Monday, April 18, 2016

Yes, Yes, Yes...Sunday Miracle!

Okay first, to start off the week, we had the most spiritual lesson! I have never felt the spirit so strong testify through me in my life. We were visiting a recent convert named mike. He and his wife were having problems with their marriage, and so we were studying and praying as to how we could help them out. General Conference had so much good stuff about families and marriage. We had talked to his wife one night, and he still doesn't know that, but we found out a little more what was going on. We went in wanting to address what the problem was, but we were directed otherwise. 

We decided to share the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood with him (he is still preparing for the higher priesthood) and we felt to watch President Nelson's conference talk. It was so powerful. Y'all need to to watch it. It was from priesthood session. anyway as we were talking a little bit after, I felt a clear prompting to open up two passages of scripture. The first was in Matthew 19:16-22 and the second was in Alma 22:14-18. The first is the story of the rich man who wanted to know how to have eternal life, and asked what lack I yet? Jesus told him what he lacked, very specifically, however he did not do anything about it, and walked away. The second is when Ammon is teaching King Lamoni's father I believe, and Lamoni's father asks what he can do to basically change. I could not finish reading the Alma verses without crying. I told Mike that these men both asked the same thing, and both received an answer. The difference was that Lamoni's father was humble enough, and faithful enough and had a true desire to yield his heart to God. On my misson I have asked this same question: What lack I yet? Many times, and I have received an answer. The spirit filled the room as I testified that if he would follow the example of Lamoni, and ask god what he needs to change to be a better priesthood man of god, that the spirit would direct him to those things. My heart filled with peace as I promised him that, and I felt so much joy. I wish you all were there to feel the same thing that I did.

We did secret service for a less-active lady named Yola. She is from Bolivia (maybe dad baptized her, who knows?). We decided to weed her garden while she was gone for the weekend, and it looked pretty good! Hope she likes it! Haha

We have been using what we term "faith as a power" goals to do the work down here. Faith is a principle of power and if we use it correctly, we will see much success. We made another F.A.P goal to baptize one person by May 3. What that requires is that we needed someone at church (investigator) this last Sunday. On Wednesday, we went through our list of former investigators and called them. This guy named Marcelo Garcia popped out to us, and he said he would come! HE CAME! We have not had an investigator at church since I have been here (other than Julio at GC). We have a lesson with him this friday, and he already committed himself to come to church next week! Stinking awesome! Im excited to see what will happen with him!!

I have much more to say, but not much time. I would though like to share some things from Brigham Young, the second prophet of the church. He is so awesome! I studied from the teachings of the presidents book this morning, with a focus on prayer. Here is what I learned from him about prayer:

The duty of the Latter-day Saints is to pray without ceasing, and in everything to give thanks, to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in all things, and to be subject to his requirements.

It matters not whether you or I feel like praying, when the time comes to pray, pray. If we do not feel like it, we should pray till we do (DBY, 44).
Some of the brethren come to me and say, “Brother Brigham, is it my duty to pray when I have not one particle of the spirit of prayer in me?” True, at times, men are perplexed and full of care and trouble, their ploughs and other implements are out of order, their animals have strayed and a thousand things perplex them; yet our judgment teaches us that it is our duty to pray, whether we are particularly in the spirit of praying or not. My doctrine is, it is your duty to pray; and when the time for prayer comes, John should say, “This is the place and this is the time to pray; knees bend down upon the floor, and do so at once.” But John said, “I do not want to pray; I do not feel like it.” Knees get down, I say; and down bend the knees, and he begins to think and reflect. Can you say anything? Can you not say, God have mercy on me a sinner? Yes, he can do this, if he can rise up and curse his neighbor for some ill deeds. Now, John, open your mouth and say, Lord, have mercy upon me. “But I do not feel the spirit of prayer.” That does not excuse you, for you know what your duty is (DBY, 45).
If the devil says you cannot pray when you are angry, tell him it is none of his business, and pray until that species of insanity is dispelled and serenity is restored to the mind.
When you get up in the morning, before you suffer yourselves to eat one mouthful of food, call your wife and children together, bow down before the Lord, ask him to forgive your sins, and protect you through the day, to preserve you from temptation and all evil, to guide your steps aright, that you may do something that day that shall be beneficial to the Kingdom of God on the earth. Have you time to do this? Elders, sisters, have you time to pray? (DBY, 44).Say your prayers always before going to work. Never forget that. A father--the head of the family--should never miss calling his family together and dedicating himself and them to the Lord of Hosts, asking the guidance and direction of his Holy Spirit to lead them through the day--
I shall not ask the Lord to do what I am not willing to do. Let every Saint, when he prays, ask God for the things he needs to enable him to promote righteousness on the earth. If you do not know what to ask for, let me tell you how to pray. When you pray in secret with your families, if you do not know anything to ask for, submit yourselves to your Father in Heaven and beseech him to guide you by the inspirations of the Holy Ghost, and to guide this people, and dictate the affairs of his Kingdom on the earth, and there leave it. Ask him to put you just where he wants you, and to tell you what he wants you to do, and feel that you are on hand to do it (DBY, 45–46). Let all persons be fervent in prayer, until they know the things of God for themselves and become certain that they are walking in the path that leads to everlasting life;

And this promise is the best that I read: If we do this every day, the last day we live we will be prepared to enjoy a higher glory.

Remember: Let no person give up prayer because he has not the spirit of prayer, neither let any earthly circumstance hurry you while in the performance of this important duty.

I know that prayer is literally a power, and a way that we can call upon the powers of heaven. Pray always that ye may come off conquerer, pray always that you can conquer satan. Praying fervently (Love that word) will help us quitar la influencia de satanas en nuestras vidas, y también nos ayudara quitar tentaciones.

Love yáll

When it rains here, every cloud is slanted and is super close to the ground. It is super beautiful.
I spy a deer leg hanging on the porch of an investigator's trailer haha
Sister Hyde & Brewer were transferred mid-transfe to Myrtle Beach! They were super cool!
Elder Ave. here in N. Charleston
Jorgy Boy Arzola, Elder Douglas, y yo in his 'chispeeta'

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