Monday, March 10, 2014

A Birthday is just another day in the life of a Missionary.

Well, another year bites the dust. It is super weird. Yup, the calendar says March 6th, my watch too, but that still didn't make it feel like my birthday. But the important thing isn't to celebrate a birthday, it is to preach the gospel, so that is what I did. And we got 5 new investigators! So that was a pretty good birthday present. they are the familia Gz and they were references. We are going to have to work with them a lot. They have a sincere interest in growing closer to God, but they are going to be tough to convince (their words, not mine). But luckily we don't have to convince them. We had a good lesson in the home of the member family who gave us the reference so they felt the spirit. But if they are dead set on keeping their hearts closed then there isn't much we can do. But when we show them our love for them and when they feel the love of our Father for them, they will realize the truthfulness. I hope.
This week was good! We have had lessons with the family C almost every day to prepare them for baptism. They are coming along just great! They really are excited to change their lives and to see all of the blessings of the gospel. Heck, they have already started to see the blessings. They had been looking for jobs for a while and within this week, they found good jobs, which give them Sundays off, which is rare in Monterrey. And the little boy loves to show us his test scores because since we told him to pray for help, his scores have been in the 90s while as before they were in the 60s. We gave them the lesson on the Word of Wisdom, which we thought would be tough because the grandma really likes coffee. When we gave the lesson, she told us that she had actually been reading something that said that coffee is bad for your body so everything that we were talking about made complete sense. They are just waiting to get into those waters of baptism!! It is just too bad that transfers are next week. 
This week in Gospel Principals we talked about prayer. How are our prayers answered? In what way do we receive answers? Is it by an angel, a pillar of light, or an unembodied voice telling us what we must do? It is possible, but not likely. Most times it is by thoughts that pop up in our mind and our feelings, reading in the scriptures, or by someone else. Many people have a hard time receiving answers to prayers because they don't know how to recognize their answers. Galatians 5:22-23 says that "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" When we are asking something, we need to pay attention to our feelings after. Any one of these can be the Spirit testifying of the answer. Or the opposite can happen. "You shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong" (D&C 9:9) Our answers might come through the scriptures. We may be reading the same pasage that we have read many and many times over, but something new might jump of the page (or screen in our digital age) that we had never noticed before. Whether it is just a word or a whole verse, the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, were written for us, for our time, and for our help. Our answers may come through others. God often sends His administering angels to our aid, but those administering angels often take the form of regular human beings. One of the greatest feelings there is to know that through you, God has worked miracles and that through you another’s prayers have been answered. We all know of someone that has had a huge impact on our lives, whether through a kind word in a rough time, or a great act of service that was heaven-sent. These people are people, but don't doubt that they, knowingly or not, were on an errand from above. God knows us, He knows our desires, and He knows how to help us. "He will take upon Him their infirmities, that

His bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that He may know according to the flesh how to succor His people according to their infirmities." (Alma 7:12) We are never, nor will we ever be, alone in this life. Trust in our Savior because He has trusted in you. He has invested more than you will ever know in you. Don't ever look down, look up. I hope you all have a fantastic week! Lots of love from México!!

-Élder Morris

A Birthday gift. Very talented!

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