Monday, November 24, 2014

Sacrament = Access to His Sacrifice.....11-24-14

2 0..... Two numbers together that I didn't think would ever come! Crazy. Thanks for the Birthday wishes.... My comp made brownies last night for me, delicious! And we are heading to a home for lunch today which will be very good... then dinner tonight with a bunch of members.  

But this week honestly flew by! I couldn't believe that I was already writing again and I had to start thinking about what I could share because the experiences are starting to get jumbled together and I don't want to share the same ones haha- boring. But we were able to see some great progress in the 2 converts here in Delta that has been a huge blessing to me. Gladys has now been baptized for 2.5 months and has been looking for work. She decided to fast back at the beginning of the month and a couple days later got work! It then turned out that she was going to be working on Sundays. She went forward with it and a week ago worked on Sunday. It was a hard to see it and we were praying like crazy that she would find a way to be able to come to church on Sundays. We went to her house during the week and we received quite the surprise. The first thing she told us was that she already quit her job! She said that she didn't feel good working on Sunday and wants to be able to go to church- she feels that it is part of her. I know that the promise in D&C 59: 9-10 is true. We are forgiven of our sins and through taking of the sacrament we are able to be found spotless. I'm so grateful for the sacrament and how it gives us access to the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is an Ordenance that is needed Every week. She had a great personal experience which is how we all grow in the Gospel. She is now looking forward to go to the Temple here in December!

And Mathias is doing awesome! He has set the goal to go out on the mission in a year!! He wants to study Preach My Gospel with us and learn how to teach the lessons. He was called as the 1st counselor in the YM's presidency Sunday as well. He also taught me a great lesson with the Sacrament. While I was helping him prepare the Sacrament for the first time the Mantle for the Sacrament table wasn't put away very well from the meeting prior to us and had a lot of wrinkles- He took it home after church to iron it. He understands the importance and I was able to learn from him. 

Examples can be given from everyone! I know that this Church is true, because it isthe church that gives us the chance to LIVE the Gospel and help grow and progress towards our Heavenly Father. The Lord Prepares us and wants to see us change. I learned that from Acts 9 and the story of Saul this week. Love you all and hope you have a great week and enjoy the Turkey Bird Thursday!! :D
                ELDER Devashrayee

Monday, November 17, 2014

Change is a GOOD thing....... 11-17-14

Hey hey hey! What a week here in Delta- actually better said what a week in the Lord's Work!! So this past Wednesday we went to a Priesthood Leadership meeting with Elder Christensen from the Presidency of the 70. All leaders in the Priesthood from the Montevideo area were invited. It was a great experience and it was cool to see how the Lord sends his servants to lead and inspire the rest of us in His work. The Branch President here said he felt some things really strongly and more changes are going to be coming :) Just love that part! Change is the purpose of the Church and the Gospel. If we don't change and take advantage of these resources our Heavenly Father has given us we won't be able to get into His Kingdom. That has been on my mind a lot lately. 

Thursday we then had a 2 mission combined conference with Elder Christensen and his Wife. The big focus for us was the truthfulness of Light in regards to the Light that our Heavenly Father gives us. Then Sister Christensen gave 3 scriptures to study. D&C 93: 38-40, Mosiah 3:19 and 2 Nephi 2: 25-27. I know that we all have light within us from Christ and we can continue growing in the Light as we learn to follow the Spirit and apply the Infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ in our Life. It made me think about what Christ tells us to be in Matthew 5. We need to be a light to the rest of the world. That light can truly be seen!

I was personally able to experience that with a cool experience. Her name is Marlene. She was a contact that we had made some 3 months ago and it just never worked out to find her, until this past Saturday. She was there and let us in! She told us that she used to go to an Evangelical Church but had strayed away. She believes in God and wants to be in His path. During the lesson her cousin also came and was interested as well. She then went on to tell us that she had never let anyone into her house to teach her before. She had always talked to the carriers of the Word, but outside on her patio. She said that she felt something different and could feel it when we got there. I know that the Lord prepares hearts and the Spirit is what touches the people's heart. That Light is REAL. 

The other cool part about this week was the excitement that Matias Rios has had since his baptism! He has been nothing but smiles and wants to do everything he can to help in the work, activities, and visit those that didn't go to church! He also received the Aaronic Priesthood and is a Priest! He is going to be a big fire here in Delta :) 

I'm so grateful for the countless blessings I am receiving. I know that my Heavenly Father lives and that Christ is my Savior- The Savior of this World. All the hard times and struggles are basically nothing in comparison to the happiness that knowing those two things He has given me. I love this work and the chance I have on the mission to grow and change. Have a great week and enjoy the cold weather- haha its the opposite here!!
                            ELDER Devashrayee
My District!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Blessings, Pure Happiness and Joy...... 11-10-14

What a week! Time just keeps slipping by and I'm enjoying what I have been able to learn. The Lord is blessing Delta more than I can believe and the growth it is going to see in the future just makes me appreciate it all.

So lets start off with the HEAVY hitter first! Mathias' Baptism was a complete success and he is so happy- with true happiness. Thursday he had the interview with another Elder and the Elder left marveled haha. He couldn't believe how prepared and ready he was to be baptized. He said that with every question Mathias would just testify of the truth and the changes he has made in his life. His excitement is contagious. Then Saturday we had the baptism :). His Dad and Grandma came who have never gone to any church and in reality never have wanted to step foot into one. The peace that was felt when Mathias came out of the water smiling from ear to ear was a testimony builder for everyone. His pure happiness and joy as he hugged Hermano Velazquez, who baptized him, was unforgettable.  

Baptism is the beginning and the Lord forgives, I know it. His Dad and Grandma said after that they felt so good there and were so excited for the path that their son/grandson is taking. The dad even came Sunday to the Sacrament meeting to see the Confirmation! It was a great day for him to come because I personally think that it was the best church reunion I have had here in Delta. The Spirit of unity and peace was present and notable by everyone. I left that meeting just excited as can be for the blessings that have already started to appear. 

Friday night we were invited to a Family Home Evening with the whole family of President Smith. The 3 zones in the Montevideo area went and we each brought an investigator or less active with us. We took Luis and Paula who have been showing real interest in progressing. It was great though because the focus was on the Eternal family and with all of Presidents 8 kids, 5 of them with spouses, it really helped everyone see the blessing of the Gospel on the Family. 

Then on a personal note I grew in my testimony of the scriptures. I know that they are the Word of God and have answers inside for us. Repeatedly I have received answers and strength from them. I needed that strength and the Scriptures were the way that the Lord gave me it. I'm so grateful to have them in my life and the importance they play in God's plan- If you want to know the Plan you need to read the instructions! I know that the scriptures give us that direction and knowledge we need. Read D&C 98. I love you all and I'm so grateful for your prayers and support. I have really felt them and I know that I need them! Keep the Lord close and I know he will answer every single one of our prayers.
                    ELDER Devashrayee
Had a chance to take a stroll through Montevideo. It is a different world than Delta :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

"Sail Away", Conducting Sacrament Meeting & Investigators Moving Forward..... 11-3-14

Anyone know the song that Enya sings "Sail Away"? Ya, that is what we are going to need to do here in Delta soon haha. It has rained now for a day straight and irrigation was far from thought of when this place was built... Half the place is below water and our street in front of our house is filled half way up the leg!! Today I'm writing from a tablet because all of the internet cyber cafes are closed due to flooding, so forgive me for errors and hopefully I can "one-finger type" rapidly. 

The week here was a little strange but at the same time we were led to answers to prayers and a lot of progression. The weird part for me was the trying to be counselor and missionary at the same time.  My mind has just been so missionary programmed that it was a little rough making the change. This change has been teaching me a lot though and I'm loving it! I have been able to see how the Lord works through His leaders to bless those in the Ward. 

We spent Wednesday night planning, thinking, changing ideas, new callings, and the whole direction of Delta was our focus. I was able to see how the Lord inspires and guides. We then took what we had thought of to the temple to see how we felt. Once again, I felt good and knew that we were headed in the right direction, but then the confirmation came Sunday. The Stake Primary president randomly showed up and talked to Matias, the branch's secretary, that she had been feeling that Delta needed her Stake Primary secretary here in delta. Exactly the same women who we had been thinking of and praying to see if she could be our new Relief Society President. I know that the Lord hears our prayers and works through those feelings and impressions. D&C 8: 2-3. 

Speaking of Sunday I got to conduct the sacrament meeting too... I couldn't believe how nervous I was! I couldn't speak! I enjoyed that time though being able to lead sustaining of callings and releases and move the program along- hopefully the President gives me another chance ;). 

This week with the investigators was quite the growth as well! This Saturday we have a baptism!! It is Mathias Rios,he has been gaining such a strong testimony this last month and he can't wait for his time to be baptized and enter the path! We also had a cool experience teaching that evangelical guy from nothing but the bible. He was a little surprised :)  We explained how the church is structured just like it was then and how there were prophesies about the restoration of everything. We left him to think about it. 

We also had a really good lesson with Estela. She is the only one interested in listening to us, but she told us that she feels the peace when we come and wants to listen to us. We talked about the Book of Mormon, but by the end we were talking about how she can act on those feelings by following the example of Christ and being baptized. She said she would think about it but she doesn't think her family would follow. That is when the member with us testified of how he was the first to be baptized in his family and through his example and time the rest of his family was baptized. It was a very special lesson and I know that the power of members who go out with the missionaries is what the Lord needs us to do. Call the missionaries and see when you can go out with them, talk to them about a friend or neighbor. That is how this work will move forward.  How President Monson said- members and missionaries working together. Love you all and I know that this work is true. I know that Christ lives and loves us. I know that this is His church and He has such great blessings in store for us as we show our faith and act! Have a great week!
                ELDER Devashrayee
Really enjoyed this Burger!!!!