Sunday, July 24, 2016

Week 45 - Plant Seeds & Watch Them Grow

Hey guys!

Scripture of the Week: Joshua 1:9 -- "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be   thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

It has been a super busy and great as normal! The time is flying by and it is starting to make me uncomfortable realizing that. 

We started the week out great celebrating America Day, playing some soccer, and finished the day eating some carne asada tacos. Happy birthday America, I hope you enjoyed it. We were walking towards the grocery store, and I saw an American flag, and I had to buy it. It is now proudly hanging as part of our bedroom window curtain haha. 

On Thursday we had an awesome Noche de Hogar with the Cas. and Ad.´s family. Elder Wright and I decided that Ad.´s family really needed to gain a stronger testimony on the Restoration, so we decided to watch the Restoration video, which talks about how the true gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth after not being present for so much time. It talks about how Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet to restore these truths, and all of the hardships and trials he went through. It was a great testimony builder for them, and for me, gaining a reassurance of the truthfulness of the Gospel. The early members of the Church suffered way too many things for it to not be true. Ad., Ar., and Yos. left with a stronger testimony of Joseph Smith. It was so cool to see how into it they were! They could really feel the Spirit of the message. I am so grateful to be a part of the Church of Jesus Christ in these days! It brings be such comfort to have the protection and safety from temptation and difficulty as I follow the teachings of Christ! It amazes me to see how different the world is from the Church, it is so much better to be in the Church! 

Other updates: Fa. is preparing to receive the Aaronic Priesthood, and he is super excited to keep learning and progressing in his knowledge of the gospel. Jesús, the investigator of the Sister missionaries, is doing super awesome! He is anxiously awaiting his 18th birthday so he can choose for himself to be baptized, he came with us again this week to visit people and encourage them to learn more about the Gospel! It is awesome to see how great his faith is, he isn’t even a member of the Church yet, but he is so excited to work in the service of God; he is an incredible example to me of true conversion! 

I have learned a great lesson this week. We are sadly beginning to have to drop a coupe of investigators that are not progressing at we had initially hoped. I was kind of disappointed at first, cause I was really hoping I would be able to see them all get baptized, but we have come to realize that some are just not quite ready yet. Elder Wright and I talked about that, and we realized that it is necessarily our purpose to baptize everyone! Obviously that is the goal, haha, and it would be awesome, but we have to realize that sometimes people just aren’t ready yet. Our purpose is to ´invite others to come unto Christ, by helping them receive the restored Gospel´. If someone isn’t ready yet, that is okay! We did our part by inviting and helping. Now we just have to find other people, invite and help them, and if they get baptized, awesome! If they don’t get baptized, awesome too! We helped them increase their faith in Christ, and maybe someday, because of something we said or did, they will accept the Gospel! We are planting seeds. 

Have an awesome week, all! I love this gospel, love being in God´s service, love life. 

Elder Daines

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