Monday, June 12, 2017

100 days to go!

So the last few weeks, we have stained a lot of things...not white shirts, but paint stains. We stained a ramp, a gazebo and the backyard fence of our ward mission leader. Learned a new skill, I guess! Once again we did lots and lots of finding this week. I love talking to people man. I have definitely learned how to make friends with someone right when I meet them. We went with a member family yesterday to a lesson we had set up, but the lady was sleeping. We went to go visit a different investigator family with them but the son was only home, and he let us in. We talked about the Book of Mormon and it was really good! He committed to read and to night we plan on meeting with him and his mom, Dominga! Dominga is who we taught last Monday. We saw her again on Friday and passed by to just talk to her and follow up on her reading. She makes the best tamales con la hoja de platano! She used chile and pork/ chicken. Wish y'all could have tasted them. 

This week I started again to study the topic of grace. Reason being because it came up again. We were in a trailer park street contacting and met a guy named Mauricio who was born in Bolivia! He is married to an American and his English is pretty good. We went by the house, and the mom was outside pushing her daughters on the swings, and told us her husband was in the community pool next door with some friends... so we went to the pool deck (closest to being near a pool for a long time) and talked with him. We taught a pretty detailed restoration because he was soaking it all up! He learned from his church leader that there is no more revelation. He said God does NOT speak to us. He said He can speak to us through scripture, but there is no modern revelation. He thought that was chistoso that the day after he was told that, we teach him that there is more scripture, the Book of Mormon. He works a lot, so it will be hard to catch him. His wife came in halfway through and asked why we focus so much on works, and I tried to help her understand that we don't believe "works" can repay anything Christ did. We are not doing it for repayment, but to show gratitude for what we have been given. We are becoming like Christ, changing our natures. It all starts with the creation, and has much do to with agency. That's what grace is about. Defeating the natural man.

I read in Romans chapter 1-8 this week. A lot of good stuff in there. Tuesday we got to the temple! It was an awesome experience! It had been like 21 months since I last went! I learned a whole ton about the creation...stuff I never saw before.
Speaking of temples, our body is a temple as well as it says in 1Corinthians 3 "16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

Many defile their bodies these days and that is something too sad. I was listening to a BYU devotional this week by Elder Christofferson and he talked about the huge pornography industry. Those who are involved in that business are doing it for greed, but proclaim that a beautiful body shown be shown off. What Elder Christofferson said struck me- he said that once again, money changers were defiling the temple. I never thought about the temple in that way. Our bodies are sacred, and so important to take care of! Exercise, eat well, get enough sleep and be modest in appearance. Doing these things show respect for the gift of our body that we have recieved. We needed a body to have experiences that we would not have without one. It is necessary in our progression. I am grateful to be healthy, and for the experiences I have had. I am grateful for sadness, and joy, peace that comes after confusion.
100 days left... I cannot believe it. I am still going strong, working
as hard as ever. A member in the ward told me she noticed when we
first met that I was a hard worker. She said she could tell I had a
good spirit by the way I conducted myself. That made me feel super good... sometimes I dont feel like I work hard enough, but I guess I am too hard on myself sometimes.
Well, out of time!
Love yall

Stained a gazebo, ramp, & a fence
Hiking at Croft State Park
Nelson & Lecheminant

Jaw bone & Jamón negro

  1. Me, Willardson, Kempton, Young, Lecheminant, Sheen, Blackham, Nelson

Holmstead & Peck decided to bike the trail

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you only have 100 days left! I have really loved reading your letters. You are such a wonderful example for what a missionary should be; hard working, diligent in your study and well groomed. I love to see missionaries well groomed. You are a representative of Jesus Christ and you look like it. Well done! I was reminded again on Sunday when the missionaries from our area were in Ward Council how they should not look and behave. It made me sad, but happy to know that you are doing and looking and working just as you should. Well done Elder!

    love, aunt jan


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