December 16, 2013

it’s december?

im excited for this week and the next:

activities with recent converts
activities with investigators
activities with the stake
activities with all the missionaries.

fun, fun, and more fun……
but i could never forget work, work, and more work…

   we are having a talent show and elder mataia wants me to sing….yeah, i do not sing. plus i have gripe again so my voice is shot. i told him i wouldnt be able to do it but he still insisted…we will see how that one plays out. 

this last week has gone by suuuper fast. like it’s really weird how fast it went. i had my first case of the really bad diarrhea… hahah tmi? ooops. this was on saturday and so i wasnt able to work that day…i was not happy at all. the day before had gone amazing with our investigators so to have that happen really annoyed me. like come on?

e l d e r   b r o w n 
cute elder brown goes home next week… like a day after christmas. 
its crazy to think he will be leaving us. such a sweet guy. im sad to see him leave but excited to see what plans our heavenly father has in store for him next.

so this week in my study i have been focusing a lot on
B  A  U  T  I  S  M  O   

like, how amazing it is that heavenly father and jesus christ have given us books of scripture in order to better understand their ways? i just love the scriptures and truly have a testimony that every single question we have can be found in scripture: the words of christ and the words of His servants.

i had an experience with this guy who told me he believes in christ and tries to do right things but he doesn’t want to be baptized..
i sat there and was kind of confused….actually i was way confused. does he not know that the lord tells us we NEED to baptized or we cannot be saved in the kindom of god? 
“y (jesucristo) manda a todos los hombres que se arrepientan y se bauticenen su nombre, teniendo perfecta fe en el Santo de Israel, o no pueden ser salvos en el reino de Dios.”
jesus christ also says:
“seguidme y haced las cosas que me habéis visto hacer.”
jesus christ is p e r f e c t  and still he was baptized to complete toda justicia, to show us what we must do, and “testificar al Padre que le sería obediente al observar sus mandamientos” 2 nephi 31:7

“wherefore, my beloved brethren, i know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent before God, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism— yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his words, behold, tehn shall ye receive Holy Ghost; yea, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the holy ghost.”

“and no unclean thing can enter into the his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, bc of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end. Now, this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works wich ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for taht which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do; Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”                                              
the scripures talk about baptism so much and how it is necessary..its unreal.

family and friends, if we want to be closer to our heavenly father and our savior, Jesus Christ….if we want to find out His will for us, we have to P R A Y & R E A D   the scriptures. the scriptures are the words of God. if we do not have a good knowledge of the scriptures, we wont have a knowledge of what He wants us to do in our lives. he also says in the bible that whether it comes from his mouth or the mouths of his servants, it is the same. In the scriptures we have words of his servants, his prophets, and we have a modern prophet on the earth today, thomas s. monson who, just like the prophets of old, leads and guides the church of Jesus Christ under the direction of JESUS CHRIST himself!!
“wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken…”
we have a prophet so that we “be no more children, tossed to and fro, carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4:14

im so thankkful to have a heavenly father and a savior, even jesus christ, who love us so much that they are willing to give us scriptures and prophets in order to direct their church so we can better understand how to live this life in the way that they want so we will be able to return to live with them again as a family.

i love you guys so much, and i hope you guys are enjoying december! 
remember that jesus christ is always here and always willing to help us wherever we are in our lives.

que le vaya bien



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