Dear Family and Friends,
This has week has been great! I am coming to love my new area more and more as the days go by and I am thankful for this opportunity to learn new things and to serve all that I can here. It is always a joy to share the gospel with others and to help them feel of the peace that comes through the gospel and our Savior. It is always neat to share with investigators the personal ministry of Christ among the ancient inhabitants of the Americas.
I love the scriptures found in 3 Nephi 11:9-11,14: And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning. Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
We, in a similar way, can come to know Christ personally as we read and ponder the scriptures. We will come to know that Jesus is the Christ. We will come to feel of His peace and the light of His Atonement. I know that He is real and that His love is infinite. It is such a blessing as we partake of the sacrament each week that we are able to have His spirit to be with us always. How blessed we are to remember the infinite and eternal sacrifice of our Savior.
Elder Markman and I had a great week teaching the Nassari family. They have been progressing pretty well! This week we talked about the strength and peace that receive from the Savior as we pass through challenges and trials. We have been seeing a light come into their lives and it is amazing seeing Salvadors interest in the Book of Mormon and in seeing how it is strengthening his faith in the Savior. Silvi is doing well also and they are very interested in going to church and investigating more into what our worship services are. It will be exciting to see our ward mission leader fellowship them so that they can feel comfortable and continue learning more.
It has been a blessing as well to start riding bikes. It has opened up a lot of new ways for us to find and teach others the gospel. There are a lot of really great people here in Texas who have strong Christian beliefs. The gospel and its fulness will complete the Faiths of many here in Texas as they embrace it and keep the commitments that we extend. We had a great lesson with Bro. Pritter this past week and we talked about the blessings that we receive as we go to church and keep the Sabbath day holy. Being able to go to church helps us receive added revelation and the strength and rest to carry on the duties that we have the following week. It is amazing to know that the Lord has given us the Sabbath for our benefit to draw closer to Him and to strengthen our love for the gospel.
On Saturday we were able to have an open house for our new church building in the Ward. It was a great experience being able to meet people who were invited by the members to come and learn more about our beliefs. It was a great turn out seeing how many people were interested and wanted to learn more. As I was there, the spirit was very strong and I felt of the truthfulness of the gospel and how blessed we truly are to have its knowledge in our lives. We have so much peace as we know that the gospel has been restored in its fulness once again upon the earth.
Today we got our new mission President, President Polley. We are very excited to see how the work will progress and for the counsel that we will receive from him. He is from Arizona and is retired from the FBI. Interviews will be pretty fun! It will be exciting to see the mission come together as we see the hand of the Lord in his work. I know that we will see miracles as we are diligent and faithful. The promises of the lord are always fulfilled as we do our part and live the gospel.
Thank you for all of the support. It is such an amazing blessing to have family and friends who live and embrace the gospel. Hope you all have a great summer!