Sunday, February 8, 2015

Miracles and Surprises!

Hola mi familia y los demás jaja, 

Well this week has just been awesome!! Full of just the best miracles and crazy stories mixed with a little bit of shockers. 

So to start off I actually have 8 months left in the mission not 6 ha-ha some people are getting a little bit trunky I think. 

 But we have just the best miracles as a district we had 4 baptisms this last Sunday whoo!!!! And another one today!!! Busy busy busy lots of interviews. But it was great we have seen a lot of miracles as a district. 

 I was though getting a little stressed out though in our district we had been baptizing me and my companion and the other Elders but the sisters just seemed to be having the hardest time and couldn’t seem to get it down. And one of them finishes her mission this Wednesday it’s actually funny she was in my first district and now I am in her last. but these sisters were just suffering and suffering but they would work like animals and just show us up when it came to the numbers but with baptisms nothing and I could tell it was getting to them but I would try and animated them and help them so that they could have success and the hope and faith that they could do it. 

Well it came to the last week of changes for it to happen but they baptized but oh man was it a miracle baptism. So they found a women through knocking on door and turned out she was baptized like 4 months ago but never confirmed because she moved away unexpectedly. And when we tried to find her records of her baptism they were ever to be found so with that they received permission to baptize her again!! 

At first she was willing and excited but when it came to interview time me and my companion began to go down to do this interview but then the sisters called me and I could tell they were upset and crying (Like sister missionaries do) And I was trying to ask what happened what’s wrong and they explained to me that Hermana Concepcion is in the house but the family is lying to us and saying that she isn’t and that she left and all of this stuff pretty much in small words she was having cold feet. 

So I told them to calm down try to talk to the family ask where she is or if she can come out if she’s there and we are one our way. One thing have learned in my mission is that we are really nothing and it is and always be the lord that does everything we just have to be willing to obey. When we were headed over there I didn’t know what we should do I felt like Nephi when he entered the city to get the brass plates and that like him the (spirt of the lord guided me) So we got there they let us in to sit down and no more then than 2 minutes later Concepcion walks in, we invited her to sit down we began with a prayer and the first things that she says is "I don’t want to be baptized" The sisters looked upset but began to talk to her and figure out why not turns out it was because  of when she was baptized the first time and didn’t understand why she had to do it again the sisters reminded her why but she didn’t accept it well one of the kids in the house fell or something so she says I’ll be right back then the sisters turn to me and say you can help us now please ha-ha I said fine and when Hermana Concepcion came back I just kept getting an impression to share a scripture we shared it and I began to talk and like before I could feel the spirt begin to envelope the room and cover us like a blanket and give power to my words to the point that she began to cry and the sisters as well  afterwards there was a pause of silence and she said that she would be baptized and she was this last Sunday that was a miracle and I know it was God that did it Sunday.  

Its interesting that sister Toma is talking about conversion and also you dad. Like it says in Preach my gospel in chapter 4 it is the spirt that brings about conversion not us. We just have to create the environment to invite the spirt to be able to convert the investigator that we have but we also must be converted ourselves. The difference between conversion and just simple knowledge is where it takes place like elder M Russell Ballard once said "true conversion occurs through the spirt. When the spirt comes to the heart, the heart changes. It’s in the heart where the spirt resides!! We just have to transfer this knowledge and testimonies that we have and get it to our hearts it’s a road of about 24 inches and it takes like dad says our FAITH, REPENTANCE, and Consistent OBEDIENCE to be able to walk our own road to Damascus. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not simply a check list of things we do the 5 points right faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. No the gospel of Jesus Christ is a way of living and behaving the way we act and think we can always have more faith which gives us the power to act we must always repent every day and make convents to God every morning and at night not just in baptism and in the temple and then try to be worthy and search for the gift of the holy ghost every moment and every day and that will help us to be converted take upon us the name of Jesus Christ not on our foreheads but in our hearts and then we can endure to the end in the covenants we have made and will make. 

And I saw and have seen this type of conversion in my investigators but more in myself.  And the moment that you begin to be converted the better tool you will be for God but we have to make sure that we are always sharpening ourselves so that we are more effective every time like John the Baptist you will find yourself declaring repentance the moment you open your mouth. 

but hah well it looks like also that we have changes and the next time I’ll be I another area again who knows where but not only m e but my companion as well up that’s right they are closing our area!!! So there will only be one group of elders in all of Barcenas pretty crazy.  

But I love you all and I promise you I am going to be working harder than ever before even though I feel more tired hah 
Elder Toma

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