“más brillante que el sol, directamente arriba de mi cabeza; y esta luz gradualmente descendió hasta descansar sobre mí. Al reposar sobre mí la luz, vi en el aire arriba de mí a dos Personajes, cuyo fulgor y gloria no admiten descripción. Uno de ellos me habló, llamándome por mi nombre, y dijo, señalando al otro: Este es mi Hijo Amado: ¡Escúchalo!”
This week I learned just how important the First Vision story is. The reason I am here on a mission is because of that vision. The reason we have the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on the earth is because of that vision. The reason families can be together forever is because of that vision. We taught the first vision to all of our “investigators,” and each time the Spirit was so strong. I just want to teach all the people in the whole world this lesson. We challenged our investigators to watch this video, and you should watch it too: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2012-05-0105-preparation-of-joseph-smith-the-first-vision?category=joseph-smith&lang=eng
I only have a few more days here until I hop on a plane to Argentina, which is INSANE. Time flew by here. I cannot wait to get to Argentina and start preaching the Gospel. I KNOW this church is true. There is no way I can deny that. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored Christ’s church here on the Earth. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of us individually, and He sent His Son to atone for us individually.
Les amo mucho! The next time I write an email like this I will be in ARGENTINA.
Please tune into the Saturday afternoon session of conference and look for my face. I will be on the top row, so be on the lookout!
Send DearElders or packages to me before I leave (aka before Sunday):
What things ye have need of before ye ask him” (3 Nephi 13:8). Hermana Barlow and I searched for this scripture for like twenty minutes lololol.
THIS WEEK WAS GREAT. I can’t believe I’ve already been out here for four weeks. Time has FLOWN by, right Mom? 😉 I get my flight plans on Friday, which is just nuts. Only like twelve more days until I fly out to Argentina!
Like the scripture at the beginning says, God truly knows our needs before we ask Him. This week I have seen that in so many ways. It has been really awesome to see how God prepares ways to bless His children, and it is so awesome to be a missionary and helping His children come unto Christ. Every lesson we have we find that God has prepared us so precisely to help His children that we teach. It is awesome to sit in a lesson with an “investigator” and have the perfect scriptures to answer their questions. I know that God truly works through His missionaries.
I have also been so blessed in my short time as a missionary. God truly knows me and has blessed me like crazy here. All the waiting I had to do in order to serve this mission has paid off. One of the biggest blessings I have had in the last 4 weeks is the opportunity to sing in the MTC Choir that will perform during the Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference. I am so humbled and happy to have this opportunity! I hope you all tune in and see if you can see my face! Here is a link that will tell you how to watch: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/live-viewing-times-and-options?cid=HP_gcban_16-09-2016_cta_1dOCS_fGC_xLIDyban_&lang=eng
“He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:5-6). All that I am able to accomplish here on this mission is because of the Atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This week has been BEAUTIFUL. It is so easy to see God’s hand in the work here. Hay milagros en el CCM (MTC) for sure. In the course of one week we have had three apostles (Elders Christofferson, Ballard, and Cook) come to the MTC and speak, which is just incredible. Like this is unreal. Three devotionals in a row were from Apostles. Wow. We must really need some help here in the MTC if they are sending three apostles in a row down here. Yesterday Elder Cook testified that he knows the Savior’s voice, and he knows His face. This work and church is truly directed by the Savior.
Over the past few days I realized just how involved Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are in our lives and especially in the missionary effort to preach the gospel to the whole world. My companion and I were planning a lesson for Diana (refer to previous email for more info about Diana), and we really focused on how we could help her learn for herself that God loves her. We spent like an hour looking for scriptures that would show her that because God loves her, He made a plan to allow her to return to Him. While we were studying and searching, we would come across scriptures that we both just KNEW we needed to share with her. When it was time to go teach her, we felt super prepared, because we knew we had relied on the Holy Ghost as we prepared. In the lesson she asked lots of questions, but because we had prepared well, we were able to use the scriptures to guide her to the answers she was looking for. It was truly a #milagro.
I promise that if you study the scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon) with true intent and the desire to learn more from the Spirit, you will receive answers to your prayers. God truly does speak to each of us if we are willing to listen. I challenge each of you to find ways to improve your study of the scriptures. Start reading the scriptures everyday. Begin your scripture study with a prayer. Study with a question in mind. I don’t care what you do; just do something. You will be #BLESSED.
LES AMO MUCHO Y LES EXTRAÑO MUCHO. LA IGLESIA DE LOS SANTOS DE LOS ULTIMOS DIAS ES VERDEDERA Y JESUCRISTO VIVE AHORA.
This missionary work truly is Christ’s work. Every time I start falling in sleep during class (doesn’t actually happen that often. PROMISE) I remind myself that this is His work, and that if I do His will, I cannot fail on this mission. I still LOVE this work no matter how hard it gets.
Week two in the MTC was one big, fat adventure, so I apologize if I leave out some interesting details haha.
We got some new upstairs neighbors this week: BATS. So we had to leave our lovely 17M building, and trek all the way across campus to the not so lovely, but still very nice 13M building that was very recently inhabited by Elders….. But hey. It was just practice for transfers.
One of the biggest blessings this week was that we had CHICK FIL A for dinner on Monday. PRAISE. That was the happiest my taste buds have been in the last two weeks eating at the cafeteria here.
This week I also learned a ton more about the Spirit, and the biggest thing I realized is that the Spirit is only with you when you seek it and are obedient. I’ve had some of the awesomest spiritual promptings, and I am just so filled with joy all the time bc of the Spirit. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY.
Yesterday we taught a volunteer member from Argentina, and it was just a reality check. I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND HALF OF WHAT SHE SAID. All the other teachers and Spanish speakers here learned “Mexican Spanish,” and it is not Argentine Spanish at all.
We got a new investigator this week named Diana. Technically we don’t know if she is a member of the Church or not, so we might be teaching a REAL LIFE INVESTIGATOR. Anyways in our lesson, Diana just kept saying that there was no way that God could love us. She said she believes in God, but He doesn’t love us. And my heart just broke, because for me God is just one big being full of love. I feel His love everyday. Everything He created denotes that He loves us. Most importantly, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). How could we doubt His love if we believe in Him? I promise that God loves each and every one of us. The easiest kind of prayer for Him to answer is the one where we ask Him if He loves us. He will answer that in one million ways.
I’m still in awe at the blessings I receive everyday as a missionary. God loves you all. I love you all!