Howdy from Texas! This has been a very special week for us in finding many who are ready to accept and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am continuing to find many blessings both physically and spiritually in serving the lord and laboring in his work. It has been such an amazing opportunity being able to strengthen my testimony of the Gospel and of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I can't express how much joy and happiness I have received in helping others feel of our Savior's love. The Restoration of the Gospel truly shows how much our Heavenly Father loves us.
My ponderize scripture for his next week is in D&C 58:27: "Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness." I know as we use our agency to choose to bring to pass righteousness in our lives, we will see blessings and miracles come into our lives. As we put aside the temporal things for the things that will strengthen us as well as our families spiritually, we will grow closer to our Heavenly Father and feel of the light and peace that comes through our Savior and his Gospel.
This week we have been able to get a few new investigators! Through the less active project we have been doing, we found the Lopez and the Mendez families with un-baptized children. We have had an amazing time teaching Ramone from the Lopez family. He's 12 years old and loves to play video games as well. He is very intelligent in learning the Gospel and in picking up harder concepts to learn. It's always a fun time being able to do object lessons that really help him in relating to the subjects of the Gospel. We were able to set him with a baptismal date for the 13th of March! We can't wait to be able to continue going by and teaching him. We have also been teaching Sophie from the Mendez family. We have been teaching her about the plan of salvation and our purpose here in this life. We are hoping that Carlos, her brother, will be able to get active again in the church so he can baptize her!
Daniel Brooks has been progressing very well and we hope that as we continue to go by and help him with the Word of wisdom that he will be able to have the faith that he needs to overcome these things. I know as he puts forth his faith, he truly can see miracles in his life! Juan has still been progressing in learning more and preparing for the temple. It will truly be an amazing experience being able to go with him when he receives his Endowments. I can't express how much I love being able to help others find the joy in living the Gospel. The future is looking bright for those that we teach and I am so very thankful for this opportunity to be a part of this work.
Yesterday we had the opportunity to help Ramone and his mom in introducing them again at church. The spirit was very strong throughout the day in being side by side with Ramone. It was amazing being able to hear him answer most of the questions during Sunday school. He is such an intelligent young man and I am excited to continue seeing how much he grows in the gospel.
It is truly a blessing to be a part of the Lord's true church. Recently I have been studying about the Restoration and how much sacrifice both Moroni and Joseph Smith made to bring forth the Book of Mormon and the fullness of the everlasting Gospel here upon the earth. We are so blessed to have the Gospel here upon the earth and to know of our Heavenly Father's plan for each of us. I know as we continue to hold on to the rod and continue feasting upon the words of Christ, our foundation will never falter and we will be strengthened in all that we do.
I would like to invite you all to truly ponder and pray over the message of the Book of Mormon and to let its words sink deep in your hearts, as we do so we will strengthen our love for our Savior and our Heavenly Father and our families will be fortified against the temptations of the world. Our Heavenly Father has given us a way not only to experience happiness and peace in this life, but a complete and fullness of joy in the world to come.
Thank you all for the letters, emails and packages! I love being able to hear back from home. I hope you all have an amazing week! Love you!!