there is a time for everything. This is my comp number 16, so I am kind of use to it right now.
Dad that is an amazing poem, I love it. That’s what it is all about. We are here to progress through obedience. That’s good that Rachael is dating a lot. And that is super funny about Keith, how he wouldn’t wear a helmet until the brother of his girlfriend gave him one to wear. Looks like Keith is getting ready to be ‘companero menor’ (Jr. Companion) again! Our Mission President made a super funny joke about being ‘companero menor’ for 30+ years to his wife. And Becca going disco skating – classic. Miriam has grown up in a different situation. Her whole life has been pure young adult activities. Thanks for all of your prayers. I have grown to love the Lord more doing his work here in Oaxaca than ever. I love the gospel and I am so grateful for the peace and happiness it brings when we are obedient. I love you all – have a great week!
That’s super funny what dad said about Keith, how he is a true “Cougar” fan. That’s good Dad is doing an awesome job in his calling, and that Rachael is going on a lot of dates. It’s going to weird to go home and see Becca in college. Wow – I just thought of something super scary: she is going to be farther along in school than I will be!
This week was a great week, but a big let down on Sunday because no one came to Church. My comp and I found some really good people and I am really excited to teach them. We found an old investigator this week and one of the first things he told us is that he wants to be baptized. So that was really nice and a huge blessing, He’s already been to church and knows a little about the gospel. He is 17 and we are going to try and prepare him for a mission.
This week has been amazing, i realized again how little we do as misioneros and how much the Lord does in preparing each one of his children for their appointed time to hear the gospel. All the lord requires of us is to be clean and do the best we can. If we have the Spirit we are going to be successful. We need to always strive to have the Spirit. Also if we want to know if our thoughts, desires and actions are acceptable before God, we just need to see if we have the Spirit. What a wonderful gift God has given us! We as mortals have the opportunity to enjoythe presence of one of the members of the Godhead; we will have the spirit IF we obey.
Thanks for all your prayers and support! I love you all.
This week was really good! We are seeing the work progress here in many ways and of course there are hard parts, but it is fun being out here in a Branch where you get to learn a lot about how the structure of the Branch is and help to see if ordinances are being done properly. I think that is so interesting how the ordinances need to be done just as the Lord revealed. Anything mas o menos (more or less) is not acceptable. Whenever I think of performing an ordinance or offering a sacrifice a little different than how the Lord revealed I think of Cain. He didn’t offer the sacrifice how the Lord had revealed and therfore suffered the consequences. He just didnt have the faith to do it and as a result of that he has zero faith right now. So it is a great learning experience being here in this Branch.
This week was good. During one of the juntas (meetings) there was a little earthquake so we were all in the Church building when everything started to shake; it got a little loud but then calmed down.