This has been a great week, like always. Super long but super good. We have been doing a lot of service for a lady in the branch. Lots of work for her to get ready to plant her aji (chiles), tomatoes, onions, apples, membrillo, and other herbs and stuff. Also, our weekly activities at the church are going well. We held English class and a movie night and lots of people came. We also had sports night, but it started raining so no one came. This week we also had two completadas, where we just buy a ton of hot dogs, avocado, tomatoes, buns, and mayonnaise and make a ton of completos. Super super good.
Spanish is coming along. Im using it a lot more now and Im starting to be able to converse better with people. Its taking a lot of faith to keep going with the language, but its working out well so far.
Highlight of the week: My companion and I had the opportunity to baptize 12 year old Felipe and his 8 year old brother Edison. It was a really great experience. It really strengthened their family and brought them closer to each other and to Christ. On Sunday, we confirmed them members of the church. When someone is confirmed, they also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. They both left that day with smiles on their faces. We also gave the same confirmation to Jose, the older man who was baptized last Sunday. Jose and Felipe also received the Aaronic, or preparatory, Priesthood. This priesthood is the authority and power of God given to man on earth to act in his name to further the work of salvation. It is used to carry out ordinances that God has established. The Aaronic Priesthood contains a measure of this authority, and is given first to prepare someone to receive the rest of the authority, which is contained in the higher priesthood, or Melchizedek Priesthood. This beautiful principle was prevalent in the Bible and was restored with the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a weekend of beautiful experiences and ordinances.
All I can say for this week is “act.” We cannot accomplish anything in this life until we act. We can have just a ton of faith in God and in Christ and think about doing good things all day, but until we act, nothing happens. The way God works is that He asks us to exercise a little faith, and usually to do something small, and then He dumps a ton of blessings on us. He makes our life into so much more than we can. We can try and try to make our life into what we want, but if we neglect to allow God to shape us, we end up far from the person we could be. Do the little things. Act on thoughts to do good. Read the scriptures, go to Church, and pray every day. These three things bless us with revelation and “spiritual nutrition.” A good goal is to do little acts of faith and little sacrifices when necessary. These will help us take the leaps of faith and make the big sacrifices when we need to. Little actions proceed great blessings, here and hereafter.
Keep doing good. Sigan adelante. Que Dios les bendiga… Les quiero.