Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 2nd 2015

Can you believe it's March already?  Wow, February flew by so fast. Well, transfer calls happened on Saturday and the news is..... we're both staying!  So that means I've served in El Paso my whole mission!!!! (somebody better change my plaque so that it says the Texas, El Paso mission ;))  

This past week was amazing.  It was filled with anticipation on what the new transfer might bring, and willingness to submit to what the Lord has planned.  And the Lord wants us to stay here together and work hard :)  I'm and so excited because we have an awesome transfer planned....!

In past weeks where we struggled to teach, these last couple weeks, we've struggled to find... but it's a cycle :).  We had amazing lessons with several investigators.

M was supposed to get baptized on Saturday, but she hasn't been reading in the Book of Mormon.  So we decided (along with her) that she wasn't ready and that she needs to read.  We left her a chapter and gave her a week to read it (but let her know we'd stop in periodically to see how it was going).  We saw her last night and she still hadn't read, but it's a work in progress.  She has been going to church and she does pray... it's just getting her to read and LOVE the Book of Mormon.

C is reading and praying and she wants to be baptized, her only problem is that she hasn't really kept all of her appointments and hasn't gone to church.  We had an awesome lesson with her on baptism though and the interview and how she would be baptized.  She's progressing it's just the importance of going to church. 

We had a great lesson with a recent convert and her investigator daughter.  One of the young women leaders came with us, and she and Hna Torres focused on the daughter, talking about personal progress and making it personal for her.  And I sat with the mom and answered all her questions from Gospel Principles.  It was time to more personally get to know this Hermana and help her understand some of the doctrine that she's been struggling with.

With that experience with the Hermana and several others this week, I grew in my understanding of my own baptismal covenants. 
 (Mosiah 18:8-9)
8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; 9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

I've had several opportunities throughout my mission to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.  But I think that every time it happens, it takes on more meaning.  Especially this week, because I've been studying "Daughters of My Kingdom" and the personal ministry section stuck out to me.  Everyone of us has the responsibility to minister to others, and help them grow in their own testimonies.  Everything in life has a deeper meaning than just checking off a box.  We shouldn't live through life checking off boxes because then we forget the meaning of everything.  And when we make things personal for ourselves and others, that's when the meaning comes in.  And if we think and reflect on Christ's life, he ministered personally to everyone.  What a great example we have.

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