Nothing better than being "Refilled with Conference"! What a week of work and there was a special Spirit felt this past weekend about Personal Testimony and the Restoration- That is our Message to the World! Things like those exist!
So I'm going to start off with a couple of cool experiences this week that we had. Actually first off, flash back time to a month ago. We were just walking to a lesson and there was this guy painting a fence out in front of a house. We decided to stop and talk to him, and he was very respectful. He said that he has this couple living there and she was going to have her baby in a month. We told him that what we have to share can help him and his family have success as a family and be together forever. He told us his address, but we weren't ever able to find him. Now back to this past week. We passed by again and this time he was there as well as this couple. She ended up being a member that was baptized in the north of Uruguay and then moved down here about a year ago. She stopped going to church, but as we talked with her you could see the happiness she knew she used to have and was thinking about the things that she had already felt and learned. Luis (his name) told us that we can stop by another day because they were off to the Doctor because she is due the 7 of October!
Elder Abel and Elder Bulloch were then on divisions the next day and had a lesson with the couple, him and Paula! The next day we went to teach them about the Book of Mormon and he remembered clearly what had been talked about, and had prayed too. Paula had also prayed after a really long time not doing so. She prayed that the Lord could bless her and that her side would stop hurting her (it had been hurting for weeks). That next day she woke up without a pain. She knows as well as I do that the Lord answers prayers from the heart and wants to bless us! He just needs our action and faith to do it. They aren't married which is like the 5th couple that we have found that aren't married and this keeps them from entering the door of baptism! That's alright though because we are patient and they will be able to prepare well :)
The other one was the night before Conference. We went to Matias Rios house with Matias Pedreira to start a fast with him and write some questions that we would like to have answered in Conference. The Spirit was felt as we pondered on what we needed and the importance of the decisions we make. That next day Matias had every single one of his questions and doubts worked out through the Words of Living Profets and the Spirit. I felt the same way - amazed- at the way they seemed to be talking to me personally. There were some lines that I liked and I am going to quote a few of them.
¨His Mercy is the Mighty Healer¨ Packer
¨We need each and everyone of us in order to succeed.¨ Robbins
¨Lowering the Standards of God to the level of the World is Apostasy¨ Robbins
¨We cannot be saved as we are¨ Christopherson
¨God will not live our lives for us¨ Christopherson
¨Don't delay our work for a personal testimony of truth and light¨ Uchtdorf
¨Kindness is powerful, especially in a family setting¨ Oaks
¨Spiritual questions deserve Spiritual answers¨ Anderson
The Six steps of Spiritual Confidence 1. Take responsibility of your own Spirituality 2. Take responsibility of your own physical state of body 3. Embrace voluntary obedience- We can't love God if we don't love all of His Commandments 4. Become REALLY REALLY good at Repenting daily- it is a lifestyle 5. Become REALLY REALLY good at forgiving and then we will be forgiven 6. Accept trials with a smile and chance to prove ourselves. His name I have no idea something like Jong Klingbal
¨Shall not suffer- That is God's language when he means business!¨ Holland
¨We obtain a remission of sins by talking to God and we retain a remission of sins by helping the poor and needy¨ Holland
¨The greatest teaching of all should be done by righteous example¨ Perry
¨Everyone has the duty to have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ personally¨ Christenson
¨Fasting is a sign of Spiritual Maturity¨ Davies
¨Look inside your heart and ask the simple question- Is it I?¨ Uchtdorf
¨Show me counts more than tell me¨ Eyring
¨The question is with whom are we going back to live¨ Hiumila
¨It is more important to walk as he walked¨ Monson
4 steps to success as a family. 1 Prayer 2. scripture study Daily- DO IT 3. Weekly FHE 4. Attend the Temple often - Scott
¨Devoted disciples always have been and always will be missionaries¨ Bednar
Quite a few but I loved these one specifically! Love you all and I know that their words are true and we need to trust in them D&C 124: 45-46 and what they say we need to apply not just hear and move on! Romans 2: 11-13. The power of the Atonement is true and I know that it is open for everyone to participate 2nd Nephi 26: 23-28. He loves us and our Father in Heaven does too. This is their true church here on Earth that allows for us as His children to be able to prepare and return to Him. Have a great week!!
Dulce de Leche Ice Cream - ya, we were good during Conference :)