Cameron began his service March 15, 2010 to Rio de Janeiro Mission.
Marissa began her service July 20, 2011 to Barcelona Spain Mission. Craig began his service December 28, 2011 to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Ryan began his service October 23, 2013 to Lima Perú North.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mi querido familia,
I think I've officially hit half
of my potential as a missionary. I'm at a point where I could relax now
and just surf through the rest of the mission because I have enough
training to carry me through. Or I could get EVEN BETTER! :D Many missionary s hit a certain point where they're comfortable and just stop
trying. That's the biggest mistake any missionary can make; to get
complacent. I'm no complacent. I was chosen in the furnace of
affliction and refined in moments of temptation. Marissa is right,
momentum builds with consistency, so I'm going to consistently get better until being the best is yesterdays option.
I say that? I don't know. Ever since I was called to be a leader and
move mountains, I feel like I'm carrying mount Everest and have dropped
it several times. But faith can move mountains. I learned a lot about
faith this week. Elder Forward changed my life when he gave an example
of faith during a lesson. I put a pencil on your desk. Now I want you
to move that pencil with your faith. MOVE IT! BELIEVE!!! AHHHHHHH!
....Why didn't the pencil move? Oh wait, you mean I have to move my
hand and pick it up?? Is that still faith? Yes. Boom. Mind blown.
Many times we think faith is something you imagine or some magical
force that works miracles. It is magical, but not so much like that.
As Joseph Smith said, ""Faith is the moving cause of all action." -Joseph Smith. Your
faith is what causes you to do anything. Eat, drink, sleep, talk, get a
job, save a life, move mountains, etc. So if you just do something,
just simply DO it, you've exercised your faith. Thus our physical bodies
and spiritual bodies are more connected than we know. Really, the body
would be dead without the Spirit. Faith is a spiritual force that
causes any living thing to do anything. And we reap what we sow. And
knowing that what we choose brings the reward, what kind of things do
you put your faith in? Does your faith consist of just watching TV,
playing video games, sleeping, working, or doing whatever you want? Or
do you test your faith and move mountains? Do you take time to love
others, work hard, clean the house, go the extra mile, get better, go to
church, take time in the day to do something for God? Where is your
faith? As Christ taught, "By their fruits ye shall know them." Your
fruits are shown in your daily achievements and life accomplishments.
What are your fruits? Do you have any fruits? If not, plant the seed,
water your faith, and start now. And in the end you'll have a beautiful
fruity tree of fruits and fruitiness. Start now.
I'm out of time, but I give a shout out to my investigators michel (its a guys name lol) and stefani who will be baptized this Saturday.
I love them more than anything in the world and Michel is my best
friend here in Peru. They're ready to change their lives and live life
peaceful and happy with their family and keeping the commandments till
the end of their lives in the celestial kingdom.