There is a very big problem when you pick up journal and it says 14 of december and its the 9th of Janurary. That is one way to explain how fast time is going. The problem with the journal is that between those pages there are incredible memories, things that will never beforgotten. Its not possible to write these kind of memories down. President talked about how we must right the things on our hearts, These moments and memories have been written upon my heart. Plus theres just no time to write in a journal. (Im going to get better, promise)
We this past week had,lets see, since last friday till yesterday. 7 reunions starting in Cajamarca ending in Trujillo and seeing all 190 missionaries. It was such a neat week. I will tell you that we have the greatest missionaries, and mission in the whole world. Ever meeting was a very spiritual expierence and we were all very edified by the Spirit. It has been a great bunch of days. Something that I learned this past week was about the impressions of the spirit. Something I have tried to do and which has become a habit is writing the small impressions in my agenda, it has become my spiritual journal, In every mission agenda there is a little bit of space on the edges. What I love is writing down the small impression there and being able to go back and see what the Spírit has taught me. I realized during a meeting and while President was teaching and guiding all by the Spirit that all those small phrases and impressions are the things found upon my heart, the things engraved on my Heart. The only person that can write on the heart is the Spirit. Its very similar to when writing words on a sandy beach, The words are engraved on the beach with a stick or something Sure, but they with time fade, especially if you are not constantly wrtiting the words over and over. Its the same with the Spirit and the way to engrave the Doctrine of Christ upon our Hearts. Constantly striving for Spiritual Experierences is the key to Engrave the covenants upon the Heart.
Elder Craft and I for the Multizone trained on the Spirit and how to Trust in the Spirit more and more in this life. President always says that those in live in the Celestial Kingdom are always guidied by the Spirit, constantly. We shared the Story in Matthew 14:27-31 about when Peter walked on the Water and we related that to our missions. We Talked about how we as missionaries put our Site on Christ, What the Winds and Waves are in the mission, and how we Shout unto the Lord and ask for him to save us in the mission. We then related that to Trusting in The Lord. That has always been one of my favortie Bible Stories, and after training on it, I have learned much.
The key things I have learned about the Spirit in these past few trainings is the following.
1. The why of the Spirit- Lead us to Christ and to Our Heavenly Father. When we feel the Spirit its because we are getting close to them and become more like them.
2. Two main reasons we dont follow the Spirit. Pride and Fear the two biggest attributes of Satan. Pride being the opposite of Charity and selflessness, Fear being the opposite of Faith.
3. Trusting in the Spirit means: Listening, Receiving, Acting, Thanking.
The biggest thing I learned is how little I know about the Spirit and the lack of expierence I have with him. We must constantly Strive for him.
This upcoming week we will be starting a new Change, saying goodbye to the Olds, Welcoming the news, and start another life changing expierence. It seems like we just barely went to the airport to send off Elder Bond and pick up the news. Well, Here we go, More memories to Write on my Heart.
Love, Elder Marshall
Ps. On this past monday we were come back from Cajamarca and President Marler brought his Fly Fishing Pole, well this time we taugth Elder Craft, President Fackrell and I how to Fly Fish. WE found the perfect fishing hole. Well, Spenc dont be to Proud, Caught my first Fish Fly Fishing in Peru! hahaha it was hilarious. President Marler was just a yelling at me, because all the fishies were bitting, like 10 times they bit, but I just did not know how to yank the fish out of the water and keep him on the hook! Soo Hard, and no pressure! Finally, I got him! hahaa That one Ill never forget!
Cajamarca, Santa Palonia!
I loved this little spot, it reminds me of the Staircase to Heaven.
I love these Two so very much! Two of my Best Friends.
Cool Stairs huh!
We went in to our first Cathidral Catolica, and they had some catacombas underneath of it, this is where the musuem was, we decided not to send any bones or anything just a nice picture
There is my good looking, Stud muffin, companion. he went fishing in his Church shoes!
I will never forget that day!!
Grandma and Grandpa thank you so very much for the package! I liked the Sunflower seeds acting as Packing peanuts, efficence!
And now, The anouncement of the Week. The new Mission President of the Trujillo North Mission is Bill Marble and His wife Sandy Marble.
He is from California, Served in Trujillo Peru during his mission. Worked with Sister Marler in California in Public Affairs of the Church. We are all very excited to meet him and to work with him. He will bring many things to this mission to keep going with all the miracles that are happening! He is one Lucky man!