Monday, October 15, 2012

Family Reunion!!!!

Wow! haha thank you so much for the great pictures! I got a good kick out of each one and a great laugh from the minions! :) It´s crazy how much everyone has grown! I didn´t recognize little Cooper, took me a couple minutes to figure out who he was! Glad to hear that you guys are all so good and that you had a good time!

Another week and A YEAR! It´s a weird feeling but it has given me great time to look back and see how far I´ve been blessed to come! The Lord truly is so merciful in all of His work and truly has our progression as a priority! This week we´ve been keeping super positive! The ups and downs come a little bit in the area, but we know that we can give more! :) We were able to find earlier in the week a couple of families that we had great experiences with and truly felt the spirit guiding our lessons. With a lady named Adriana we invited her to be baptized and she accepted! It was a special lesson to be able to understand how the Gospel truly can relate to each situation. She had told us that everything was fine for her and that all she asked for is that things would stay the same. She believes in Christ and at one point in her life attended a church, because of things in la vida she had aparted from the church. We explained to her how by maintaining a faith in Christ we have the promise that through the ups and downs we can have a steady hope! She loved what we had to say and ya we left with a smile on our faces and a cita the next day!... Next Day: Adriana no se encuentra mas! Ahorra she doesn´t answer her door. Hmm? Ha I know that this Gospel is true and pray that we´ll be able to find people in Villa Elvira that have to hear our message!

We are very grateful for Lenn and Gonzalo! :) They are truly a couple blessings in our lives that have helped us to keep the work going here! We were able to adjust the way that we teach them a bit this week. We´ve been passing by and teaching things that were great but wanted to focus on things that were best! We evaluated where they are at and how we can help them build a testimony. With Gonzalo we´ve seen a huge change in him as he continues to try and incorporate good habits in his life. He is having troubles a little bit with the Book of Mormon, but in giving him small parts to read and sections more focused on what he wants to learn, he has told us that this week he has made time to read! YES!!! :) Haha also this week I´ll have you know that we had a SUPER SABADO... unfortunately the results haven´t changed from Fiorito! HA we had like a total of 9 people. One day we´ll have success as an "activities committee." We watched 17 Miracles (INCREDIBLE movie)! Gonzalo came and loved being in the church!

With Lenn this week we had a great lesson! I had fasted to know what it was that we could do to help him progress and that day we had a lesson with him about the Holy Ghost and the guidance that it provides for us. He had been worried that by making this change in his life by getting baptized that it was like, he changes and then left alone to try and stay on the path. When we taught about the Spirit there was a different look on his face and you could tell that he was paying attention and that something had changed. We rehassured (spelling ?) him that following Christ isn´t as hard as we imagine it to be. I love in how Nephi describes that by receiving the Holy Ghost we will be guided to do all that we should do. Really our lives become easier as we summit our will to the Lords and choose to be dedicated and is especially blessed by the companionship of the Holy Spirit. So in the end it was a super good week! We saw progress where the Lord wanted and we grew in ways that we didn´t expect. I have been so grateful for a journal.. I wish I could go through each thing that I learn because it is life changing! However, I´ll be excited to share them after. (Up to this point in my mission I´ve missed 8 days of writing in my journal so there will be lots to share).

Well time continues to fly and we get to go back to work! :) I hope that you have a great week. I have a testimony of this Church and know it to be true. I know that we are blessed with a the true principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Chirst and by applying and obeying them we are brought to an everlasting joy. I know that the Sacrament, when prepared to partake of it, will leave us clean and blameless before our Father in Heaven through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That was and continues to be its purpose!

2 Nefi 26:24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.

Have a fantastic week! :)
I love each of you very very much!

Elder Jolley

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