Hola Familiaaaaaaaaaa (: Come le va eh??
This week was a rough one but those are always the best (: I learned a lot this week and feel like me and my companion have grown closer together and have both learned a lot from eachother. Almost everyone started school again.. they just ended their summer break or vacation and now everyone will be back to school and back to work which will make things a little more dificult for us but hey all we can do is keep working(: We had one rain storm this week that lasted about 10 minutes.... now everyone is saying that the huge rain storms arent ever going to happen which will be the first year in.. forever that it hasnt rained.... i still have hope that theyll come though.. i need to wear my new boots at least once!!!
This week we got to meet again with Gabriella, their house is seriously my favorite.. its straight out of a magazine.. which is funny because looking at it from the outside it looks like a normal peruvain house. Her husband is a plastic surgeon and makes good money, but at the same time they are so humble. He was a member but is working on coming back, she pretty much knows all about the church from him. They were in Argentina the past two weeks and so we had been waiting to meet with them, when we did she asked us when she could be baptized.. we told her that was up to her and she said saturday.. so were planning her baptism for this weekend! The thing that i love most about her is that she litterally has everything she could want.. but at the same time is willing to sacrifice whatever she needs to to follow our savior and do what is right. She said "i need to know everything that i need to do to complete the promise that im going to make with my heavenly father.. what i need to quit doing, what i need to start doing.. tell me everything." she amazes me! I wondered.. how many of us. being members for years have that desire to sacrifice everything and to do everything we need to to follow what our Father in Heaven wants for us. Sunday in Gospel principles was the lesson on sacrifice.. perfect(: heres some parts that i love....
Sacrifice means giving to the Lord whatever He requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further His work. The Lord commanded, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (). Our willingness to sacrifice is an indication of our devotion to God. People have always been tried and tested to see if they will put the things of God first in their lives.
Even though sacrifice by the shedding of blood was ended, the Lord still asks us to sacrifice. But now He requires a different kind of offering. He said: “Ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood, … and your burnt offerings shall be done away. … And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit” (). A “broken heart and a contrite spirit” means that we offer deep sorrow for our sins as we humble ourselves and repent of them.
Only through sacrifice can we become worthy to live in the presence of God. Only through sacrifice can we enjoy eternal life. Many who have lived before us have sacrificed all they had. We must be willing to do the same if we would earn the rich reward they enjoy.
As our testimonies of the gospel grow, we become able to make greater sacrifices to the Lord. Note the sacrifices made in these true examples:A member of the Church in Germany saved his tithing for years until someone with priesthood authority could come and accept it.A Relief Society visiting teacher served for 30 years without missing an assignment.A group of Saints in South Africa rode for three days, standing up, to be able to hear and see the prophet of the Lord.At an area conference in Mexico, members of the Church slept on the ground and fasted during the days of the conference. They had used all their money just to get to the conference and had nothing left for food and shelter.One family sold their car to get the money they wanted to contribute to a temple building fund.Another family sold their home to get money to go to the temple.Many faithful Latter-day Saints have very little to live on, yet they pay their tithes and offerings.One brother sacrificed his job because he refused to work on Sunday.In one branch, the youth gave freely and willingly of their time to care for the young children while their parents helped build the meetinghouse.Young men and women give up or postpone good job opportunities, education, or sports to serve as missionaries.Many more examples could be given of those who sacrifice for the Lord. Yet a place in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom is worth any sacrifice we have to make of our time, talents, energy, money, and lives. Through sacrifice we can obtain a knowledge from the Lord that we are acceptable to Him (see ).
I love the part that talks about how we need to sacrifice not only our possessions but our time... talents.. energy.. and ultimately our lives. Truly the only way to show our love and our gratitude for our Savior and for HIS sacrifice is to sacrifice all that we have.. we may need to sacrifice time to show others our love for them.. we may need to sacrifice our wants or desires in order to be obedient.. we may need to sacrifice our energy or money or time to help build up the kingdom of Zion.. more than anything we have to be willing to sacrifice our will for the will of the Lord. I know that if we do these things we will be blessed and that we will be so much happier. I love this work and i know that the sacrifice that im making and that all the missionaries around the world are also making, to leave our families and friends and everything behind and dedicate everything we have.. every minute, every thought, every ounce of energy to the work of salvation.. to help other people and families come to the knowledge of this amazing gospel and all the happiness it brings.. is the best sacrifice we could be making at this time in our lives. I love being a missionary.. and i love working side by side with the Lord in order to help his children grow closer to him. I know that this church is true.(:
I hope that each of you can think about a sacrifice that you could make in order to aline your will with the will of the father even more. i love you all and hope you have the best week ever!!
CUIDENSE Y RECUERDE QUE TIENE UNA AMIGA EN PERU QUE LES AMA(:
Hermana Weller (: