Monday, June 17, 2013
How was Father´s day? Here it was asi-asi. Holidays are tough here because nobody wants to talk to us...yeah.
Here are a few pictures from a museum we went to last week. You have to go! Ask Kai for more details.
[pics to come]
Here is my email to the president!
This week was wonderful!
We are siguiendo adelante with Camila and her mother to prepare for Camila´s baptism on the 29th.
We also have another Sister who will be baptized on the 29th, named Edith. She has known the missionaries for 2 years now, but came to us a week ago to ask for our help to prepare to be baptized.
Both Camila and Edith came to Sacrament Meeting yesterday, as well as two other investigators, Ashley and Trifina, and three less actives.
We are continuing to work with less actives, and we are finding more and more that as we work as hard as we can, God helps us with the work we just can´t get done in the 24 hours we have each day.
Thank you for your leadership, President! You are always in our prayers!
Hurrah for Israel!
First of all...LILY! Wow! Now you are 5 years old! I´m glad you had a wonderful birthday, but I want to wish you happy birthday too! In spanish! ¡Feliz cumpleaños! This birthday is important because soon you are going to have kindergarten and you will have to be an example for other kids. Kids who don´t get to go to church, or to primary. And kids who will watch you to know how to choose the right. Now you´re a big(ger) girl and I know you can do it! Go and get ´em!
A few random things:
Is this ´Marks of a Man´ talk from President Priday´s personal experience?
Is Jason back home already? When did or will he get back?
If you hear of any cool tourist locations within 5 hours of Lima, could you send me information? We have these big P-days and we can ask permission to go somewhere special outside of mission boundaries. Pretty cool, huh?
When is daylight savings time? We don´t have it here, so when you change, we will have 2 hours difference between us. But I don´t know when that is.
Alright, last week I said I would share a little bit more about the talk Beware of Pride, because it is amazing. It is so essential to be stripped of pride in this life, so I think I´ll share a little bit every week! This week I have a testimony that we can be humble by choosing to recieve love. There are various ways to accept love, depending on how it is shown. One of these ways that God shows us love is by giving us commandments. When we choose to follow the commandments we are choosing to accept his love. When we choose to discard his commandments, we are discarding his love in order to gain personal pleasure. This is truely one of the reasons being humble is so incredibly crucial in this life, in our premortal life, and in the life to come. We can be humble by CHOOSING. Don´t forget to make a concious decision to choose.
Another scripture that I love this week is 1N22:17
Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.
What a great promise! Just make sure you´re righteous, and you´ve got it made!
Well time is short, and the work is long, but the fruit is sweet and the glory is God´s.
¡Que Dios les bendiga!
Here is a giant alfajor that we saw downtown!
[An Alfajor is a cookie with dulce de leche/caramel in it. That is bigger than any I have seen, says Brent. Multilayered, even.]
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Happy Father´s day Dad!
I have never been so grateful to have a dad that isn´t ensnared by a worldly vice. I think above all the things that I have learned on my mission, I have learned the most about the importance of the family, and furthermore the importance of the father.
This Father´s day I can´t do much more than write home, however I have a gift for you. Possibly the most important and most valuable gift I can ever give. Through my study of the scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have learned that I need to give my will to my Father in heaven. I have also learned that we are placed here on earth to learn on a small scale the principals we will need in the eternities. Through personal studying, pondering, and praying, I have learned that to fully be able to surrender my will to that of the Lord, I must first surrender my will to you, my earthly father.
This year my gift to you is my will; that as you hearken unto the will of the Father, so shall I, hearken unto your will. I may not understand why, but I understand how. I hope that now I can become an instrument in your hands, as much as a instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father: a tool to do good with more than I have in myself.
I hope this Father´s day you had a wonderful time with Family, as I know you would like. We are so blessed to have a Dad with a deeper desire to spend time with family than with friends, videogames, or sins. Thank you for all of your dedication.
Love, your son,