One thing that I have learned is how to really change to become the person that I want to be and it really is through one thing and it is through my Savior and the testimony that I have of Him. I know that it is through the experiences that I have through and with the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ in my life I will be able to learn, grow, and progress in the way that I want to but also in the way my Father in Heaven needs me to. President Monson teaches us that in these days the testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ will be the thing that saves us in these last days and I know that it is so true. If we really want to change our lives and BECOME better people, BECOME more like Christ, and GROW closer to Him we need to learn how to use the power of His atonement in our lives and build our testimony of him through the Book of Mormon and through our confidence that we have in him. I am so thankful for the help and comfort we can receive through Him in these days. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and the spirit that it brings into my day when I start my day out by studying and reading the words that contain so much love and power for us from our Heavenly Father. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week and grow closer to YOUR Savior all the day long.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
This weekend I was able to learn something very special. In alma 31 (i think, its ether 30,31 or 32) Alma talks about the joy he feels for the people he is serving and the joy he feels in the success that Heavenly Father has blessed him with. This week I was able to experience something a little like this joy I imagine Alma was talking about. Hermana Alcocer and I have been working with a family for the last five months, the dad got baptized but the mom didn't and she had been really hard to try to help. This Sunday we had a conference with some of the 70s in our area and Elder Cook and the spirit that was in this meeting was so strong. Afterwards, our zone was having a big group baptism and we invited them to come. Hermana Alcocer and I felt like we should once again invite this mom to get baptized. There was a pause and she just said okay Hermanas but I want to go first. I can not even tell you how happy my heart was to see her get baptized and to see her husband so so happy to be able to reach the goal of having their family together forever. I know the joy that I felt through the rest of my Sunday was from our Heavenly Father and that there is nothing of this world that can truly help us feel the happiness that we can feel from doing the things our Heavenly Father needs us to do. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been able to have to work with this family and watch them go from something that made life and marriage look absolutely no fun to something truly beautiful. I am so grateful for the spirit and the miracles that come and I am even more grateful to have this time to be a part of those miracles and the time that I have to feel this joy! I love you all and I hope you all get to experience a little bit of this joy of God this week.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Hola familia y amigos! como esta? porque yo estoy bien en Peru viviendo la vida de una peruana!!!! I hope that you have all had a good summer and have been living the good life! This week was good, all I can really remember is the walking but I know that things happened and blessings were recognized and that the love of our Savior has been felt. I just want to let you all know how important it is that we truly build a relationship with our Savior in our lives. Because in Helaman 5:12 it tells us how important really this relationship is for our well being in this life and for us to have the strength to endure to the end. I know that our Savior will be that person that helps us push through. I know He is the person that helps us push through and that no one else can help us like He helps us! I love Him and I am so thankful for Him in our lives. I know that the relationship that we have with him is vital and so important. In the last talk of President Monson he said that this testimony that we have of Christ and his power in our lives is that thing that is going to get us the the glory we all want after this life with our families. I know that this is true and I know that the better we come to know our Savior the better we will be in this life. I love you all and I hope that you are doing well and enjoying life and enjoying doing the right things in this life as well!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Hello everyone! Buenos tardes de Peru. Today I want to share my thoughts with you on the power of prayer and that it is really something we can do to help us change our lives. The power of prayer all works depending on our heart and our faith. If we are just praying real fast in our blankets because you forgot... you are just gong to be completing the commandment of prayer, but we should be really taking advantage of this blessing that we have to talk to our Father in Heaven and use our heart. At first it might seem silly but He really wants to hear about your day and if you don't really know what to to say just start walking in through your day, but talk from you heart and you will really have the spirit with you in your prayers. If you are speaking from your heart with your faith you will really start to change the relationship that you have with your Father in Heaven and you will be able to start growing stronger and stronger with him every night and morning. Tell him in the mornings of your plans for your day and in these moments you will find things that you are grateful for and questions and directions that you need. the more specific we are with our prayer the more specific our answers and direction will be. I know I need to keep working on it and that really it is something we all need to master. I invite all of you this week to really pay attention to your prayers and to really work on putting a little bit more heart and faith into the words you are saying and GET ON YOUR KNEES!!! The love you are going to start feeling is going to change your days little by little . I love you all so so much and I hope you all have a great week.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hello world and good afternoon or night. I am so happy to be here in Peru sharing this gospel and really learning a lot more everyday...more than I think my investigators are learning, but that is okay. Today I want to talk to all of you about the impotancia de the doctrina de cristo. This is the fe, arrepentimiento, bautismo, el done del esiritu santo,y endure to the end. with these three things we really have the guidance that we need to keep us on the path but why does it all start with faith? For me I think it starts with faith because it is our own sort of power. As we exercise our faith in prayer, studying the scriptures, and repenting we receive blessings and strength to accomplish the work. Faith and trust in our Heavenly Father will really make all of these things happen. Faith will help us grow to really know our Savior beyond the things that everyone knows about Him. It will help us grow close to Him personalmente. I know that this is true, and once we have this love we will be able to really have that contrite spirit and broken heart, the two things we need for repentance. Repenting is really feeling sorrowful and having a plan for how we are going to change our hearts and grow closer to Him. Repentance is also the journey of becoming more like our Savior and really making a permanent change in our hearts. This change is something that we need to have daily. Baptism from someone who holds the priesthood of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost will help us endure to the end. I think the reason why we talk about enduring to the end last is because we truly need the first four things to endure in the way our Heavenly Father needs us to endure this life with Him by our side. I know that the doctrina de cristo will help us stay on the path that we need to stay on but we also need to know for ourselves and have our own experiences. I know that as we start to gain more knowledge of the importancia of these things in our lives we will recognize the strength and guidance these things can be for us.
I love you all and I just want you to know that this church is true and that these are the days that we need to be heñlping in every way, finding ways to invite others to come unto Christ because the success is in the invitation and so that is what we need to do, that is why we have the blessings of this gospel in our lives.
This week was crazy and lots of things keep happening in my life that help me know without a doubt that this work is of our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for all your support and prayers and I hope that all of you guys have a fantastivce week and learn something new that will help us all grow closer to our Savior! Love you all!!!
It keeps getting more and more cold and I didn't think I was going to have coldness here in Peru but there is! This week I have had the wonderful opportunity to learn about the importance of harmony in the home with the Holy Ghost in the relationship of the mother and the father. It is really amazing what a difference it makes in our homes when there is the spirit present. I have been very blessed to always have the gospel and spirit welcomed in my home ( with having 7 siblings the spirit was a little hard to feel at times lol but it was always welcomed back quickly by my loving mother) and with this blessing I truly grew to take for granted this blessing but I can testify that this spirit does change the lives and the homes of people. If we do the things that we know we need to do our hearts and relationships will be a safe place for the spirit to dwell. With this spirit we are going to be able to receive the guidance and the direction that we need for our families and for our own lives. We will be able to recognize the hand of our Savior in our lives a little faster and have Him present in our homes. I know I am probably just singing to the choir but I just want you to all know that what you have is truly so so special and we need to make sure we cherish it. Those who don't have this spirit so much in their homes I just want you to know that it is so worth the work to have this feeling of love, safety and peace in the home. I love you all so so much and hope you are all living it up this summer time!!!! Keep praying and doing what is right!
Monday, June 26, 2017
This week has gone by crazy fast and here we are on another p-day. This week was a good one but I don't really remember what happened. I loved studying a talk from general conference from Elder Hales. It was about being disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and it talks about the importance of those Christ-like attributes that we need in this life... but not only to have them, but to have them woven into who we truly are in this life and truly strive to become what He wants for us. I remember really liking what he said about virtue, but I don't remember exactly what it was so you all have some homework!!!! Go read, listen, or watch this talk again and decide what it is you are going to change about yourself this week to slowly but surely change your heart to become a little closer to our Savior in this life and let Him change you because the joy that we will feel when we let our Savior change our hearts will be so sweet and pure! I am so thankful for the guidance of the Savior in our lives but also the words of our prophets and apostles! I know that they are men truly inspired by our Heavenly Father to teach and guide us to do those things that are going to help us be strong in these times of hardship. I love you all and can’t wait to hear your experiences of how our Savior can change our hearts!