Monday, May 7, 2012

¡Hola! Cómo les va?

No puedo creer cómo vuela el tiempo, vamos a hablar en una semana, re loco. Estoy re animado. Para contestar su pregunta que me hizo nosotros hemos planeado a llamarles cómo a la una por allí el día domingo. ¿les parece? Vamos a llamar de la casa de nuestro presidente de rama así que deberíamos tener una buena llamada otra vez! No pued esperar a verles. :) tengo todo para entrarme en Skype entonces espérenme entre 12.30 y 1.00!

Thanks for sharing all your great experiences during the week. Sounds like you got hit by something pretty bad this week and it didn´t leave anyone untouched. I´m very sorry and hope for your speedy recovery! Again I hope that you had a very Happy Birthday dad and are enjoying your new shirts.. Shnazzy! This week we´ve been trucking along and have had a great week! Everything is going and that´s what´s important. Every day it seems that we have a new path in front of us that allows us to be better servants and ultimately better people. That our Savior is doing a greater work than we can even imagine! This week as far as lessons went was one of the best weeks that we´ve had in Fiorito!! There was one day when we met with EVERYONE that we had planned!.. It probably was the most fulfilling and satisfying day on my mission and it felt so good to be going from one place to the next preaching the Word!

On Thursday as we were heading to a service project we said Hi to an older man that was walking down the street, he called us over and started talking to us. He said that he had spoken to Elders before but that it had been a long time. He has seen us walking in the streets a lot of times but hasn´t felt to say anything! His name is something crazy, I don´t remember, but his "street" name as he told us is Donene! :) You never can be too old for a sweet street name I guess. He is really known by all the Pibes in the area so that´s what they call him! We set up a time to come back and had an amazing lesson with them. They are super religious and love the bible, so listening to us is just icing on top! We´ve met with them a few times since and have invited them to be baptized! ... Unfortunately they are leaving the Province to visit her Mother for a few weeks. (Oh, mothers day here is in October entonces este vacación no tiene nada que ver). We were sad but left them with the Book of Mormon and they were super excited to read it! We´re praying for a miracle that they´ll finish it by when they return! "We must needs have Hope!" -Moroni

Our investigators right now are all SUPER great! We´re seeing true interest in our message and a lot of indecision.. Which is a good thing! It helps us to understand that they are interested in our message and that as we work by the spirit and teach according to their needs they will have a greater testimony in the Restored Gospel. I have been working hard this week to get lost in the work more! To lose myself in the things that we teach. I read something in PMG, that is a great guide! It invites us to Study the lessons, Believe in them, Love what is in them, Live according to the doctrines taught, THEN Teach according to the testimony that we gain. What a great recipe to get us lost in our work and to teach with power and authority!

Don´t have much time, but I wanted to share an experience I had on inter cambios this week. We taught a lady that knows the church back and forth and does everything.. just faults a testimony that we have a living prophet. We watched the biography of Thomas S. Monson! Wow.. what an inspired and spiritual giant! As I was watching I was interested in how these men become the men that they are, in 1 Nephi it talks about how Nephi became the great prophet that he was:

1 Nephi 2:16
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe...

and then,

1 Nephi 15:11
Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.

As we start with a desire and yearning to know Christ, He truly will allow us to believe. As we grow in experience and continued faith we can develop a trust with our Savior that is everlasting!! Through good and bad I know that trusting in the Lord allows us to develop that foundation of faith that President Eyring talked about that will allow us to overcome whatever situation is ahead of us. I saw in the life of our Prophet that in good times and bad He trusted that God was in the Heavens and that Jesus is the Christ who is mighty to save all those who come unto Him. With this trust, we can know that we will leave our trials greater and more seasoned as we continue to cry to him and always, always keep his commandments. What a special man that our Prophet is! He receives the word of God for our times and bears testimony of the power of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that trusting in the Lord is an apostolic quality and even greater, an attribute of Christ.

I am so excited to talk with you all next week! I love you and see ya soon!

Elder Jolley

Ps. Totally typed the wrong scripture last week.. how embarrassing! Try D&C 64:33-34 :) I am a good Missionary! haha

  The first one is with our Branch president, Pres. Pulido!
You guys will get to meet him when we chat.
We are working to fix his roof! 

 Another service project that we did cutting off the branches
for an lady in our rama. Using some sweet Lamanite tools!

Elder Jolley and Elder Braden Saunders.. 
doing a little inter cambio Friday and Saturday.

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