Matt's scripture for the week

Therefore, … whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely;

Alma 42:27

Saturday, May 19, 2012

D 8

saludos familia 

alrighty then!                                                        9 May 2012

This week has gone really well. We had the chance to look back on our missions and see what we have done and what we want to change.  President Lee gave us a talk entitled “finding joy in the journey.” He talked about how to view the past and how to change the future.  One thing that it said was if you are always looking for tomorrow you will have a lot of empty yesterdays.  So I realized that I need to live in the now by smelling the roses as I go instead of walking by them and live day by day paying attention to the lessons for good or for “growth” instead of just getting thru the day; because our time is short on the mission and one can’t ever change the past anyway; live, learn and grow...  

hmmm the DR is in the time of politics and elections are on the 20th.  So this whole month ...well my whole mission we have heard advertisements from the candidates. They have huge trucks full of speakers playing their own theme songs. ha it gets old really really quick . We were teaching a lesson and had just got done explaining the principle of faith and it was all spiritual and a truck passed by and we couldn’t hear ourselves talking!  ha so it was really less effective, but it happens.

As I am training Elder Esparza, we study a lot more then I ever have in my mission; to be honest, it helps so much.  We are going over the restoration and how to teach it and what things could be more helpful for the people. We are always applying what we learn in the lessons we study. For example, we were contacting and we knocked on a door and found a guy named Doud. He let us in and we sat down. At first he didn’t really have time and kind of wanted us to leave. As time went on and as we talked more he eventually paid attention and listened.  We taught him about the restoration and it was way cool.  I got to share the first vision which is something that I haven’t done much, but as I got done , he ripped the pamphlet out of my hand and asked if he could have it. He explained to us that he usually doesn’t open the door to people like us, for some reason he did. He said that maybe it was his time to know a little bit more about what God wants for him. That experience, for me, showed how effective studying is and how the spirit works for us. I’m really glad that we were ready to share with him.

Something that I’m really grateful for is my comp.  Even though we are really different from each other, he was in a band, I played sports, he’s short, I’m.... taller than him, he speaks Spanish, I try to, he’s from Chile, I’m an American... anyway, there are a lot of things but not matter how different we are, we find a way to get along and to forget about ourselves and help the people that we are teaching. I haven’t been able to do that as well with my other comps – experience and understanding I guess and I’m in a better place with myself to understand. So I’m way glad to have him. It’s not a big thing but it means a lot.

We are finding people like crazy and I really hope that they can progress. The thing that we are doing with everyone that we meet and teach and also with the members active and inactive is having them read the Book of Mormon with the goal to finish it by the end of the year. It’s a blessing to have that scripture, so we should probably read it, no? ...... So there is my invitation to all! 

Humm, specifically in regard to the priest quorum. what would have helped me be better prepared for my mission?  Since we are to live and teach the Doctrine of Christ, I would liked to have been taught much more about that and made sure I understood it and made it part of my life.  When I was in the quorum we focused a lot on the manuals which is good, but I just feel like we talked a lot about things that are good but aren’t that important, I mean helping your neighbor is a good thing to do, but understanding what Christ did and what he wants us to do and why, is what would’ve helped me; faith, repentance, baptism (sacrament), Holy Ghost, scriptures, and enduring to the end. 

MOM, you’re welcome for the note. I’m glad it got to you on time!!!! 
Well I love you all 


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