hmm... what to say in this week! All the weeks are beginning to smoosh together, and soon enough I will be there at home. Too crazy. You trunky fools.
Bueno, quick investigator updates.
NO ONE WENT TO CHURCH!!! we were super sad, but at the same time, it was an interesting week at church. I now understand why sometimes missionaries have fear to take investigators to the chapel..... y bueno.
Raul is praying looking for his answer still. We are learning patience in the process.
A*l now wants to try again with the whole religion thing. For a while we dropped himi because he was not progressing. Then last night we passed by him in the street. He was in his car and so he pulled over and talked with us on the curb. He mentioned something about how beautiful the stars were. We asked what he thought of when he saw the stars. He told us he thought of his late father. Bingo. We testified of the importance of the message that we have and all the answers that we have to give. He is anxious to start a family, looking for happiness, and comfort after the death of his father. That is exactly why we are here as missionaries. We explained our purpose- a little better this time. He looked off in the distance for a while and then said, "when can you pass by? we should give this another try becuase I believe you two." WOO HOO!
Also this week we taught some spirit guided lessons. Tears were shed while explaining the simple basics of forgiveness and the opportunidad to start new. There is nothign better than seeing the people you are teaching begin to understand and the light hits their eyes just perfect. Then they say "thanks... you came in the perfect moment" I love being a missionary.
We watched The Testaments and 17 Miracles this week. They are good reminders of the truth we have been called to share. After crying a good deal while watching the movies, I wanted to read more about my anscestors and their experiences with the pioneers.
My favorite story, among many (also I like the danish that that sent his children to cross the plains while he saved up some more before leaving.) I found while qickly flipping pages was from Hiram Spencer from New England. When he finally did make the journey to Utah, their company left late, and joined in with the Martin Handcart company at one point to help them and share their goods (if I didn´t mix up the stories I read). He passed away just outside of Martins cove at the point of sweetwater. His last words were, "Live and die with this work!"
Not only did I feel the spirit in knowing of the sacrifices of my family so that I could have this great blessing of the gospel in my life right now, and be sharing it with thousands of others, But I remembered when I was there in his sacred place of death.
Are we constantly living for this work? Are we ready to die when the time comes? Are we truly repentant? Are we giving every sacrifice to the Lord?
"Arrepentirse no siempre significa que hay que hacer grandes cambios. Con frecuencia, no requiere más que una mayor dedicación para vivir de acuerdo con la voluntad de Dios. El verdadero arrepentimiento no siempre sucede con rapidez; sea paciente con usted mismo mientras se esfuerza por hacer lo correcto y enmendar sus errores. Al arrepentirse, experimentará un cambio en su corazón; ya no tendrá deseos de pecar; llegará a saber que es un hijo de Dios y que no es necesario que siga cometiendo los mismos errores una y otra vez. Su deseo de seguir a Dios será cada vez más fuerte y profundo. Todos cometemos errores. A veces nos hacemos daño a nosotros mismos y herimos gravemente a otras personas sin poder reparar solos el daño causado; cometemos daños que no podemos arreglar por nosotros mismos; entonces nos sobreviene la culpa, la humillación y el padecimiento, los cuales no podemos sanar por nosotros mismos. El poder sanador de la Expiación puede remediar aquello que nosotros no podemos solucionar."
“Repentence does not always mean making great changes. With frequence, it does not require more than a higher dedication to live according to the will of God. True repentence does not always come quickly; be patient with yourself while you become stronger to do what is right and mend your errors. Upon repenting, you will experience a change of heart; you will no longer have desire to sin; you will come to know you are a child of God and that it is no longer necessary to continue making the same mistakes over and over. Your desire to follow God will make you stronger and will become more profound each time. We all commit errors. At times we hurt ourselves and we gravely hurt other people and we alone cannot repair the harm we have done; we cause harm the we cannot fix ourselves; so we are over come with guilt, humiliation, and suffering which we cannot heal ourselves. The healing power of the Atonement can fix what we cannot solve.”
Turn to the Savior. He is the source of all happiness.
Hope I didn´t bore you with my sermon this week. They have just been thoughts on my mind.
In this week I got a new bici, we visited the river and had a flashback fotoshoot (with sara hiatt in the trees--our personal sacred grove), and visited the catholic church. All in all, a good week with some difficulties no más. like normal.
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
1. Shall the youth of Zion falter
In defending truth and right?
While the enemy assaileth,
Shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God's command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.
3. 2. While we know the pow'rs of darkness
Seek to thwart the work of God,
Shall the children of the promise
Cease to grasp the iron rod? No!
4. 3. We will work out our salvation;
We will cleave unto the truth;
We will watch and pray and labor
With the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!
6. 4. We will strive to be found worthy
7. Of the kingdom of our Lord,
With the faithful ones redeemed
Who have loved and kept his word. Yes!
Keep going strong and Live and die with this work. Hurrah for Israel.
Another quick cool story. After a tough day, and not finding any new investogators in the week, we were fasting. After snapping a few pics in the trees, we decided to start contacting. We knelt down right there in the middle of the trees to offer a prayer to our maker asking for people to teach.
The first two doors we knocked were super receptive, and asked us to return on wednesday.
God lives, and he is aware of us. Get on your knees and speak with him.
I hope this email makes sense... I feel super scatterbrained and jumping all over the place. Anyways. Love you fools, enjoy your week of travels.
Mom, on my card that certifies me as a true missionary, it says that I will be a missionary until nov 17, so I am assuming that is when I willbe released, and it makes sense with the math. But I am not 300% positive. who knows, I might just extend to have another argentine christmas..........