Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stand By Christ

There has been so much going on this week. On Tuesday I went on divisions with the lideres de la zona (zone leaders). I stayed in Chichi with Elder Smith. That night we got two fechas (dates) for baptism. It was really great. The only problem they are under 18 and we need the parents’ permission. If we don’t get the permission my heart is going to break because Juana just loves everything we are teaching her and the Alicia likes everything; she is just quite but you can tell the spirit has touched her. Also on divisions we visited Elizabeth and asked her again about baptism, she said no. She said she needs more time and then said one day I will, just not right now. My heart broke and I started to cry. My heart still hurts because I know the gospel will change her life forever. Sergio is doing great, he hasn’t committed to baptism yet. The last lesson we taught him was about receiving answers and recognizing answer. The lesson amazing, he understood everything we said. We visit him tomorrow and we will find out if he has received an answer. I’m praying he will receive an answer. 
Love These Kids And Elder Navarro!!
Yesterday was a country wide broadcast from Utah. Elder Eyring and Elder Scott spoke so did the General Primary President, Rosemary Wixom and the members of the seventy that are over Central America. It was very good. I was able to understand one whole talk and about half of the others. Elder Scott spoke about respecting your wife, pornography, and living correctly. He delivered his message right on the spot. His is the only one that I can truly remember. 
Chici Market
This week I have been studying baptism. Wow, it is so important. I read about baptism from the teachings of Joseph Smith and he nails it right on the point. Basically if you’re not baptized there is no kingdom of heaven for you. You will not be recognized when you walk up to the steps of heaven.  Also even if you were baptized in the church but for some reason you didn’t receive the gift of the Holy Ghost your baptism is not complete. There are two parts, premerio agua (water) and the second fire. The fire is the Holy Ghost. Nefi says if Christ needed baptism by water than WE must NEED it to. Christ was perfect and he didn’t need to be baptized but as he states to John the Baptist, it is to fulfill all righteousness. Christ says himself if a man is not born by the spirit he will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Baptism is one of the most important covenants we will ever make in this life. We take upon ourselves the name of Christ. We promise to live correctly and to stand as a witness. We must follow Elder Holland’s advice, “May we stand by Jesus Christ at all times and in all things, and in all places, even until death, for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone.” Commit now to stand by Christ. That is my challenge to everyone: Stand By Christ no matter what and especially when feel alone or, worse yet, feel abandoned. The Savior has promised, I will not leave you comfortless: My Father and I will come to you and abide with you." Elder Holland shares this with us, "You will be blessed with unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, and friends.” You are never alone Our Savior is standing right next to you. As you take this challenge you will find more missionary opportunities and you feel his love so much more. Choose ye this day whom you will serve is it the Lord or Satan.
Yep, Guatemalan Caterpillar
As I have taught this week I have learned one thing—everything points to one book. That is the Book Of Mormon. I find myself always saying the Book Of Mormon is true and IT IS!!!! It is so very central to our conversion; it is the word of God. When we have investigator who will read the Book Of Mormon it so much easier to teach them because they are continually being touched by the spirit and then we have others that don’t read; it is harder because everything relies on the Book Of Mormon. Elder Callister’s talk on the Book Of Mormon nails the doctrine of the Book of Mormon. "The Bible is one witness of Jesus Christ; the Book of Mormon is another. Together with the Bible, the Book of Mormon is an indispensable witness of the doctrines of Christ and His divinity. Together with the Bible, it ‘teaches all men that they should do good’ (2 Nephi 33:10). And together with the Bible, it brings us to ‘one Lord, one faith, one baptism.’ That is why the Book of Mormon is so crucial in our lives.” I testify The Book Of Mormon is the WORD OF GOD, EVERY SENTENCE, EVERY PAGE and EVERY VERSE. Keep losing yourself in the scriptures for that is your personal time with the Savior and always keep the faith.
Me And The Fleas
What I love about Mom is that she sits by the computer waiting for me to get on. What I love about Dad is that he has taught me to always keep walking and if it’s not hard it’s not worth it. Ducks forever!!!!

Elder Mcilmoil
November 25, 2013

 Tortilla count for the week: 35

 Scriptures of the week: John 3:5 and 1st Samuel 15:22
Guatemalan Masks

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