Monday, March 23, 2015

Well changes are this week

Week Sixty!

We won’t know what is happening until tomorrow but it is highly possible that I will leave the marvelous ward of Tarapaca and enter only one last area for my mission. 

And with that it has brought a lot of refection. Realizing how little time I actually have left.  On Friday, Elder Eguez, who has been my district leader 6 months left for home which is really crazy.  Then my current companion who I met at the beginning of my mission, when we were both newbies, is entering her last 6 weeks today.  It is crazy to think of all of the growing and learning I have done in this time and how I have to still grow.  I’m really happy here.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Power of the Sacrament

Week Fifty-nine!

This week I have been thinking a lot about the Sacrament and the blessings that come from it.  I don’t really think that we apply it and this morning I was reading a story that really hit me so I’m just going to share that because I don’t have the words.

“One Sunday before sacrament meeting, the bishop approached me and asked, “Can you help us bless the sacrament?” I said of course I would.

I went and got my hymnbook and then washed my hands before taking my place at the sacrament table. I opened the hymnbook, and the first hymn I saw was “I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns, no. 193). The meeting hadn’t started yet, so I began to read the first line: “I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me.” Immediately a feeling of profound love filled my heart.

The previous night I had been reading in the Bible about the end of the life of Jesus Christ—the parts involving the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, and His death and Resurrection. I imagined Jesus being tortured, beaten, and ridiculed by the executioners. I also pictured Jesus carrying out His atoning sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane while His disciples slept.

I realized that I was about to bless the bread and water that represent His body and blood. The sacrament allows us to renew the covenant we made when we were baptized, which is to always remember Him, to keep His commandments, and to take His name upon us.

When sacrament meeting started, all of these thoughts were in my head. I felt profoundly that Jesus suffered in such a painful and incredible way that it is incomprehensible to us. The thought then came to me that He endured the suffering because of His love for us—for me.

I felt so loved by the Lord that I couldn’t control my tears. I felt like I wasn’t worthy of what the Savior did for me. But I also felt that His love for me is perfect. A friend will lay down his life for his friends (see John 15:13). When the sacrament hymn started, I stood with another brother to begin the ordinance.

We folded back the beautiful white tablecloth that covered the bread. As I held the bread, I knew I had the responsibility of breaking it as part of the ordinance, but I hesitated. The bread represents the body of Christ. I thought of the soldiers hurting the Lord, and I didn’t want to break the bread. When I broke the first piece, I thought of the painful and humiliating way Jesus was treated prior to His death—the crown of thorns, the whipping, the suffering. The tears continued to roll down my cheeks as I prepared the bread.

Then the thought came to me that these painful and humiliating events were necessary. They were part of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and He made the sacrifice because of His love for me and each one of us.

I began to feel a great peace and joy. I broke every piece of bread carefully and slowly, knowing that what I held in my hands was about to be blessed and sanctified for a special purpose and represented something very precious, beautiful, and extraordinary. I felt the great responsibility of doing this ordinance so that those in the meeting could renew a covenant with the Lord and receive the blessings of the Atonement.

When we finished, I saw the trays filled with the broken bread. The sight was marvelous and sublime. My companion said the prayer. Never before had I so clearly understood the phrase “that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son” (D&C 20:77).

When I partook of the bread, I felt my Savior’s love once again. I felt protected, humbled, and determined to do what’s right. I wanted to examine my life and repent of all I had done wrong.”

I’m thankful to Jesus Christ for His love for me. I’m thankful that we can receive the blessings of His Atonement: to be forgiven of our sins and have the chance to return to our Heavenly Father.

I love you all,

We're Superheros now...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Doubt Your Doubts

Week Fifty-eight!

This week I have been thinking a bit about the doubts we can have as members and in the Liahona, and I assume also in the Ensign, there was a great talk about When Doubts and Questions arise and it defines both of these words to help us better ourselves.

First it starts by explaining that it is 100 percent okay to have questions because questions help us to grow in our faith. 

"Questions, when asked with a sincere desire to increase one’s understanding and faith, are to be encouraged.  Many ancient and modern revelations have come as the result of a sincere question...A sincere questioner continues to be obedient while searching for answers"

“By contrast, I have seen that when people doubt their beliefs, they often suspend their commitment to commandments and covenants while waiting for answers. The doubter’s posture is generally to withhold obedience or limit it, pending resolution of the doubts."

But the thing that has been most important is when we have these questions where we look for the answer. We need to know the intention of what was written if it was to inform people about the church like or or if it was made to talk bad about the church.

But more importantly we can ask God. We can ask him if we have any doubt or question and if we are spiritually ready for that response He will answer. I know this is true and anything that is questionable is usually the acts of man because His church is perfect

Companion cutting my hair

Gekko with a broken back

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I don't know what to write

Week Fifty-seven!

Happy March.
This week we are still doing a lot of the same things as always and working with the same people as always.  I’m really tired this morning and don’t know why.

Everything is going great.

They called who were going to be the sisters of family history and it’s not me, but I’m still going to pretend like I am.