I can hardly believe that this year has already come to an end, but what an amazing year it was. I hope that you all enjoy your New Year´s festivities!
Yesterday the Lord blessed us abundantly in the work, and I have really gained a stronger testimony about a principal of the book Preach My Gospel that says, "Talk with Everyone."
At District Meeting on Tuesday, my district leader Elder Hernandez told us about an Elder that he once knew. This Elder, he told us, talked with EVERYONE that he met while walking the streets. It didn´t matter what the person was doing, fixing a tire, cutting the lawn, spending time with family on the front porch, whatever. Because hearing the message that we have to share is more important that whatever other thing a person could be doing. Many days in the work, i have found myself walking past people, on my left, on my right, due to thinking "they are too busy right now, maybe another time." I decided to put that to a stop yesterday.
We began our morning yesterday by walking an area that we had not yet tracted. With this principal of faith in mind, we began searching for those chosen children of the Lord. Yesterday we ended up having 7 lessons and over 15 new investigators, 4 of which have accepted baptismal dates. One experience in particular was when we were walking by a family of 10 people or so sitting on the front lawn, drinking mate, taking in the sun, enjoying time together. Almost having a second thought to just walk by, i began talking with them, and they seemed more than willingly to hear our message. The Lord really does put people in our path.
Anyway, I learned a great lesson :) Today, we went and bought some choripanes and some good grub for the mini celebration that we are going to have in the apartment. All 4 of us. Haha, hope you all enjoy your holiday!!!! Stay safe, and i´m expecting pictures :)
Welp.....here´s the scripture of the week and a quote from Spencer W. Kimball
2 Nephi 25:23
Spencer W. Kimball said-
" One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ is all that is needed for salvation...However good a person´s works, he could not be saved had Jesus not died for his and everyone else´s sins. And however powerful the saving grace of Christ, it brings exaltation to no man who does not comply with the works of the gospel...of course we need to understand the terms. If by the word "salvation" is meant the mere salvation or redemption from the grave, the ´grace of God´is sufficient. But if the term salvation means returning to the presence of God with eternal progression, eternal increase, and eventual godhood, for this one certainly must have the ´grace of God´ as it is generally defined, plus personal purity, overcoming of evil, and the good works made so important in the exhortations of the Savior and his prophets and apostles."
Until next week :) I love you all!!
p.s. hope you enjoy the picture i took this morning in the bathroom.