Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 15th

Since I'm emailing on a Monday, it means transfers are upon us, and here's the big news......... (drum rooooooooollllllll)..........  I'm staying HERE in Transmountain North, with Hna Espinoza!  :)  We're excited to have another great transfer together!  And we're going to blow this area out of the water- we're so ready to go to work and find all those amazingly prepared people!  

So this week, like the last couple has been different.  We're still in the finding phase because people aren't progressing towards baptism/coming to church.  We spent a lot of time street contacting and looking for people who are prepared to learn the gospel, and it's been a little harder.  We didn't teach many lessons last week, but that's all going to change because we're going to keep working hard.

But even in the slowest weeks, miracles happen :).  And one thing that I realize i have to do is when I'm feeling down is to go back and look at the miracles.  So here are some miracles from last week:

-we met some amazing people and have return appointments this coming week
-we had some amazing lessons with less active members
-I didn't die from eating too much food :) (one night a sister fed us 4 enchiladas, beans, pasta, cheesecake, and an ice cream bar.... which really isn't that much compared to some meals we get, but my stomach was not happy)
-my pizza craving was fulfilled twice :)
-we got to help a less active family prepare for their daughter's quince (nope, not with helping with a cake... this time it was decorations)
-finding out that one of my investigators in Montana Vista was baptized last week! (It was C!)
-the S's keep slowly progressing and reading!  It's always great to go to their lessons and answer all their questions!

Yep, many miracles this week :)

One thing that really stuck out to me this week was the Book of Mormon.  I just love the Book of Mormon and the knowledge that it gives us. To me, as I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, things just become more clear, easier to understand.  As i was studying the Book of Mormon, I came across this scripture in Doctrine and Covenants, talking about the Book of Mormon.

DyC 84:54-58 
And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbeliefand because you have treated lightly the things you have received.Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zioneven all. And they shall remaiunder this condemnation untithey repent and remember the new covenanteven the Book oMormon and the former commandments which have givethem, not only to say, but tdo according to that which I have written- That they may bring forth fruit meet for theiFather’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.

I think it's the same as with the Saints at that time.  We have been given the Book of Mormon and I feel like we often take it for granted.  We take lightly what we have received and how to use it.  We have the responsibility to read, study, ponder and teach the Book of Mormon.  I love the Book of Mormon and I just wanted to share that love with everyone!
One thing we started this week was inviting members of the ward to write their testimonies in copies of the Book of Mormon and then we're taking a picture and placing it with the testimony to give away to families and people we start teaching.  I learned about this through reading an old General Conference talking (President Benson from 1988- Flooding the earth with the Book of Mormon) and thought that maybe if people could see that others have a testimony and that their normal people who live in El Paso, it would help others grow their own testimony!

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