Mosiah 4:15
"But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 14, 2012

Hello again my wonderful family. I loved hearing of the blessings and the great things that are happening in your lives this week. Great work Jared Im really proud of you with BYUI. Really awesome. This week was another great one with many miracles as me and Elder Johnson took a look back at the last transfer and that we did not have to many baptisms, but every lesson that we had, was a spirit filled lesson. We lloked back on everyday and
it was just like that. We always followed the spirit and felt the influence of Him in every word. Many people listened and felt, but not all choose to follow. This is a hard lesson that all missionaries have to learn. I think of Alma and
Almulek in when they are just testifying like crazy and there is Zeezerom that just comletely changes when hearing, and he was the top lawyer that was against them, but he changed. But then we see how many people did not listen and became very mad at the prophet and his companion. This is what it is always like, the people always have the choice of their agency to listen or not, to read or not, to pray or not. But this does not mean we have to be discouraged at all,because there are those people that are just waiting for us to bring them the gospel. Like this one girl we are teaching, Mariana and her husband Luis Angel. She is amazing and we talked to her one time and we put a date with her to get baptized, we had the faith to ask here and she has been prepared for a long time to let us into her life at this time and let the Gospel take over. On the other hand there is her husband that is our friend but does not want to accept to read or pray or go to church. This is so sad to us as they have jsut barely gotten married and so we talked very clearly and directly with them about the temple and how the athourity of God is here on the earth andd they can be and make an eternal family. Mariana was completley exctied about this and wants to get sealed some day in the temple. For her husband, it is just not that important for him yet. This is sad so we explained to mariana to pray for him and to pray and study with him, so that his heart can be soften and he can see that it is good and true. We will keep praying to see what happens with them. Mariana will get baptized the 28 of January. It was very interesting this week as we got the chance to do some service and as we did this service, we saw a change in our investigators. As we served them, they saw that we were good and were very more open into listen to us. A couple of weeks ago we were going in route to our bishops home and we saw a lady painting ourside and offered to
help. Just with that we found out that 10 years ago, her some got baptized and that she was very active in the church but had never gotten baptized. She then explained to us that her son had died a year after his baptism, and she stopped to go to the church. She told us that one of the last things that her son had told her was that she had to prepare in this life so that she could recieve him latter. She has been puzzled by these words for 7 years and we can to see her one day and we had all of the exact answers to her questions and doubts that she has fought over during these years. She even had talked with her brother which is a Christian church leader and he could not answer her. We showed upand the spirit put in our minds the temple and we answered her in about 5 mins. She was blown away and she has now been progressing a ton and telling her family members to come and listen to us. I never understood how very importantthe little lessons in primary are, that they are so simple that i learned as a child, but so many people have never heard before. The simple truths of the gospel are what change lives. I love the quote in Preach my Gospel by Pres Packer that he says, "Gospel principles truley understood, change attitudes" Or something like that. I have really come to see that in me over the last couple of months. I have searched to understand better the truths of the gospel, and my attitude on everything has changed. I understand my purpose better and I think differently. The gospel changes lives, I have seen it in my life and in many others. Let it happen to you too. I showed some of my
pictures to Mariana and she was so suprised at how much I have changed from my picture of My first baptism with Paty until now, a year later. I could not believe it either, but I am not the same. I love who I have come to be and I
cant wait to keep changing and becoming more like my Savior each day as I put it all in the Hands of Our Father. So you are all asking about the changes that are in 2 days. Well my Pday will be on monday again, and I will be going to a little tiny Ranchito called, San Blas. I have no idea what it will be like. I have never gone to a rancho before but Im excited out of my mind for the work that is waiting for me there. My companion will be Elder Sanchez that just
barely has 3 months in the mission. I acctually recieved him when he got out here. Cool stuff. They have called me to be the Branch President of the San Blas Branch out there in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea where im going
or what I will be doing but im completley thrilled. I know that these nexts months will be some of the hardest and most tyring of my short life here but I am ready. Hna. Cantu told me this morining that God prepares us in each
calling, just untill we need to be there and then we He knows we are ready He puts us inthe next postition to learn and progress more. Pres also asked me if I knew self defense! Haa it was a joke Im sure..... Im not nervous, but
ready. I know that I have learned what I have needed to learn here in the offices, and I know that the church is true. Because I have that testimony, I know that my President is called to God and recieve the revelation for the tranfers every 6 weeks. I am ready and will to do the Gods will in this next assignment. I ask more than ever for your prayrs so that I will have the influence of the spirit in my life in every moment so that I will know how to
lead my little branch and get them all excited to get more people there each week. Im ready. Are you? I love you my family and am always so grateful for all of your support. Thank you all for everything. I will write again on monday fromsome little tiny internet cafe. SO talk to all you later! Love,

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