Monday, September 22, 2014

"Venid a mi. Y haced las cosas que me habéis visto hacer" -Jesus Christ

I learned quite a bit this week. Although I have always believed in everything concerning the gospel, I truly gained a testimony of the Atonement, the Gift of Tongues and the Book of Mormon.
On Tuesday, we did divisions and Elder Cordy came over to my area and we got work done. We taught Noelia about the prophet Enos, who after many struggles in life, offered a profound prayer of true repentance. It was definitely inspiring and she loved it, and promised us that she would pray to her Heavenly Father for what she most needs in her life. We taught Leonor (a new investigator) about the Restoration of the Gospel which was an incredible lesson. She is Evangelical and actually has a very good knowledge of the Bible which made the lesson even better. The Spirit clearly testified the truth of the message to her, because we all felt it. Now we will wait, and pray that she acts upon her answer. 
We taught Adrian, a less active, about the Doctrine of Christ. We made it clear to him that in order to enter in the Kingdom of God, it is required to partake of the Sacrament always. It is our real reminder of the body and blood of our beloved brother, Jesus Christ. I realized in that moment that I will never miss an opportunity to partake of the Sacrament.
We also taught Gladys and Pedro Alvez about coming to church. It was hard teaching them because I love them but I had to give it to them straight. I explained that if they are not taking the Sacrament, they are not following Christ. Gladys said in the end: "Wow, I never realized we were disobeying. We will never miss another Sunday." And on Sunday, they both came, happier than ever before. 
On Thursday, we were in a neighborhood, tracting, and a lady came up to us telling us her name and that she was baptized 30 years ago by "Smith" in Artigas (another department of Uruguay). After talking to her for a while we found out that she was President Smith´s first convert here in Uruguay, when he was a missionary, over 30 years ago. So that was pretty cool!
We had a lesson with Sister Fernandez who has been an inactive member for many years. And it was hard. At first we talked to her about how we follow Christ, and then she poured her heart out to us, explaining why she wouldn´t go to church. More than anything, she just has a broken heart, and a contrite spirit. In that moment, I testified of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But this time it was different. I can´t really explain this moment, only that I truly understood the importance of the Atonement. Christ´s physical and spiritual sacrifice for us. 
Ok, so Saturday night, we visited Lilliana who got a goat, to eat all her grass because she doesn´t want to mow her lawn. I love the goat. His name is hotdog. Anyway, as we were teaching in her home, we heard her dogs barking like crazy as well as some yelping sound. We all ran out side and the dogs were running around and barking as Hotdog (the goat) was running around and jumping in the air trying to charge the dogs. Just when I thought I had seen enough weird stuff, something new comes up everyday. The next day I watched 10 chickens fighting over food. When I got a good look at what they were fighting over, I realized it was a dead snake. A dead snake. The animals here are not normal. 
Sunday night, we had a beautiful family home evening activity with a few families from the ward in our chapel. The first counselor, Brother Lopez, gave a nice lesson on the Book of Mormon and we all went around the circle sharing our testimonies of it. I gave a short testimony of it. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know it is capable of changing lives because I have seen it. I see it now. This book has more potential than any other in the world to change lives . It is worth it to read it, study it, and share it.
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The chickens

A calf

The dead snake

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