If anyone is feeling sad, stop. Forget about yourself. The only times we really are sad are when we're thinking about ourselves.
When we focus on others, that's when happiness comes. Everything is a choice. Literally. Everything.

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Compañero!

Buenos Dias a todos! Gracias por sus cartas y todo, espero que puedo expresar mis sentimientos claramente....
Hahaha well I don't think I'm going to type my whole letter to everyone in Spanish, I don't think I even know enough to do that yet...but maybe one day;)

This has been a super crazy week. We didn't end up knowing transfers until about 10:00 at night, and then it was just crazy after that. Our new ZL is a guy that's only been out for about 14 months and he was born in Los Ebanos like me, so he knows a lot of new people I haven't met yet, and I'm super excited to go on an exchange with him:) also, I have a new companion!! He's pretty cool, his name is Elder Lindsay, he's a boss at basketball just like my last comp was, but he's only 6 months out so he's pretty young in the mission, and he's helping get the area organized a lot.

This week we baptized Bryan Martinez, and he's one of these three kids we've been working with for a while. There's Pablo who's 16, Bryan who's 13, and Dana who's 10, and the other two said they wanted to wait for different reasons, but Bryan was super excited and said he wanted to get baptized this Friday, so he was baptized on Friday, even though he has a broken arm! Super cool kid.

Other than that, it's pretty much been a week full of getting to know members and going hard on organization. I did want to extend a challenge to anyone who can and is willing to do it, it's a hefty one. So personal revelation is what our church is based upon. For anyone to know the church is true, they need to find out for themselves through revelation from God, and missionaries are out here to help people receive that revelation and confirmation that they need. There's a lot of things we can do to receive revelation, and you can read books about revelation for days if you want to, but that's not the challenge. 

The challenge is simply this: start with a prayer to repent and invite the spirit, read a chapter from the Book of Mormon,(some I recommend are Alma 5, Alma 7, 2 Nephi 31 or 32, Mosiah 2, 3 Nephi 11, 18, 27, Ether 12, or Moroni 6 or 7) or a few if you'd like, then read Moroni's promise about the Spirit in Moroni 10:3-5. After that, ponder for a little bit, and then get on your knees and say another prayer, asking a question you may have about life, or the church or anything. If you can't think of anything specific, reconfirmation of the Book of Mormon is always something that we are all in need of. After you end, you can either ponder some more or read another chapter or verse. You may not get your answer right away, or maybe you will, but I promise that if you do all these things having faith in the Lord to receive an answer, you will get what you need:)

That's basically it for this week, I hope you all have a wonderful week!:)

Elder Packer

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