I have the spanish-english song about the zoo stuck in my head [click here to hear it and get it stuck in your head, too :) The second song in the video is the 'volar' song he liked as a kid.], the one from the tape with ´volar´ that I liked. Also recently I have had stuck in my head that song...you´ve gotta work that brain-figure it out! There´s no need to scream or shout, you´ve gotta shake that thing you´ve got upstairs you´ve gotta use that thing that´s under your hair. [click here to hear it] jaja good times on road trips and driving home from soccer games...
Anyway, this week is going to be a little fast, we´re always dealing with getting our time cut short for different things that happen in the zone. As I get better with managing my time, in general and on the computer, the Lord sends me more trials to deal with.
Todo está bien aquí en Precursores!
This week has been really great for us! We have 7 on date, which is a record for me, and 8 progressing! To keep you informed on Rodrigo, I want to share with you what happened this Sunday:
After going to church with us and learning all about the Plan of Salvacion from premortal life to physical death, Rodrigo left the chapel and decided to go with his friend to her ward in the afternoon. There, he learned all about the Plan of Salvacion from Physical death to the kingdoms of glory! After our lesson with his grandmother, mother, and he, Rodrigo expressed to my companion the following:
¨No siento que el dia 19 me debo bautizar. Quiero saber si puedo cambiar el dia.¨[I don't feel that I should be baptized on the 19th. I'd like to know if I can change the date.]
My companion responded positively, but obviouly concerned, to which Rodrigo responded:
¨¿Podría ser el dia 12? [Could it be the 12th?]
After talking about his schedule, he is planning on performing the ordinance that will seal the covenant he has made in his heart on Sunday the 13th, at 1:00, after the Sunday meetings. We might see attendance similar to that of general conference-he makes friends so easily with the members. We love him and are working our best to keep his family excited to learn more and follow his example when they too have made such a covenant in their hearts to follow the example of Christ.
So far, Elder Castro and I have improved greatly in our punctuality, and we are excited to see the blessings flow.
We´re super excited to learn in our leadership training meeting tomorrow!
I wrote a ton to President Borg today, I don´t have a whole lot to write. Things about mission things, so to not bore the audience, I have omitted it.
I´m sorry I didn´t share my testimony last week in my email! Time flew so fast I didn´t have time! And now my time is almost up, so I´ve got to testify:
Sé que la energía y el poder de amor es directamente relacionado con la fe. Al asociarnos con amor divino, seremos renovados, motivados, elevados, y purificados para ser mas como nuestro todo amoroso padre Celestial. El Libro de Mormón supera toda origino humano, y al ayudar a las personas a leerlo, les invitamos a venir a Cristo y al leerlo invitan un poder divino en sus vidas. A pesar de la carga que sea nuestra, podemos cambiarlo para un yugo ligera y fácil- la cruz que se nos dará por Cristo Jesús. Así hallaremos descanso en este mundo infiltrado con error y tinieblas. Dios mostró a José Smith las planchas 3 anos antes de dárselas para traducir. Dios no da mandamientos sin prepararnos la vía de cumplir. Esta vida es un tiempo para prepararnos para aparecer ante Dios. Dios es un Dios de preparación, lo sé. La fe es el primer principio del universo. Es el base de toda energía y acción. Por la fe andamos ahora pero en el futuro, no solo andaremos. Sé que la debilidad del ser mortal es la diligencia y por eso tenemos necesidad de enfocarnos. Al enfocar y crear hábitos, progresamos en una purificación que nos guía al salvador del mundo.
[I know that love's energy and power is directly related to faith. As we utilize divine love, we become renewed, motivated, elevated, and purified to be more like our all loving Heavenly Father. The Book of Mormon surpasses all things of human origin, and by helping people read it, we invite them to come unto Christ and upon reading the book, they are inviting a divine power into their lives. Although the load is ours to carry, we can change it for a yoke that is light and easy -- the cross that Jesus Christ gives us. That is how we will find rest in this world infiltrated by wickedness and darkness. God showed Joseph Smith the plates three years before He gave them to him to translate. God does not give us commandments without preparing a way for us to achieve them. This life is the time for us to prepare to appear before God. God is a God of preparation, I know. Faith is the first principle of the universe. It is the basis of all energy and action. By faith we walk now but in the future we will not only walk. I know that the weakness of the mortal being is diligence; therefore we must stay focused. By focusing and creating good habits, we will progress in a purification guided by the Savior of the world.]
I just want to share with you one thing I fasted for this past week: the abilty to magnify not only my calling, but help others to be magnified by their callings, and in turn, to do the same.
- Joshua 3:7 -- And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
- 2 Chronicles 1:1-- And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
- D&C 41:1 -- Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings.
- D&C 76:5 -- For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.
Love Elder Hicken