Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014-01-27 - Lots of Things Learned This Week

Hey guys glad to see that your week went by really well. 

Well this past week was fun and exhausting at the same time.  We had 3 different meetings. Tuesday we had a meeting in Zona 6 with the whole mission. Presidente Watts talked to us about things that he wants us to focus on for the mission, and one of the main topics that he wanted us to focus on is Unity.  Unity is important not in la obra misional but in our daily lives too, because unity should be in all things.  But the true sign of unity is when your will is in unity with the will of the Lord.

Wednesday we woke up early and went to Zona 9 to meet with the misiones Central, Sur, and Este.  There were about 700 missionaries in the meeting there, and I got to see my buddies from the CCM and other missionaries that I have met in the mission.  Well this meeting was really good and the speakers talked about things that they felt inspired that the missionaries needed.  But first all 700 of us got to get up, and shake Elder Cooks hand, as well as Elder Soares of the 70 and other area presidents.  There were some important things that they talked about such as the importance of prayer, conversion, knowing your Lord, and Love for all people.  Some things that stuck out to me is that prayer is a sacred thing. At times we may be tired or something, and our prayers aren't very sincere, but we need to pray and when we do pray, pray with real intent of heart and with all the faith you have.  We should pray for specific blessings, and for not just ourselves but for others also.  Conversion is the key to growth.  If we want to receive the blessings and the growth we want in ourselves we need to convert ourselves.  And through our personal conversion we will have the capacity to help and convert others.  To know our Lord better the only way to do it is through willing service to him.  And by willing, I mean he knows every single one of us, and the amount of effort we put into our works, whether it be standing up from [doing something] or bearing your testimony, he knows your heart, and the amount of effort, willingness, and faith we put into our actions.  And finally Love for all people.  We need to push aside ourselves and just Love all people, no matter who they are, if they have offended you turn the cheek, and pray for them.  If we have love for the people and ask in prayer for this love, our lives will be better and we will have more purpose.  Think about this: If Jesus Christ did not love even one soul, he could not have achieved the Atonement.  It says in the Bible to be perfect even as your God. And Jesus Christ was perfect, he had the perfect love for each and every one of us, and that is the example we should follow in all aspects of our lives.

Other than those meetings our week went by really fast and went well.  We are visiting people that were never expected to change.  We just put a baptismal fecha with Mario, a Father of 3 kids that was an alcoholic and unfaithful to his wife.  But the day after Christmas he got up and changed and started going to church.  Another Man we are visiting did not like the church and did not let his wife get baptized for 3 years.  But recently he has started to come and experiment with the church, and is now assisting with his wife that has waited these 3 years.  Palencia is growing! our assistance level from when I started here with Farr was 75-80 people in the Sacrament meeting.  Growth has gone up to about 110-120 consistent for about 3-4 weeks now.

I love it here, and even though success is coming slower than we wanted it to, it is coming and only now we are starting to see it.  It is okay though... we are working hard with no regrets, and building the kingdom here in Palencia! I love you guys, and have a good week!

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