Hola y buenas tardes!
This week was great. We have been teaching people right when we find them. And it is a fantastic joy to spread and speak the truth!
Cool experience: Yesterday, we visited one of the less-actives that is on our list to bring back. His name is Làzaro. He used to be the Branch President before he went in-active. This is our 3rd visit with him. In our lesson, we felt the need to speak on sacrifice and also shared experiences of faith that we have had. It got to the point where the spirit just spoke to Elder Lopez and I to keep quiet. Don’t speak for a moment. After about 45 seconds of us stewing in the words of Christ and experience that we had shared, Lázaro said he was remembering all the good memories and good things about being in the church and in the gospel. The Spirit continued to say, “be still”. and as we did so, Lázaro began to cry. We continued to let the Spirit work within him. Then he said on his own, “you two are beginning to convince me to come back. I feel the need to. I feel the Spirit and I can’t deny it. I can’t fight it.” Yes! I KNOW that the Holy Ghost lives and is real and is the Spirit of God which testifies of truth and satisfies our soul. We hope to see Lázaro this coming Sunday in church. It is satisfying and pleasing to know that you did your duty as a missionary to invite the Spirit and testify of the truth. If you’ve done all the possible you could do, then its the Spirit’s job to testify and then the person’s job to use their agency for good and act on the promptings. We’ve done this a lot lately! Spoken and have felt the truth with people. More often than we would like they turn away from the promptings and don’t act. For example this week, we had some great “to-the-point” lessons with some less-actives about coming to church, and we all felt good together at the end, all hopeful, all like, “Yeah let’s go! You’re coming to church this Sunday yeah!” And we provide rides for them as well. And then the morning of (yesterday morning in particular) many simply fell apart. Even with the rides available, even after feeling the Spirit. Many denied it with the lack of action and faith. So sitting in church (we had 25 come yesterday, which is still a steady higher rate than before) a lot of people that could have and should have been there and had everything set up from them didn’t come. But I am satisfied with our work that we did all possible. As a missionary you learn SO much patience. Everything is still WONDERFUL.
There are TONS of frogs (ranas) in Argentina….everywhere. They are dumb and entertaining creatures, and always found plastered to the ground in the road. Mom, one of my favorite foods that Argentinans prepare are “tartas”. One-inch width tarts filled with usually spinach or other healthy goods. Kind of like a kiesh. You know how to make them. That’s ONE thing here that’s healthy and oh so scrumptious!
I invite YOU….ALL my friends and family, member and non-members of the church to watch the videos on “mormonchannel.org” Every video is AMAZING. Particularly “mormon messages” Watch “the hope of God’s light” “you never know” and everything else. This church contains all the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Also, I want to invite everyone, to read this talk by Richard G. Scott (one of my favorites–if it’s okay to have favorites–apostles) which was given at the last conference and to put into practice what it states. Read it, and if you aren’t already, follow every JOT AND TITTLE of it. I promise it will bless your life immensely. Every tittle (such a good word). https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/make-the-exercise-of-faith-your-first-priority?lang=eng
We have a new and exciting tool to use in Missionary Work this month starting tomorrow. It is the “He is the Gift” project for Christmas. and our mission and I believe all others are going full-throttle with it, it will be spectacular. The church, for the whole month of December has bought and reserved the fore-front spot on youtube for this project so that the whole world will watch a video on Christ and be led to His truth.
The Gospel is true and its fulness is only found in this church, this cannot be denied. The Gospel will roll forth until it has spread and touched every corner (jot and tittle) of the earth! It refines us and purifies us. It satisfies our soul. And it makes us understand and become like God.
Onward and Upward!
Elder Orme IV