Lots to say, so let’s get started!
First off, I got emergency changed this week to the other side of Quinchuqui! This week a lot of us had emergency changes because a lot of new missionaries came to our mission from other missions in Peru. So Hna Rojas went to the coast. Her country doesn’t have any coast or ocean soooooo she’s in for a treat. Poor thing 😦 I miss her TONS. buuuut good news is I’m with Hna Lopez now! She’s Colombian (aka way cool) aaaand she is the most hilarious person ever. We have normal changes this sunday so if we stay together I will be “killing” my first missionary! (ending their mission….)
Second off, I think I have a parasite. Let’s just say that everything i eat goes right through me -__- nuff of that.
This week I have also been chased by two cows and one bull. HAHAHA stepped up from drugged men and dogs to cows. Seriously, they’re like possessed here! They’re always super mad and CHASE ME. It’s more scary than funny though…
This week was crazy because I was really sick for most of it and we had emergency changes and everything that moved was angry! Cows, dogs, drunks, people we contacted…everything. We contacted a house and I said we were talking of Christ and asked if she needed help with anything. The woman inside the house yelled, “I’m catholic! I don’t need help and especially not from you two!” I told her “Okay, that’s fine. This message is for everyone. But if you need any help with anything in the future, let us know and we’ll be here!” She yelled “GET OUT”. ssooooo that was a good experience.
This week I would like to share a few points on searching for and living the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. In order to know which church is the true church of Christ, we must know how the church Jesus Christ established is. We must read the Bible, realize that He formed it built upon prophets, apostles, and that His church has the authority of God.
The second part of knowing whether or not it is His church is ASKING GOD DIRECTLY. God will never lie to us, it is crucially important to ask Him and pay a lot of attention to your feelings and thoughts. He will answer you if you ask with faith and real intention (James 1:5) Now, that is how you come to know what is the true gospel and church of Jesus Christ. The second, and maybe more difficult part, is living it.
Opposition is an eternal principle in the premortal life, this life, and the afterlife. satan is continually fighting against God and His followers. Temptation will never cease until Jesus Christ comes again. There are many who are tempted in this life and if we are tempted to the point where we sin, we MUST repent if we desire to live with God again..
Praying is key. The more we pray, the more we receive strength from God. The more we learn about His nature and how we can better live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Alma 37:33 says, “…Teach them to withstand EVERY temptation of the devil, with their FAITH on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Through our faith, we can overcome temptation.
The more we pray, the more faith we have. The stronger our faith gets, the firmer we stand in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more loyal we are to Jesus Christ and His gospel, the more blessings, understanding, and spiritual and moral strength we receive. It starts with prayer which leads to faith.
Elder Holland has an excellent talk about this called “Lord, I believe” from the April 2013 general conference. He says, “…do not start your quest of faith by saying how much you do NOT have, leading as it were with your “unbelief”…Hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.”
We must hold onto the faith we DO have. Doubt your doubt before you doubt your faith. We must remember what we KNOW to be true, hold onto that and slowly strengthen our faith so that we can believe and come to know in even more principles of this gospel. Alma teaches us that faith does not mean we have a perfect knowledge. That comes with TIME. However, we must stay strong to the principles we know to be true.
There are those who might not cultivate their testimonies. There are those who may stray away from this righteous path because they doubt their faith before they doubt their doubts and they allow satan to take hold of their lives. But I want something to be really clear, because I have seen this too much on the mission:
You CANNOT justify sin with sin.
The Lord cannot look upon sin in the least degree of allowance. Any kind of sin is NOT acceptable before God. If others have made mistakes in their lives and you happen to make one of the same mistakes, you cannot justify your actions based on what others have done. That is not how God works.
This gospel is a gospel of change for the good and eternal progression. “In this church, what we know will always trump what we do not know. And remember, in this world, everyone is to WALK BY FAITH…In moments of FEAR or DOUBT or TROUBLING TIMES, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited…hope on. journey on. Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns, but first and forever fan the flame of your FAITH, because ALL THINGS are possible to them that BELEIVE.” (Elder Holland, “Lord, I believe”)
Do not let satan’s temptations or mistakes others have made in the past affect the way you live your life. Do not let your moral standards be torn down because of the bad in the world. Find the good, hold fast to it, and be not moved. Let others see your light, stand firm in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and LIVE IT every day of your life. You will be blessed.
Watch “The cost–and blessings–of discipleship” by Elder Holland and I promise that you will feel the power of God speaking through him to you. Our God is not a laid back God with an “anything goes” attitude. He is strict, He is just, and He is merciful. Take heed to the words of the prophets and His apostles and you will see innumerable blessings in your life.
This i share in the name of Jesus Christ, amen! MUCH LOVE,
Hermana Dunne 🙂