ORALE! Por FIN tengo 21 anitos!!! :D pues, i want to thank all you for the birthday wishes and the love! you are all (nacho voice)..."De Beeesss :)" Man, i have so much things to say in this email! this week went by SO SLOW and it was so AWESOME!! time has not slow down for a long time, and so it was nice to finally have week like this one that we could get out and work our buttocks off! it was so fun!! we got tan, walked like every place on earth, had some super sweet miracles happen, i got cake smash in my face 2 times, and it was simply awesome!! so i am going to just get to business cus there is a lot!
ok, so last sunday, we were ask to give the priesthood class about helping the youth COMPREHEND the importance of the Gospel. i look back and can truly say that my padres teach me how to comprehend but seriously, i dont feel like my brain was near close to be able to do it. i know it is funny to think about that, but with ADHD life is hard sometime and we just lost like 3 screws in the existencia premortal. so the comprehend parte is very dificult, now with youth that are learning, Are they really understand what they learn? it is cool because as we think about it, the answer is found in the acciones. the acciones that we take as people, really help us answer that question. not with just youth but as adults too! (i can now say that cuz i have 21 years) :) thats wierd..
anyway, our branch is really focus right now on getting everyone back active! Hno. Moore from the high counsel spoke last sunday about how importante es to share the gospel with our friends and families that are not members! as a misionero, he went to Boliva. it is a pais en South america and when he got there, they not able to wear ties, nametags, not able to carry scriptures, backpacks, NOTHIN! because a week before 2 misioneros had been killed and Elder Ballard went down there to tell them they could only wear dress shirts and slacks blets and shoes. No materiales to teach. so they had to memoriziar everything! scriptures, questiones, answers, everything. and then he tell us that during the 4 months they need to do all of that, they become the Highest baptizing mision en the WORLD! with 150 misioneros, they baptized over 1,000 people a MONTH!! Ridiculo right? (our mision not even baptize 700 last YEAR) just so you can see the diferencia que hay entre ellas. so is it about numbers? absolutamente no! but, it is a milagro that happen becuase they had nothing! they COMPREHENDED i think the gospel to such level the spirit could help the members, and misioneros teach the people. they didnt knock ONE DOOR either. that is how it got to be dun! GIT-R-DUN!!!
so as we apply this leccion to our live, if we truly comprehend the gospel, we will try to share it with everyone! so we have to preach, no. "share the gospel at all times, and if necesary, use words" . so how? our EXAMPLE! the example the youth see is the one they will follow. i know and testifico that this is true. no matter how much you teach them with words, it all has to do whith what you DO! and it has to be out of LOVE! i love my savior. i love my familia so much! i know that we ARE an eternal familia. through the time i been a misionero, i have come to understand a bit about the gospel. i am not perfect, so i dont say that i Know it, but i understand many parts, and they are the simple parts. The principles are what is important. Faith, Repentance, Bautismo, Holy Ghost and Persevere to the End. everything you can think about goes under one of those. I know that this is true i know that as i apply all these things, i become happy and i feel the love of Jesucristo en mi vida.
so how do we get faith? we have to pray. Read Eter 3:9, the brother of jared was very favored of the lord. Why? Eter 1:33-37; eter 1:43- HE PRAYED! Eter 12:6- you cant recieve witness until you have your faith tried. we do that through prayer! and like it say in eter 1:43 it was after a long time that the brother of jared was answered by the lord, and it was because he did it! he didnt just do it once, it was a long time! so Alma 37:36-37 or maybe it Alma 36:36-37? i cant remember it is the one alma say to consult the lord in all thy doings....anyway, we have to do that personally and AS A FAMILIA!! that is something that really make my testimonio of pray real!! my familia always do it, and i know that it really help me in my trials, and it is so that as you pray together, you can hear and understand what is really on the mind of the others and how you can help. i know that this brings much love and much blessings from out father heaven! Just remember, Miracles dont produce faith, but Great Faith produces Miracles :) It is always Better to Look Up :)
This week, we had many tough time getting to our investigators, but many are progressing so well! Martin is for sure good to go on 29 Julio 2012, and we are rollin wit him! he is reading with his wife and praying with her EVER DAY! we has come to church the past 2 weeks, and loves it! he also has ask me to bautizarlo so that will be so cool :) yesterday i was able to share my testimony, on my birthday, like one chance in a life thing! it was so strong and the spirit really was my guide. as i see him sitting there, i started to almost cry and i was able to hold back, but i see that their familia is so much more united, the love you can SEE in their eyes, they really are becoming an eternal familia. I am so grateful for my companion and i to be able to help them in this. We are working so hard with the spirit and my companion and i just look and smile becuase the great change Martin has made. Everyone tell me before that it would never happen when i say to them that before i leave martin will be bautizado and well look what is happening! (it not because of me) the Lord has help Martin know that now is the time, and he is sharing the gospel with EVERYONE! Remember Jeremias and Rosalyn? well their dad, Guzman, is not a member, and we have been trying to teach him, and sabes que? Martin and he are GRAN AMIGOS! they are both Dominicanos, that is really good just so you know, and Martin is going to brind Guzman this sunday to church, and soon Guzman will be a member, with a great Familia that we just baptise like 2 month ago! i tell you, it so amazing the miracles that come from prayer :) i tell jeremias and rosalyn all the time that their dad WILL accept the gospel soon, and they all say ahh no her is not like that he doesnt like church, well now look :) Martin is the MAN! the Lord is ready to make things happen, so Are we Prepared and worthy to make it happen? that is the key!
Also we were able to make a coneccion with Julio y Nora, our other investigadores that have baptismal date for 29 Julio. for the first time Julio open el libro de mormon and read Alma 32:16 and the espiritu just fill the room. he say, wow this is very interesting. we left him with chapter 32 and when we came back we brought Hno Orellana, he own a pizzeria and always give us free cheesteaks :) anyways, we get to julio house and come to be that they are like awesome amigos! crazy right!! so now we have an amigo for julio and nora, and they are getting the ball rollin and will hopefully be at church this next sunday! we talked about repentance- it is a decision. the decision to repent is deciding to close the doors of all other direcciones, with the determinacion to follow FOREVER only ONE WAY, the ONLY way that leads to Eternal Life. I know that this is true. Repentance is a proccess, not somthing we do just once. there is no such thing as 10 hail mairy and accepting the savior and being forgiven. it is not that easy. Jesucristo didnt get it that easy, so why would we? he is the example, he suffered everything your little brain can possibly think about, he has feel it! he know how it is and i know that it is true. to be like he is, we have to follow the Only way that give us eternal life...Jesucristo! La Iglesia de Jesucrist de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias is the only true church on the faz of the earth. i testify that you can also know that through prayer and faith! Alma 32:21- i dont know about you, i never seen God, Jesucristo or Jose Smith, or the plates, but i KNOW without a doubt, they live, the plates are real, we are part of the gospel restored to the earth by Jose Smith, and that it only takes a desire to Belive, in order to Know :)
As a district, we have been focusing on the spirit a lot and my district is awesome. i really do love all of them and i know that they are great misioneros. i learning so much and they are a great example to me. i was so amazed at the great dedicacion they put in to their work. we are getting better as a district in getting investigadores to church, the lord is guiding us through the Espiritu Santo and the Miracles are coming from the Excersizing of our faith. i know that God loves and lives. He is helping me guide these misioneros, and they are guiding me :) when we pray for inspiracion en our prayers, it is necesario to also ask for a confirmacion of our answers that we get. the Holy ghost is the testifyer in all that the lord and God have set out. we have to pray and realy desire that he is with us 24/7. i know that as we do this, the lord will bless us and the many struggles that our district has will soon become a little better :)
i want to tell mi hermanito Alec Gallego how proud i am of you, i love you more than you even imagine. i am so excite for you to go to the templo and recieve the great blessing the lord has for you. You are a chosen one, you have been called, and you have to give it your all. dont worry about comprehending the things you learn in the temple, that will come over time, trust me. just sit back, and FEEL the great spirit in that place and really just soak it all in bud. you will be a great misionero, i know that as you put all you have to him, he will take care of you. no matter how long it is before i see you again, just always remember that you have a big brother here, always ready to listen and help if i can. i cant explain how deeply sad i am to not be with you, but i can explain how deeply proud i am to see it from a diferente side of view, i am super happy, and i know that soon you will feel the great spirit the lord has bless me with for this mision i am serving. just always remember, LOVE EVERYONE, stay humble, and have fun cuz if you are not having fun, You are not doing it right. :) 3 Nefi 5:13 :) te amo hermanito. ya pronto te vere y podremos compartir el gran Gozo y felicidad por ser misioneros a la vez, en otras partes del mundo :) hechate galleta y tenga presente Siempre Mosiah 3:19 y Mosiah 4:9-12 :) Camara banda!
Los quiero mucho!!