Tuesday, February 7, 2017

We All Need God's Blessings

Alma 58:10 Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people. 11 Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.
Basketball with the Compas!

In my studies I have been reading about the two thousand stripling warriors and their great diligence to keep the commandments of God. They were in war with the Lamanites and having troubles with them and they prayed mightily to God and they were blessed with peace. I love this story because each day we are fighting our own little battles and have challenges but when we are obedient and keep the commandments of our Heavenly Father, He will bless us in our afflictions and give us an assurance that we will overcome and our faith will become stronger.

Holaaa from Mazatlan!
Early morning exercise on the malecon

Elder Sanchez and I have been well! We have been working a lot with our investigators and being very patient with them. We love them and want the best for them. We were able to put baptismal dates with some, José for February 25 and Ramon for March 11. We have struggled a lot with putting baptismal dates but the Lord has blessed us that we could help these individuals to prepare for this important ordinance.

We had a pretty successful week, lots of ups and downs like always. A little scary all the assaults and murders that are going on lately but I never doubt in the Lord's protection when I do His will. I never doubt or fear because that is the opposite of faith and so I feel calm and segure that all will be well here. A 17 year old boy that lived in front of us was killed in an accident, the owner of our new apartment was assaulted after she took out $600,000 pesos from the bank, and a contact in the street told us that 20 minute before someone was killed like 2 blocks down from where we were, but I feel safe and protected from the world through my obedience and diligence to the rules and commandments.

Getting ready for the Carnival, which is a big deal here

It has been interesting the transition to the new mission schedule, but I am loving it! The new schedule allows us to use our agency more as missionaries. Lots of missionaries after the mission are becoming inactive or don't live the Gospel as strong as they did in the mission and so the First Presidency wants that we can get in a routine in the morning of studies and preparation that we can continue to put in practice after the mission. We have morning time to get ready in the morning and time to study as companions in the street which I like.
Sweet tie from Chiapas!

Sometimes it's a little frustrating when our investigators don't do the invitations that we extend. Elder Holland of the Quorum of the 12 said that we need to be sad when they don't read, pray, or go to church- we know these things CAN and WILL bless their lives so we need to be happy in their successes to live the Gospel and help them learn to make it a daily habit and a way of life. We all needs God's blessings, no one can live without them. We can be even more blessed in our lives when we do His will, and repent of our sins so we can be cleansed and have His spirit to be with us.

Tengan una buena semana a todos! Dios les bediga!

Elder Bennett

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