Good afternoon ladies and gents,
This evening we are going to read possibly the last email from Sister Dunne.
Okay imma stop being dumb. BUT THIS IS CRAZY. MY LAST WEEK. Worst and best feeling ever. This is going to be a rough and dramatic lifestyle change so when I come home, don’t tell me i’m awkward. I already know it, yeah? hahhaha
This week I ate a pitajaya (pee-tah-hi-ya) and it is the SWEETEST fruit i have tasted in my whole life. It just tastes like SUGARY GOODNESS. I was planning on buying lots this week so i could eat one every day…but it’s a good thing i waited to make that decision because it turns out that they have a laxidive effect. Imma leave it at that.
Also this week, my companion and I were eating some ice cream and mine fell on the ground. I picked it up and ate the part that didn’t touch the ground. My companion repremanded me afterwards because men frequently pee on the sidewalks, walls and streets here. I need some other opinions. Is that reeeeally that bad?
Also this week, we saw a man walking down the street. He tore a branch off a tree and put it around his neck. Then he kneeled on the ground and started doing some sort of ritual drawing a cross in the air. He also casually had a sausage hanging from the top part of his dredlocks. That’s all I have to say about that.
So This last week, I bought some peppers to make a sauce from Peru called “Huancaina”. I was SUPER excited, but when i got the peppers out of the bag, i smelled the pepper and it smelled like a sweet pepper to me and I got super upset because i specifically asked the fruit and veggies lady for the hottest pepper. I decided to open it up and take a little bite to prove to my companion that the lady messed up with the peppers. I took the bite, and it didn’t have any effect on me…until I spit it out. THEN MY MOUTH BURNED LIKE FIRE. ohhhhhhh yeah. So I ran to the fridge and drank some milk as fast as I could…and that helped calm the burn down a bit. After that experience, I started reflecting on life and on the gospel…and I came up with an analogy! Sin may not appear to have a negative affect on us at first. We may sin, and possibly confuse it for good at first saying “it’s not THAT bad”, and right afterwards feel fine. But as time goes by, whether it be minutes or years, we see the burn on our lives and the negatie, and painful effect it has on us. The only solution to get rid of the burn is to calm it down with milk. The milk may be the gospel…where we slowly learn how through Jesus Christ, we can eliminate that “burn” from our lives forever.
1 Peter 2:2-3
Which leads me to another question, after being baptized by water and receiving the Holy Ghost, how can we be purified and sanctified? How can we see and feel that difference in our lives? Let us look at Helaman 3:35:
“Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft; and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.”
Now, how do we yield our hearts unto God? Just as it says earlier in the verse, when we fast and pray often, we become more humble, we strengthen our faith and are filled with joy and consolation which also comes from the Holy Ghost. Now when we yield our hearts unto God it also means that we are willing to do HIS will. We do not complain about our lives or circumstances or experiences or trials… we accept those things, find solutions, trust in God, and PUSH FORWARD. When we learn to be humble and to do as God wants, we receive a peace of conscience and a calmer, happier life.
As Christ assured us in D&C 29:L5, “Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I AM IN YOUR MIDST.” He is with us. Trust in Him.
I was also reading Mormon 8:28-41 and DANG those verses are so powerful! He is talking about OUR DAY. I encourage you all to read it and see what changes need to be done.
Well honestly…I don’t know what else to say. This is weird. I cannot believe that i will be in TRACKTOWN, USA in a week. Like I said last week, time has flown by…but I have grown immensely from this experience.
There is so much to say but I will just share my testimony with you all instead;
I know that God lives. His hand is in our lives more than we know. He loves us infinitely and despite our challenges and weakness, He always wants us to come back to Him. He has given us all we need to return to His presence, all He requires is that we follow Him and His plan.
I know that Jesus Christ lives. He is our Saviour and Redeemer. He literally felt the excruciating pain of each and every one of our afflictions, sorrows, griefs, regrets, and sins. He knows us perfectly. He suffered afflictions and temptations of all kinds and never fell once. He understands our difficulties and our weaknesses. He understands how to help us. He has shown us the perfect and joyous way. He has loved us always and still does when we make mistakes. He forgives us if we give an honest effort to repent and follow Him. He glorifies and strengthens those who are obedient both in actions and desires.
I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ with all the necessary saving ordinances and the true authority of God Almighty.
I know that The Book of Mormon is true. It was written by prophets called of God in the ancient American continent. This book has changed my life and it has allowed me to know Jesus Christ on a more spiritually intimate level. I know that if we do not repent, it is not possible for mercy to have and effect on our souls and we, therefore, cannot be saved.
I know that in order to be saved, we must have faith on Christ, but that we also must act. (2 Nephi 25:23) I know that if we repent, are baptized by someone who has the power and authority of God, receive the Holy Ghost, and live the commandments joyfully and willfully until our very last day in this temple of flesh and bones… we will be exalted and be able to live with our Father in Heaven for the eternities.
I testify of the importance of doing family history.
(familysearch.org) <–check it out 😉
We cannot be saved without our ancestors, and neither can they be saved without us. (D&C 128:15) When we do it, we learn more about ourselves, our potential, and our self worth as well.
I testify that families CAN be eternal and that we will see them after this life. We will be with them forever if we keep the covenants we make with God in this life, whole-heartedly.
I testify that you can change your life 180 degrees by living this excellent gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ can heal any wound, spiritual or emotional, and it can give us a great hope in this life and the life after.
I love this gospel…I love Ecuador…I love the Lord and His perfect love…I love life aaaand I love all of you. When we acheive a perfect love as Jesus Christ (which i’m stiiiiiill working on), we acheive greater happiness. We judge less, criticize less, complain less, and worry less. Christ is our anchor when the seas of tribulations come our way.
The waves of temptations and trials may never end, but Jesus Christ has power to calm the sea. Trust in His power, and secure your anchor now.
Helaman 5:12. Ether 12:4.
I don’t know if I will email much or at all next monday…there really isn’t a point. Sooo…until we meet again, folks.