Sunday, August 30, 2015

I learned something very important this week!

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week. Our week was a pretty good week. It went super fast. It amazes me how quickly time seems to be moving as a missionary. This week was a pretty normal week for us. We did a lot of walking and a lot of appointments fell through as usual but really when I look back on it all I learned something very important this week. It doesn't matter how much we walk, how many appointments we have, or even how many lessons we teach; if we as missionaries of the Lord Jesus Christ are working diligently, striving to be obedient and doing everything possible to serve Him with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength; then it was a success. This week, then I would consider was a great success for Elder MenchĂș and I. Serving in Tizapan has been hard, the branch is small and there are few people here that have shown a real interest in the Gospel. We have been searching for new investigators, visiting less-active members, and trying to strengthen those who are active, so that we can find those who are prepared to receive our message. This week we did not have a single lesson with a member and an investigator present until Saturday. We had multiple appointments earlier in the week and we were trying hard to visit with people but all of our plans had been falling through. Both of us were feeling a bit discouraged. One day in my personal study I was reading in Chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel which teaches about Christlike Attributes. I was reading especially about Hope. There it says that "Hope helps overcome discouragement" it is "an abiding perseverance" and "waiting and expecting that something will occur" reading this the other morning helped me to stay hopeful and not be quite as discouraged for not having lessons. On Saturday we were finally able to visit with Hna. Lorena and we had a wonderful lesson with Hna. Elisa in our company. Later that day we found a new investigator named Mauro. It was a good day. Then yesterday we were unsure how everything would end up. We didn't know if we would be able to have a member accompany us to visit with our investigators because many cannot com with us because they have meetings and others do not come to church. After church my companion asked a young man to come with us and his mother said he could. We ended up having three more lessons with him and investigators and we found another new investigator yesterday. After all week long having few lessons and walking all day everyday with little to show for our efforts we were able to find a little success. I know it was a blessing of the Lord for our efforts to work diligently even when it was hard. About our investigators. Well Lorena it doing pretty well. We only got to visit her once this week because they had family members visiting all week long and they were traveling, but they left Friday night so we were able to see her on Saturday morning. We went Saturday morning and had a great lesson with her about following the prophet, the Ten Commandments, and Honoring the Law of the Land. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and is understanding it very well. We are not sure when she is going to be baptized as of right now because the re-dedication of the Mexico City Temple will be on September 13th and there will not be church that day, she would have been baptized on the 12th and confirmed on the 13th so we are thinking the following week, but we will see in the coming weeks! This week we found two new investigators. Mauro, who is an older man. He lives alone and the majority of his family lives in the United States. From what he has told us he has lived quite a tough life, but he has a strong desire to change his life. We have only taught him once, so we will see how it goes with him in the coming days. The other new investigator is Aturo"s mother. Her name is Maria Luisa. We talked to her the other day when we were searching for him and she was looking for him too! He has been drinking a lot lately I guess (we haven't been able to find him for over a week) and yesterday when we went and taught her she told us that he is in the alcoholic rehabilitation center. She is really interested in our message because of the trials she faces with her son and his addiction. Hopefully as we teach her more she will come to a knowledge of the truth of the Gospel. Lately there has been a lot of talk about the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Yesterday in Priesthood Meeting we also had a lesson that was based on Elder Russell M. Nelson's talk from the April General Conference "The Sabbath is a Delight" and it was a wonderful lesson. It sounds like many of you have been hearing continued lessons and training's on this subject and I want to leave you with my testimony on the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. I know that this commandment has been given to us from the beginning of times. Just as Moses received this commandment as part of the original Ten Commandments Jesus Christ kept this commandment as our perfect example. Later as He was preparing for His great Atoning Sacrifice He instituted the Sacrament in remembrance of Him. The Sacrament is the single most important thing we can do on Sunday or the Sabbath Day. As we partake of the sacrament we renew our covenants with our Heavenly Father. I know that keeping this day holy as a sign for our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is essential in our lives. I know this for myself from keeping this day holy. By only doing things that remind us of our Savior, and by refraining from work and other activities we can have renewed physical and spiritual strength given to us to face our week. The Sabbath Day is truly a delight for me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer and by keeping the Sabbath Day holy that I am giving Him a sign that I love Him. I love every single one of you and hope you have a wonderful week this week! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie

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