Heey!! What changes the Lord can make in a week!! The whole time factor iscrazy... just nuts but if we are seeking the Lord's will and following His spirit, wow how effective our time will be!! This week we had an incredible Zone Conference about "La Fe hasta Milagros" the whole theme of this conference was to understand faith and be able to have the desires to do hard things! (easier talked about than applied). For most of the week I had been study and reviewing my notes and trying to take everything in and doing everything and become a Son of Mosiah... Slow down! It became difficult. I learned about Pavilions that come between us and God! What is most important is that we are listening and seek His guidance in our lives and not putting other motives above our Heavenly Fathers. He knows what we need and knows when and why He does things. What a special trial!! Later in the week, thinking back on the things that happened I was filled with gratitude for a firm knowledge that Jesus Christ is real! As we never loose sight of that we can do hard things and we are promised that those who build upon the Rock of Christ "will not fall."
4 For I know that thou wast in bonds; yea, and I also know that thou wast stoned for the word’s sake; and thou didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee; and now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee.
5 And now my son, Shiblon, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
Well as for the week, we were busy getting things ready for Florencias baptism! Couldn´t love the Flia. Cejas more! This family is so special and has come so far.. complete change in who they are! A couple months ago the family was in wrecks and for having accepted the Gospel and applied it in their lives they have all been baptized, re-activated in the church and have goals on getting SEALED as a family!!! :) The baptism was great, Florencia had a wonderful experience and as of today left for Buenos Aires with the Young Men and Young Women to do baptisms for the dead for 3 days!! Ha baptism, confirmation, temple ordinances... not a bad weekend for her! We are thrilled!! Her brother Agustine is a member and at the baptism has been a little rebellious, he comes to the church but it´s a matter of "getting the toe wet and jumping into the water" I was sitting with him during the baptism and at one moment you saw his face change, I asked him afterwards what happened at that moment and he told, "che, algo me tocó en ese bautismo.." The next day he had an interview with the bishop and later took the decision to "jump in" and was ordained a Priest! Haha. I love being a missionary!
The coming week, we have another baptism of a little girl (9 years old como Draya) named Abril who is getting baptized! We´ve been working also with her and her family! The flia. Ortiz Martinez. We were happy this last week, we invited them to come to a couple ward activities that we had. They got to know more members and I believe had a great time. We had to leave before the activity even started.. sometimes activities start really late here so it doesn´t exactly fly with mission schedule. But they stayed and hung our with our amazing members! The ward loves this family and are super excited to support Abril next week in her baptism!
I wish I could let you guys in on everything that goes on but.. time doesn´t stop!! We´re going right now to a Zone Activity at the church! :) A little Fútsibol!
Have a great week! Know HOW MUCH I love you guys and thank you for everything!
Elder Jarvis and Elder Jolley enjoyed some hot dogs over the stove
The Florencias baptism