Friday, April 8, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011 — Promptings

¡Les quiero tanto! Gracias por todo lo que hacen. Gracias por escribirme cada semana y por mandar cartas por correo. [I love you so much! Thanks for all you do. Thanks for writing each week and sending letters by mail.]

My second Sunday here in Gomez Carreño was wonderful.  I love Sundays.  What a blessing it is to attend church and renew our covenants by taking the sacrament.  . . . I play the piano during sacrament meeting. I am so happy that I am able to put to use the talent that God gave me. 

Yesterday we had one investigator attend church.  Sadly our one investigator with a baptismal date did not come.  However, the investigator who came is pretty amazing.  We have not yet taught Elsa (the investigator) this transfer.  She was taught once by the missionaries last transfer, but since then she has been progressing on her own, with help from her [Church] member friend.  She has been reading the Book of Mormon and praying on her own.  Right now she has read up to 3rd Nephi!  The Lord really has prepared people for us to find.  However, it was Elsa´s friend who planted the seed.

We have been working a lot with the members this week.  We have been passing by their houses to do an activity with them.  At the end of the lesson, we give them a Book of Mormon so that they can write their testimony and gave away the book to a friend.  The Book of Mormon is incredible and has the power to change the lives of all those who read it.  I encourage you to do the same thing that we are doing with the members—take a book, write your testimony and give it to a friend.  Plant the seed and watch how the tree grows!

This last week I have been focusing on learning to listen, feel, and understand [the] promptings [of the Holy Ghost].  As members and missionaries it is important to have the guidance of the Holy Ghost.  Through his promptings we learn what the Father wants us to do, where we should or should not be, what we should say, etc.  Here are a few of the experiences that I have had that relate to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

This Wednesday we were walking in the street and I felt a strong impression to talk to a young woman who was walking with her baby in a stroller.  She was extremely receptive and accepted a Book of Mormon and a teaching appointment on Friday.  During the lesson, she was very attentive and very receptive.  When we extended her the baptismal commitment, she said that she needed to read the chapter that we left her, ponder the message in her heart, and ask God if it is true. As the introduction of the Book of Mormon says, those who do this will gain, through the Holy Ghost, a testimony that these things are true.  We have an appointment with her tonight.

Last night I had a similar experience.  We were working in one part of our area but I felt a prompting that we should go visit the Acuña family.  We crossed our area and arrived at their house, where Hermana Acuña was waiting outside for us.  She told us that she had been praying that we would come to give her a blessing.  The Lord answers prayers and has given us the gift of the Holy Ghost to help us know the answers.

Thank you for your support. . . . I love my mission!

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