Thursday, July 6, 2017

May 15, 2017

Hello family and friends!

What an amazing week this has been!

It was really nice seeing the family yesterday! Karis you've grown so
tall!!!! I miss you all like crazy!

We had an amazing week and I want to let you know what's happening
with the people we're teaching.

Elisa is amazing and came to church yesterday! She has a testimony in
the restoration and in the Priesthood. She chose to be baptized on the
27th of May and she is so excited!!! Brother Griffin (our Ward mission
leader) will be baptizing her and confirming her the next day. She's
changed so much from the time we first met her. She said that these
past 4 weeks have been an amazing blessing for her. Her testimony
comes from the change that she's seen in herself. She said that she
was a very angry person before but ever since she's met us she's
learned that she can leave that anger behind and change. If you asked
me she is the nicest person I've ever met! (Besides you mom) I can't
even imagine her getting angry. We're all excited for her baptism and
this Wednesday when we meet with her again.

Kenny is the coolest guy you'll ever meet! For work he usually finds
himself hanging from a tower 40-100 feet in the air doing maintenance
and electronic repair. Before that he was a drummer! He came to church
yesterday and loved it! It was nice to see the Elders Quorum get to
know him and befriend him. He feels really good about his baptismal
date for the 27th of May and already has asked someone to baptize him.
He's awesome and we're excited for him and his family as well.

So Nic Watson is a young man that we started teaching but when his
family decided not to join in , we transitioned him to the YSA Ward
because we felt that it would be better for him. However he's stayed
in contact with us and just the other day he had his baptismal
interview!!! He's going to be baptized on June 3rd and wants us to
attend and we told him that we wouldn't. Miss it for the world!!!! It
was an amazing blessing to hear that he decided to continue with
baptism. I have been thinking about him ever since the other
missionaries started teaching him and it's a wonderful blessing to
know that the fruits of our labors extend not only to our
investigators but can be anyone that we open our mouths to. I am very
excited to attend his baptism and I hope to bring some of our
investigators there as well.

Something that I've been studying about a lot is the Sacrament. It is
a very sacred ordinance that is essential for our eternal progress and
it is a very important part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My favorite
scriptures on the sacrament are the prayer themselves and they both
mention the promise that we receive which is that "they may always
have His Spirit to be with them" (Moroni 4:3). The Holy Ghost is often
referred to in the scriptures as fire because He purifies or
sanctifies us of our sins. This great blessing of having the Holy
Ghost in our lives is all thanks to Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
The Gift of the Holy Ghost and the renewal of this blessing through
the sacrament are just a few of the ways that we are over time
perfected in Christ. Every week we partake the Sacrament at church, we
exercise our faith to come unto Christ and little by little we start
to experience what Moroni explained in the last 3 verses of his book:

32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves
of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all
ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then
is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect
in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can
in nowise deny the power of God.

33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and
deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of
God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the
covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become
holy, without spot.

I hope that everyone can find this promise fulfilled as they prepare
themselves and loved ones to partake of the Sacrament each week. What
an amazing blessing it is!!!

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