Monday, March 27, 2017

There is nothing like Missionary Work

Moroni 9:6 And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.

Genaro's Baptism
This last weekend we had our Multizone Conference here in Mazatlan, and when we were talking about following up with our investigators commitments, we were instructed that it is a big responsibility for us to help them repent. We always repeat Section 4 of Doctrine and Covenants and I like the part where it says "O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." President Gabaldon tells us that Always means Always and All means All! It's a great reminder for us to be diligent. There's lots of distractions sometimes and I know that if I continue serving the Lord with perseverance and persistence, I will be blessed and those we teach will see miracles. I love missionary work, there is nothing like it!
Genaro's Family

Hey everyone!

What an exciting week it has been!

This last Saturday, 25, we baptized Genaro! His mother and 3 of his brothers and sisters came to support him. It was a very special service. I felt the Holy Spirit present and joy in my heart to see the determination this youth has. The water was green! It was a scary to see the water dirty but we threw in lots of chlorine to help the situation haha. The bishop's first counselor baptized Genaro and has had much support from the members here in Albatros. Genaro is a great young man who is very willing to follow Christ. He is going to attend seminary and EFY in summer. He is going to be a good example for his family. They also went to church on Sunday but only for the sacramental. Juana, the mother of Genaro, said that after they went to church, her husband and she fought and they are going to separate. We are about to teach the 5 lessons again to Genaro and so it will be a good point to speak of how the Gospel can bless families and also of eternal marriage.
Sushi with the Young Single Adults

The multizone conference was a great boost for Elder Gonzalez and I! Sister and President Gabaldon talked a lot about repentance. I love this principle of the Gospel. It is one of God's greatest gifts to His children. I learned that each of us need to carry out a PROCESS of repentance. That means that we need to make CHANGES in activities or habits that aren't in accordance with God's laws and choose to act or think better. We need to ask strength to overcome our challenges and weakness so that we can become perfected in Christ. Moroni 10:32. I loved the part when Sister Gabaldon said "Never think that repentance is going to bring more sadness than the remorse that we feel when we act badly." That is so true! Each of us need the Gospel to clean us spiritually so we can enter worthily in Heavenly Father's kingdom.

Pday Basketball

More Pday fun

Thanks everyone, have a great week!


Elder Bennett
Sushi- yum!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Let Your Light So Shine

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This week I have been studying the life of Christ. I really liked this part of his Sermon on the Mount. The Savior was very bold in His teachings and the people who listened felt the power of His words. He is an example to me and the greatest teacher. He teaches us here that we should show our light to the world and show our faith by our good works. I know that these are words from our loving Heavenly Father. I know that as we follow the example of Jesus Christ, we are blessed with light to illuminate our path of righteousness and help others find their way as well. We will have more abundantly the guidance of the Holy Ghost and joy in our days. I have felt His love each and everyday in the mission and I hope that everyone understands that these blessings of love and light are available to all.

Hey Everyone!

The heat is starting up again, we are preparing for another hot summer. I have lots of favorite foods here! I have really like the shrimp, tacos, and there are sandwich with grilled meat called tortas which are really good. And also a seafood called ceviche and fried fish. Several people have told me about Trump and the crazy things he is doing with North Korea...

This was a pretty fun week! This week we worked on a challenge made by one of the missionaries in our zone who challenged us to find 25 investigators in 2 weeks. We started out a little weak in the first week by only finding 5 new investigators. The Lord really blessed us in this last week by finding 17 new people to teach. It was a miracle for us because we at first were discouraged but we put our faith in Him and He provided the way to find His children we need to share our message of hope. We felt satisfied with out efforts.

We are excited for the baptism of Genaro on Saturday 25th. He is also animated! He is such a prepared and a brave young man. He has 8 brothers in his family and his mom and dad but only he has progressed. His brothers have been listening but have not yet gone to church. Genaro is going to be a great example for his family and in time they too will want to be baptized. We had to teach a lot in a short amount of time but he has been well about studying and praying daily. We have felt happy to help this young man become a disciple of Christ.

A crazy story that our investigator Jesus told us this week  was when he was a little kid like 7 years old, he was picked up by drug dealers. They look for the kids that aren't well looked after and who can become potential drug dealers so they would do things to train him. For example, they picked him up when he was in the street and hung him by his hands and beat him with a board, they made him fight a seal, they buried him in the sand so his head was sticking out and the craziest thing was that they forced open his mouth and shoved down a snake and it was alive in his stomach. He didn't know what to do and so he thought to drink mineral agua and the carbonation made the snake leave out of his throat after four days, BUT left babies! The two babies left out the other end. We were in shock when he told us that haha.

Ward Activity

Thank you all! Have a beautiful week

Monday, March 13, 2017

We Can Receive Grace & Mercy

Mosiah 15:9 Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.

I love this scripture! This talks about the Savior's Atonement. He suffered and died for us, and rose on the 3rd day. He gave us the opportunity to repent and become new again. He has made it possible the Resurrection of all men. He made it possible that we can receive grace and mercy from our loving Heavenly Father. I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus the Christ!

Hola a todos! This last week our mission president gave us a 6 week challenge to study the scriptures especifically about Jesus Christ. Pte Nelson recently completed this challenge and learned more about the Savior and strengthened his testimony about His Gospel and His life as well as the prophet Joseph Smith. In the back of the scriptures in the Scripture Guide where we are looking up, studying and marking every scripture that we find about the Savior. I love this challenge and I love everyday that I can come to know the Son of God more and become more like him. Our companionship studies have been more interesting now with the challenge.

I made my 10th and final trip to finish my visa and become legal here in Sinaloa again. I went to Culiacan to receive my green card that allows me to live legally here in Mexico for one year. I was so grateful that I am finished dealing with all of the immigration things so I can focus on the work my last few months of the mission. When we went to the offices of the mission. President and Sister Gabaldon were there and we all participated in arm wrestling contests which was pretty fun! I have lost a lot of strength haha....

This week was a little rough. We have had a a few situations with our investigators and members that have been trying us. However, we are preparing Genaro, our investigator of 15 years old for his baptism for the 25th of this month. He is such good young man! The Albatros ward needs more youth, there are very little. We taught him the Restoration this week. Our other investigators haven't had time to listen or are not progressing.

We had a Family Home Evening on Thursday and we participated in the choir for the Ward Conference which was fun! I miss singing in choir!

I am grateful for this Gospel and I know that it blesses my life!

Thanks for everything! Have a great week!

Elder Bennett

Monday, March 6, 2017

So Much to be Thankful For

Alma 29:14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi. 15 Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit; and how great shall be their reward! 16 Now, when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away, even to the separation of it from the body, as it were, so great is my joy.

I wanted to share this scripture this week. I have come to have a gratitude for everything that has happened in my missionary service, the difficult and the sweet moments. I have come to feel joy and happiness for the joys of others. Even though success has come in different ways than I expect, I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who loves and knows me and blesses me for my obedience. I know that He is there for me and comforts me in difficult times and gives me joy in the beautiful experiences. I know Jesus is the Christ; the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I know that it is only by Him that we can be saved and returns to God's presence. (John 14:6) There is much to be thankful for!

My companion and Josue on Fast Sunday

Hey everyone!

This has been an amazing week! I am enjoying my new companion, Elder Gonzalez for the joy and spirit of work that he brings to Albatros! He is such a great Elder! He is from Puebla. He works very hard and we get along really well. I am trying to help him learn English and it is brain  
racking trying to remember English, there is no problem with writing it, it's the talking... We have started out week one of the transfer super well!

The Relief Society President, Lupita, invited us over and made us crepes
We recently put a baptismal date with a young man named Genaro. He has 15 years old and he has a lot of faith in Christ. We are going to baptize him on March 25! We are so excited! He is attending seminary and is going to church every week and reading the scriptures! Not many youth these days are doing that!

Part of our area

We had a special experience with one of our investigators that we have been teaching for a while now named Jazmin. Her boyfriend who is the father of their two children recently returned back with her and they are progressing amazingly. They are now praying as a family and they attended church for the first time! Ahhh I was so excited because the blessings of the Sabbath Day are so special and she has made lots of changes in her life and is seeing the blessings and gaining a testimony. The Lord is blessing us and our investigators in many ways!

We have worked hard this week to find new investigators. We have had to leave a few of them for a while so the seed that we have planted in them can swell and grow. We have a few new people in teaching that are progressing as well!

I love this gospel, I love the Church of Jesus Christ, I love my family and I love God! Thanks for your love and help!