Sunday, 16 February 2014

February 10,2014 E-mail

A lot of people think that they are just fine without religion.But they are kind of like Adam and Eve before they ate of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, they just haven't experienced it yet so they don't really know that they are just fine. Because to experience it they will understand that before what they thought was "fine" really was miserable. But way to go with your effort to share, Mom!!!!! Don´t you just feel so great?! That is one of the trials of missionary work. There will always be a majority of people who do not accept. More than most of the people we talk to don't accept to listen or follow what we have to say. The trick is to learn to find happiness in your efforts and not rely any other's  acceptance to find the joy in the work. There is a line in Preach My Gospel that says something along the lines of: Your success as a missionary (full time or member) is based on your commitment to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the Restored Gospel of Christ through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. This goes for ALL members, not just full-time missionaries. :D

Well, investigators: Johan, the eleven year old, is going to get baptized this Thursday which is awesome! He said he wants the Bishop to baptize him! How cute is that?! We just found quite a few new ones yesterday whom I don't know very well. Two of them I barely spoke to. So this is what happened: We went to knock on the door of a family we found earlier this week and at the door exactly next to it was a young man who was waiting for a friend or something. So Hermana Sanchez started talking to him and then the dad of the family we went to look for answered so I started talking to him. Then the mom of the dad came to the door and I was talking to two people. Then the friend of the young man came to the door so Hermana Sanchez was talking to two people. Then somehow we combined conversations for a couple minutes and then separated again, so when I finished with the dad and turned to meet the two young men the lesson was almost over. So I don't know anything about them because I wasn't really talking to them. It was such a great moment to be teaching four, well five (another man came to the door), people at once in two doors! I love my companion! It is such a privilege to have a companion who wants to work and who will work hard! Then we found the lady, Elisabet, who is the neighbor of an inactive member we found. Elisabet recently had twins, a boy and a girl, and early in December the baby boy passed away. She has really been prepared to listen to us in that aspect. Also she's never been baptized (here it's almost impossible to find someone who hasn't been baptized Catholic or Evangelist), and she understands the need to be baptized. So she accepted a baptismal date, but she might not be able to keep it because her "spouse"or the man she's living with doesn't believe in anything and probably won't want to get married. So we are praying for a miracle that she can have the hope to be with thier baby boy again but we don't know what will happen. We are working with a lot of less actives right now. It always amazes me how many members we find that are not on the records because they move from Peru or Bolivia and don't know that they have to change records or how to find the chapel so they stop going. But we find them and help them come back, and then they lead us to people who need to be baptized!

Aproveche este tiempo parar compartir el Evangelio! No un mejor tiempo como ahora! Take advantage of this time to share the Gospel! There is no better time than now!

Hermana Arntsen

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