I hope this week has been very exciting for everyone! We´ve had a another usual week with teaching, contacting, meetings, and sleeping. However, I feel that the work is progressing in the land of Gurabo!
Let´s see. First off, on Sunday we had Stake Conference with a transmission from Salt Lake. Sister Wixom, Pres. Beck, and Elder Nelson were the speakers. Sister Wixom spoke of the importance of being examples to children and as well the importance of raising children. Pres. Beck talked about the importance of tithing and shared different experiences of his mission. The crazy thing is that he talked completely in Spanish. Who knew, right? I was very surprised to see him just whip out the Spanish language. Elder Nelson spoke of many different things, but finally tied into all into the faith of the members of the Caribbean. He spoke of the ancestors of the isles of the sea and the mandate every member has to share the gospel to the house of Israel. It was a very good talk! I think we can all follow his counsel and share the gospel. We don´t always have to share with words, but we can just be an example to our neighbors and friends. I know that our same actions and beliefs is what converts the hearts of men!
We´ve continued to teach our investigators and are finding some progress with them. Ruben is continuing to read and pray, but he hasn´t gone to church yet which is a big problem. Satan knows that this man will be great member of the church and so he´s doing all he can to stop him. Every time he is planning to go the church, his boss calls and tells him he needs to work Sunday morning. So luckily, Ruben wants to progress and learn more about God, so he´s looking for a new job. However, he hasn´t had any success yet, but we´re praying he´ll find a new job.
As for Josephina, she´s no longer in the branch. Her house is right on the division line, and so she has to attend Los Jardines. However, I´ve seen her at Stake Conference and the other Elders tell me she´s just a busy as ever. She is still smoke free and progressing well! We all consider her active again, because she´s giving loads of references and wants to share her testimony with everyone. Are we all like her, and want to share our gift of testimony with everyone? How easy is it to just quickly share our testimony with someone?
We´ve also starting teaching a couple new people as well! I don´t have much to say about them yet, but I´ll let you know when things pick up again! But, I´m confident that there´ll be some more baptisms in the next few months. However, I´m not sure I´ll be here to see them! But, I really hope I can make a difference in these peoples lives.
This past week I´ve been studying alot of the Conference talks in the Liahona. I really like the talk of Elder Cook about ¨Can ye feel so now.¨ He shared Alma 5:26. It says something about those who have felt the song redeeming love and a change of heart; and if so, can you feel that now? I thought about the times where I´ve felt the feeling of conversion in my life. The powerful testimonies, conferences, devotionals, camps, etc. It seems we can all feel the song of redeeming love during the powerful moments, but why don´t we always feel it during the quiet, slow moments of life? I´ve thought alot about how we can constantly sing the song in our everyday lives. I firmly believe that the base of all gospel, testimony, and progression stems from our communication with God. One of the biggest things I focus on with investigators is our prayers to our Father in Heaven. Do we constantly have personal prayer with God? Do we really speak to or at our Heavenly Father? Do we treat our conversations with God the same as our conversations with girlfriends, boyfriends, or friends? I testify when we really strive to speak with and not at our Heavenly Father is when we´ll really start seeing a difference in our lives. The communication with our Father in Heaven should be a cherished relationship that we all should not take for granted, so I encourage you all to evaluate your prayers and strive to build a stronger relationship with our God and Father. I know he is always listening, we just have to speak! En el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.
Have an excellent week!