Monday, January 9, 2017

Focus on the Things That Truly Matter

Holaaa mis queridos amigos y familiares!

Alma 34:15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance. 16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.
Baptism of little Jesus

I want to share to share this special scripture this week because this is what God's plan is for us! Central to God's plan of Happiness is His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It is through Christ's atoning sacrifice that we have opportunity to exercise our agency and repent of all the bad things that we have done in our lives. It is through faith and repentance that we can receive the healing power of the Savior and become more like Him, and be prepared for the life to come after death. This is what my mission president challenged us to teach to everyone, because this is the only way that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again one day with our families. I know this is true!

This week was pretty exciting! Elder Sanchez and I are working hard to reach a goal of talking to 40 people each day. This was an instruction of Presidente Gabaldón and it's so we can find and teach new investigators. We really have to talk to everyone! We have been talking to people in the street, on the bus, in the stores and everywhere. I really have learned to develop a love for God's children even though I never have met them before. Serving our fellow men is one of the greatest blessings we have here on the earth.

January 6, 2017 - Día de Reyes (Day of the Wise Men) everyone eats Rosca, a breaded desert with fruit flavors that contains a little doll inside, and whoever finds the little doll inside, they have to buy tamales in February. I found the little doll on 3 occasions haha
We had a Multizone Conference on Friday with all the missionaries in Mazatlan and Escuinapa and Teacapan. I really enjoyed listening and learning from my inspired leaders and Presidente. Sister Gabaldón always lovingly reminds us to clean our houses and eat well and exercise every morning so we don't get sick and we can stay healthy. There are lots of new rules and concepts that we are trying, and there will be a new schedule for the missionaries as well. It's such an exciting time to be in the mission. It is such a great blessing to serve the Lord. I love every moment! Presidente Gabaldón told us that each and everyone of us need to be here, because this is the most important work that coming to pass. 
Pday basketball activity with Zona Mazatlan Oeste
One thing in particular that I learned this week is to focus on the things that truly matter, and not be distracted by the little things that aren't as important.

On Saturday was the baptism of Jesus Avitia. A little boy in the ward who is very excited to be a new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His father is not active and Jesus wanted that I baptize him. It was such a great experience! Although the water of the baptismal font was green, it was a special day for Jesus and he made covenants with God. The next day, he asked that I would do the confirmation as well without telling me beforehand and I confirmed him in Sacrament meeting and I had never done that ordinance before so I was super nervous and shaking haha. The great moments of the mission :)

Baptism of Jesus

Elder Bennett

Basketball Court on the beach

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