Hey y’all! How’s life? good….good……
So wow this week was overwhelming to say the least. I have never experienced so many extreme feelings at once! The mission really does give you all the extreme highs and lows in your life…that, i truly believe…
To start off, I’ll talk about some non spiritual stuff…
Hermana Zaragoza was sick for two days so we couldn’t do much…so that was kind of a bummer but no worries! Then one day we tried a new approach to contacting. Since Hermana Z was still pretty sick, she didn’t participate, but I sang hymns in a park while Hermana Z handed out cards with pictures of Jesus on them. It was a really moving experience for me. We didn’t have a ton of success though, so i wouldn’t recommend trying it.
This sunday i gave a talk in church about rescuing people who are not coming to church or struggling in life. It went really well!
Welp, i guess everything else is actually spiritual… 😉
So this week I truly felt the spirit really work through me. I felt so much more guided because everything that we did seemed to be inspired. Remember a few weeks ago how I talked about David who went to church and loved it? Well he hadn’t been coming because his parents told him he can’t be mormon. I was really sad because I knew that he wanted to be baptized so badly because he had told us that….So the whole week i had been telling hermana Z that we needed to visit him. She did noooot want to because she was afraid of what the parents would say. One day I told her we had to go pass by his house and see when we could visit him. We did that and he was so excited. He told us to come back the next day at 7pm….when we looked in our agendas, we found his name at 7pm for that exact date. I don’t know when we planned to visit him that day, but we did…and it was truly inspired. We ended up visiting him with his family that day and it was such a great lesson. The only reason the dad had said no is because he heard lots of ridiculous rumors about “the mormons”. It was actually really hilarious hearing what he had come up with. But we taught about how the Church of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth and they were amazed at how beautiful our message was. They said it all made sense and it was perfect. They also were convinced of the book of mormon (the dad still wants to feel a stronger feeling on convincement through prayer though) is true because it talks of how Jesus came to the Americas. That was the defining factor because they told us that Ecuadorians and Colombians and Guatemalans and Peruvians..and alllll of these meso and south american countries knew that story! They all talk about how a man (then they describe jesus) had come to the americas way before christopher colombus and how he preached about how to be more spiritual, how to be closer to God, and all kinds of stuff! They continued to tell us that it is taught in history books in school…it’s just like folklore or anything. It’s a known fact. So that backed my testimony up more too. It’s so true. I know that Christ came to the Americas. The fact there are so many testimonies of this happened, strengthens my testimony of what i already knew to be true. It’s really amazing.
Think the book of mormon is unnecessary because we already have the bible? Read 2 Nephi 29:6-10 (or 6-14 if you have more time) and then really meditate on what you read. It will make sense.
So there were a lot of other experiences this week where I truly felt the Holy Ghost giving me the words to say to people during the lessons. It is the most amazing feeling I have ever felt. I am achieving my goal of being bold. This week i really noticed a difference…the bolder we are, the more the people listen and the stronger the spirit is. This is salvation, people! This should not be treated lightly. This hope and joy of a gospel is so crucial to all of our lives.
Aside from all the amazing things that happened this week, something really tragic also happened. I don’t think it would be right to share what happened, but just know that satan is very, very real. Do not take that fact lightly, ever. EVER. satan is very real and truly brings great tragedies to pass through small things in the beginning….protect yourselves now. Do. Not. let satan have ANY place in your heart. If there is anything you do that you know God or Jesus Christ wouldn’t be proud of, then it is probably not something you should be doing. It only feeds more temptation and gives more space to the devil to work. Be purified in Christ and put on your armor now so satan doesn’t destroy you. He gets to even the strongest people. Don’t be a victim. Don’t give him any chance to tempt you more than you can be tempted. You let a little sin in, and then boom-you fall. It’s more true and real than you can imagine and you better protect yourself now.
I may be coming off as harsh, but I am very serious when I talk about this because I have seen him destroy lives. Absolutely to pieces.
There is a poem I really like that says,
“All the water in the world, however hard it trieds, can never sink the smallest ship unless it gets inside. And all the evil in the world, the blackest kind of sin, can never hurt you in the least unless you let it in.”
Don’t let satan slowly build up sin in you. You might not think it’s bad at first, but it can turn into something as big as a danger to your salvation. YOUR SALVATION. Do NOT put that on the line for something so temporal and unnecessary. Do at least an hour of something every day that lifts up your spirits so you can have the Holy Ghost with you the whole day. Be examples. Be different. Choose who you’re following today.
After this incident happened in the mission, we had our district meeting on thursday and it was soooo powerful. I really loved the message, so I’m going to share it with you all.
So they started by telling us the story about in the book of mormon how Corianton fell into breaking the law of chastity and his father, Alma, explained to him why he did it and how to overcome falling into any kind of temptation. Here were his explanations:
Alma 40:1–He didn’t understand the resurrection.
Alma 41:1–He didn’t understand the restoration. (Which, in this case, is after having sinned…how to be restored back to being without sin)
Alma 42:1–He didn’t understand the justice of God.
When we truly understand our DESTINY and our PURPOSE, we will be much stronger, upright people. We won’t have the desire to do stupid little sins to sacrifice the blessings we have waiting for us.
Acts 17:29 says we are offspring of God. The following scriptures show that we are destined to be similar to God–to be perfect, and inherit His kingdom: Genesis 17:1, Matthew 5:48, Ephesians 4:12, John 17:22-23.
This is our purpose, and what we are destined to become: Romans 8:16-17, D&C 132:20, and Revelations 3:21 and 21:7.
We know we are here preparing to meet God again (alma 34:32-33) and if all of this is true, who wouldn’t do everything possible to live the commandments in this life? Once we truly understand and believe that our purpose here is to prepare to meet God and that our potential is to become like God, we will lose the desire to sin and break commandments. ..because they are only little things that are not worth doing when we have the kingdom of God awaiting us.
I really love the scripture Alma 13:28-29 because they show us the keys to overcoming temptation. It clearly says that we need to do these five things, and we won’t be tempted more than we are able to bear:
2-Be aware of your actions
4-Be led by the Holy Spirit (then it lists characteristics we will develop as we do so)
Do this, be different, set the higher standard for everyone else, and let the light of Christ shine brilliantly from you. Matthew 5:14-16.
That’s what I wanted to say about satan and how easily we can be lured into sin. Please please please protect yourselves now, because like i said, satan attacks even the strongest of people and can slowly drag them down to misery. Don’t give him that power. You’re stronger than that, and your God is stronger than that. Rely in the Creator who made you…since He made you, I’m pretty sure he knows what will make you happiest.
Now, talking about keeping the sabbath day holy–I learned something very interesting from Hermana Richardson (mission president’s wife) about this topic. She said that keeping the sabbath day holy is truly a sign for God. To make this easier to understand, she related it to Exodus 12:12,13,23. In this story, if the people put lamb’s blood over their doors, the destroying angel passed over them and they were kept safe. Keeping the sabbath day holy is as literal a sign as this is. When we keep the sabbath day holy, we truly receive more blessings and more protection. God sees how loyal we truly are to Him and He sees how much we truly love Him. If you love God, you will keep all His commandments. That’s what true love means. You wouldn’t purposely hurt someone you love, right? So why would we profane the sabbath day when it is a sacred day for God? Hermana Richardson’s opinion, which i echo, was that we have so many financial and political and family problems nowadays and she is convinced that it is because of us not keeping the sabbath day. I found the BEST example of this in Nehemiah 13:15-18. Its really worth reading.
My challenge for all of you reading this is that you can all keep the sabbath day holy to a tee. Go to church, don’t play sports, don’t go out and buy stuff, study your scriptures, pray…dedicate Sunday to your Heavenly Father. You will notice a difference and see miracles or changes in your life if you truly repent from not keeping the sabbath day holy, and you change that by taking action and obeying that commandment. I promise you that our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to be happy. We have to do our part though. In order to receive blessings, we must obey His commandments. D&C82:10.
I love all of you and hope you have a really great week! ‘Til next time 🙂
p.s. “Help the missionaries!! They NEED it. Go visit those members during the week who aren’t coming to church, and bring them to church with you every sunday. make them feel welcome. make them WANT to come back.”