I feel like only a few hours ago, I was sitting here writting about waves and talking about last week. This past week has been one of the greatest weeks of my mission and my life. It was incredible. I have never felt so lifted by the Spirit and consegrated to the Most important work that we will do in our lifes.
The baptism of Cynthia, what a tender mercy and neat expierence. She was so ready and repented, watching her leave the water, I held a new daughter of Gods in my hands, clean and pure, converted by the Spirit through the infinite Atonement. She bore a solemn Testimony, Citing a verse in Alma 19:6 and then offered the closing prayer with such love and kindness to our Heavenly Father.
We then went on a hunt in pacasmayo. We have a mission couple coming to the mission in february and we needed to find them an apartement. President Marler had a meeting with the Branch President and the Zone leaders and Sister Leaders, so he took Elder Craft who is over Guadalupe, and I went with Sister Marler to look for furniture and apartements. What a wonderful couple of hours I got to spend with Sister Marler, shes the greatest. We talked about our families, eat aguamentes which is a small golden fruit that she likes, ya know its growing on me....not really, but its a sweet memory. We had to wait for the stories to open because it was during lunch time so we found a nice peruvian curve and sat down and talked for an hour. We are true peruvians, We loved when they passed us and looked at us like we were crazy because only peruvians sit on curbs and talk for hours.
This week we also started the interview process. President Marler is talking about achieving the Impossible and putting all of our faith in Heavenly Father and Christ to achieve all things. Sister Marler is talking about repentence and how to teach repentence. Elder Craft and I are talking about the Faith to Find and how to use the tools gave us to Find the Chosen Children whom are ready to repent. We have interviewed one zone and they have been such great interviews, We have the best missionaries in this mission. Really, they amaze me everyday! I love them all so much!
Now, The greatest part of this week was the missionary broadcast, It was this past wednesday, and it was all of the missionaries in the whole World! all 75,000 missionaries. I will never forget the great Spirit that was felt here in the Trujillo North Mission. The purpose of the broadcast was to center our focus as missionaries on Teaching Repentence and Baptizing converts, to establish the Kingdom of God on the Earth in preparation to the Second Coming of Christ, our greatest Friend. Elder Dallin H Oaks, Elder Niel L Anderson, Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Elder Christopher Waddell, Hermana Oscarason, and Elder David A. Bednar taught us the fundamentales of missionary work, and they did so with such clarity and simplicity. It was beautiful. We all understood more about why we teach repentence, why the prophets of Old taught repentence. In the past I always thought it was because of how wicked they were and so of course they had to teach and scream repentence but thats not the reason, its because of how beautiful repentence is, its the only way that people can expierement the Atonement in there lives. Its the ONLY way!
Two phrases caught my heart and attention and that was,
Our lips must be always ready to Testify of Christ
We must KNEEL to Pray when we teach the gospel of Christ.
Elder Craft and I having been stretching ourselves as much as possible to be in our area, to do what the Lord wants us to do and that is Preach Repentence and Baptize Converts, so we have made it to our area every single day this week except for monday. We are doing it, we are changing the tradition of Asistentes being Office Elderes, we are not, we are to be out in our area having missionries come to us and teaching them there in our spiritual labratory. We have been praying a lot so that we can do this, and we have been seeing many miracles. The Lord has been hastening his work in Barrio Buenos Aires. It is the greatest ward in the whole mission right now! We have baptized 6 in this month of Janurary, and we are just getting started.
We have taught many lessons this past week, but one thing we are doing and trying to start as a tradition is kneeling to pray, Everyone we teach we pray with them to kneel, now in Buenos Aires, there is a lot of Sand and the majority of the houses are dirt floors. So, I was with our ward mission leader, Elder Craft once again was in a meeting with his Zone leaders and his stake with President Marler. Elder Craft is over 4 zones and I am over 5, but 3 of mine our not in trujillo, so anyways, we had made it to our last lesson and we get done teaching Cristel, the sister of Cynthia, and as we finish she made a comment about my pants, she asked me if i had fallen or something because I had dirt around my knees, and then it hit her that it was because of praying. We then got on our knees with her and prayed.
Kneeling to pray is the first step to repentence. Thats what I learned this week. And if we are to teach repentence to all, WE MUST kneel to pray with them and INVITE them to do so and to ask forgiveness for there sins and to feel the love through the Atonement of Christ, ALL should have the chance to learn how to repent correctly, we must go do this work, that is the most important work of all and that is to Invite all TO COME UNTO CHRIST.
I love this work with all my heart! Let us all press forward in Christ!
Barrio Buenos Aires!!! Javier!
He is a great great man! javier!
LOOKK!!! who came and visited me!!! MAMA SIMONA!!!! she brought me a panaton and cream cheese to spread, shes knows me so well!!!! shes my angle!!!
Beautiful Buenos Aires!!! this is where my HEART is found! Mom dont worry you still have the key!
These two are the greatest!!! I love them to death!
Cynthia! What an incredible baptism, the office of the mission south of Trujillo came as well, she invted them.
The best beach in peru! Papuel....something like that! is was gourgous!
Baptism of Cynthia! Alma 29:9-10
One of my Favorite pictures of my Mision!
Today, They are the best! I love our Office Elderes they are the best!