This week has been a good one. We have had some good lessons, and we have a little bit of hope here in Cocula, Jalisco. First of all, how cool is it that I get to be in Mexico for two years… Who gets that opportunity? We have a convert here, she got baptized about 3 months ago. I’ve mentioned her before, her name is Francisca. She is the cutest little lady and she loves us and the Gospel. She does what she is asked without fail and she is a prime example of faith. She has a son that also got baptized, Manuel, but he struggles a little bit more and she kind of drags him around. We showed up to her house earlier this week to talk to her and she had some teenage girl with her. We were like, “what the heck?” So we talked for a little bit and she told us that she was her granddaughter and that she was going to be staying with her. We went back the next day and only Francisca was there this time and she told us she had been praying and praying that a grandson or granddaughter would show up to live with her. Out of nowhere her granddaughter, that she barely even knows and hasn’t seen since she was 7, shows up and asks to live with her because of some family problems. So she is going to be living with Francisca. This is a little beacon of hope and light. She has potential to be a perfect investigator. We still haven’t really formally talked with her, but we are going to tonight. Francisca can take her to church because she has a car, and Francisca is there to help her and be a friend. There are just so many problems that we usually face with investigators that we will be able to jump right over with her. So we will see how things go, but I am praying and hoping for big things. Yesterday I read the entire book of Helaman. It is a super good book of scripture and I think that Nephi, son of Helaman, son of Heleman, is my new favorite in the Book of Mormon. He was a monster. He and is brother, Lehi were so sweet. Such powerful teachers and servants of God. I definitely loved reading about them. We also had a good lesson with Rigo a couple of days ago. He also has the means to get to church and a friend already there so there is a lot of hope there as well. Anyway we taught him and he understood everything. It was awesome he learned a lot and was able to answer questions and understand the importance of everything. He and his family are listening, but he and his mom are the most interested. The hardest thing here is that 1- everyone is catholic and doesn’t want us here, and 2- the people that do listen to us just listen because all things that come from God are good, but dont really understand that we are teaching something different. While all things that come from God are good, and many religions have great things, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only church that has the authority of God to perform all of the necessary ordinances to return to live with God. You can say that right to somebody’s face and they just nod and agree with you and stuff but don’t want to do anything about it, or don’t really understand it. It’s fantastic. That is why we search and pray for people that are prepared to hear the gospel, because nobody else will accept it. I’m doing wonderful here in the mission field. I’m learning a ton and I’m thankful. I was reading a marvelous talk by Henry B Eyring the other day and it just really snagged my attention. Its called “The Priesthood Man” I invite all of you to read the whole talk, but i’m going to leave a little part that really called my attention.
“We all pray, but the priesthood holder you want to be prays often and with real intent. In the evening you will get on your knees and thank God for the blessings of the day. You will thank Him for parents, for teachers, and for great examples to follow. You will describe in your prayers specifically who has blessed your life and how during that day. That will take more than a few minutes and more than a little thought. It will surprise you and change you. As you pray for forgiveness, you will find yourself forgiving others. As you thank God for His kindness, you will think of others, by name, who need your kindness. Again, that experience will surprise you every day, and over time it will change you.”
I love this part so much. I read it and immediately knew that I needed to do this. If I want to become “The Priesthood Man” I want to be, I need to do this. I have been doing it the past few nights and I love it. I feel closer to the Lord, my prayers feel more personal and I recognize and receive the answers while on my knees. It has surprised me. I know doing it consistently day by day it will change me. I hope that everyone has a fantastic week. I hope that everyone can go into General Conference with questions and worries ready. I know that they will be answered. I know that we can receive personal revelation in every general conference. I know that God will answer us through his prophets and apostles. Write your questions down, listen intently, feast on the spirit of revelation, and act on the answers you receive. I promise that you will feel the blessings of heaven and the love of our Heavenly Father and Savior. Have a great week!!