Monday, August 29, 2016

Week 84 - Batismo de Vanessa

hey all,

Since the temple, this week went pretty chill. We had a baptism on Saturday of Vanessa, who is the mom of a recent convert. The bishop baptized her and it went super well!

This week Sunday we had a "the Sunday that no one could miss" or something like that in English. (O domingo que ninguém faltou). Where the ward tried to do lots of visits to less actives and investigators to try and help more people come to church and get attendance up. It went pretty well. It would have been better if the whole ward was on board. But we got lots of work done. Presidente Mozart Soares from my first area JD Massangana came and so did an Area seventy named Elder Pena. Their talks were so beautifully simple but so spiritual. One of our investigators was crying and absolutely loved it. And lots of others loved it too. 

We have a bunch of investigators. It is honestly the best thing ever when investigators search for themselves, and ask questions and do everything an investigator should do. I have realized so much on my mission that an investigator will progress as much as they want to. If we invite them to change and repent and they are willing to, things move so quickly. And they receive confirmations of their faith rapidly.

This week I have been studying a lot about faith in Christ. I really like a principle taught in Mosiah 5:8-13.

8 And under this head ye are made free, and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free. There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.

13 For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland teaches about this scripture and said, "Is the Savior too much of a stranger to us? Is He too far from the thoughts of our hearts?"  

I know that to learn about our Savior, we need to think about Him more. Ponder about Him and his life. Think about what He taught, why He taught it, and how He taught it. I love my Savior. I love that I have an eternal family.

Elder Waters