Howdy from Texas! This has been a very great week for us in helping others come unto Christ and in strengthening the members of our area. We have been seeing a lot of miracles in the work and I am so very thankful for the evidence of our Heavenly Father's hand in our lives.
It has been amazing being able to see lives change and improve through their faith in the Savior. I would like to share a few ponderizing scriptures that deal with faith. In Ether 12:6 we read: "And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." We also read in verse 12 : "For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith." It is through our faith in the Savior that we are able to overcome trials and receive answers to needed prayers. As we extend our faith, we will be able to see miracles more abundantly in our lives. I know as we put our trust in our Heavenly Father, all trials and challenges will be overcome and we will strengthen our love for Him and His everlasting gospel.
I am so very thankful for the miracles that we have been seeing in the work. We have been able to go by Daniel Brooks for a few lessons in preparation for his baptism this next weekend. He is progressing extremely well in overcoming his habits with the word of wisdom and was able to get Sundays off to go to church! It's amazing to be able to see his faith increase and strengthen. I love being able to see people become converted to the gospel and to see the love that they have for their families and for our Heavenly Father.
Ramon has been progressing as well! He is developing a greater understanding of the gospel and in retaining the principles that we have taught. It's great being able to use object lessons to help him learn and to grow. I know the more simple that we can teach, the greater the ability for the Spirit to testify of the truths that we share. It will be truly amazing to see him in the waters of baptism this coming month.
We have been working with a few members that are preparing to enter the temple as well! We went by the Garcia family yesterday and talked about the safety and security that we have in going to church and in living the gospel. We also talked with the Lozano family about becoming active again in the church and in attending the temple regularly. They are such an amazing family with a lot of potential. I am so excited to see them progress and experience again the blessing of the temples.
Juan Cruz was able to receive the priesthood yesterday! It's was great being able to see the smile on his face and the happiness that he has about him. We are excited to be able to see him go to the temple this coming month. I am so very thankful for the eternal blessings of the temple. As we go to the temple, we can receive strength to overcome the trials, challenges, and temptations that we have in our lives. The temple truly fortifies and strengths our testimony of our Savior and his infinite atonement. I know as we visit the temple often, we will build upon our foundation which is in Christ.
I want you all to know how thankful I am for the gospel and for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves us so much. Our Heavenly Father has given us a perfect plan and wants all of us to return to live with Him again someday. I know that Joseph smith truly did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel and is given to bring us happiness and joy in these latter days. I know that the priesthood is real and is available to us to bless and strengthen the lives of others. I can't express how thankful I am for this gospel and for eternal families.
Thank you all for the emails and letters! I hope you all have an amazing week! Love you all!