i have been called to serve a mission for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints for eighteen months in the nicaragua managua south mission. my family has agreed to post my weekly emails here, as well as any comments or posts they wish to add.
Monday, July 27, 2015
el 08 de Junio
what a week, but one worthwhile.
we really struggled this week to manage our time well, and partly
due to the fact that douglas, who we will discuss later, lives in the other extreme of our area, and is like a wandering dog, not always in the house. and as part of it all, we have to visit our investigators each day the week before their baptism because the spirit of temptation is the strongest, so we chased the wandering dog each day and helped him find a home to stay in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
after sunday, we were really concerned about hermanos roberto
and veronica, a couple who are investigating the church. roberto has problems with alcohol, and for fifteen days he resisted all of the temptations to drink. but last sunday morning, all ready for church, he sat with liquor in his hands. so, saturday we gave him this:
his personal calendar to count the coming 21 days to his baptismal
date. here, investigators have to attend church three times, and go for at least two weeks without alcohol or cigarettes before they can be baptized, hence the importance of the coming three weeks and his recovery from this addiction.
another great success, would have to include helping this little
guy into the waters of baptism, as the pioneer of his family. his brother will be baptized next week, and his parents are starting to open up to listening to our message for themselves, so we may have a wedding--baptism party again! (no Photo)
jose daniel and me, all ready for his confirmation the next day!
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a great tender mercy here is not having a fault of food. the
people here are humble, and also willing to share with us. they understand the principle that daniel taught, that if they share with the Lord's servants, they too will be blessed with the nourishment they need. this is usually what we receive for dinner:
eggs, rice, beans, and bread. something simple to show their
hermano neftali makes the list this week as favorite person,
because he cares enough to travel a great distance to travel another great distance to visit investigators. a great ward mission leader!
this week i did a little study about the cross that christ asks us
to take upon ourselves in matthew 10:38-39
::And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not
worthy of me. He who seeketh to find his life shall lose it: and he that sacrificethhis life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.::
but what is this cross that we are asked to take? we read later in
::Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments. Break not my commandments for to save your lives; for whosoever will save his life in this world, shall lose it in the world to come. And whosoever will lose his life in this world, for my sake,shall find it in the world to come. Therefore, forsake the world, and save your souls; for what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?::
take up our cross, deny yourself all ungodliness, keep the
commandments of the lord.
and the next part is probably my favorite: break not my
commandments for to save your lives. for whosoever will save his life in this world, shall lose it in the world to come.
the lord invites us to take upon us our own responsibility and
take action. our salvation is individual.
james e. talmadge says
::a cross was a symbol of ignominy, extreme suffering, and death.
however, should they lose their lives for His sake, they would find life eternal.::
the lord's grand promise is life eternal. take up your cross, and
come to him.