Monday, January 10, 2011

These photos are of our baptisms. I can`t find mine of Anibal`s baptism, but the others are. David Robles October 23rd, Carmen Lopez November 6th, Llery Ushiñahua December 19th

January 10, 2011
Hey family,Im glad to hear that everything is going well and that Adam is awesomein basketball! Sounds like he will be one of the better players on histeam again, although he won`t have the luxury of the teams he had inUtah that were ridiculously good. Im glad that basketball isn`tleaving the family, and that everyone is getting involved with churchball and recreational ball.Im really glad that you are getting really involved in the church. Ihaven`t realized how much having a calling can be a blessing. And Iwish I had the luxury here of having really strong wards. We have apretty strong ward, but there is a major problem here with inactivity.For example, our ward directory is 7 pages long (and its one of thesmaller lists in the stake) and probably only 25 percent of thesepeople come to church. Keep striving to be a strong family in theward, and remember that we do have trials of our faith and we onlyreceive the witness, after the trial. (Ether 12:6) We have an interesting change in our mission that we didn`t havebefore. President Tyler has decided to put more emphasis on givingout Books of Mormon. We have a new key indicator (what we use for ourgoals) that is how many Books of Mormon we gave out during the week.The church always gives the mission Presidents direction that they canadd one key indicator. We have a spot in our daily planners for theindicator as well. We were given three reasons about why we need tobe giving out the Book of Mormon at every opportunity. They explainedthat the book needs to be to all the world, this is the time to bedoing the work, and that the Book of Mormon should be in everyhousehold. You could kind of say we want to flood Perú with the Bookof Mormon. This is something that I personally have wanted all of mylife. For me if every household has a Book of Mormon than there is agreater chance they will read it. Even if they don`t when it is givento them, I personally don`t know anyone who would throw away a freebook. And when it is in their home, the Holy Ghost can work on themso that in a free moment they will decide to start reading and theycan gain their own testimony. We also talked about how the Book ofMormon convinces people that Jesus is the Christ the very son of God.And we discussed why it says convinces and doesn`t say converts. Wedecided because it is the Holy Ghost that converts. And I saidsomething that is definitely quote worthy, (which was weird), and Iknow it wasn`t me, because it shocked me when I said it. I said "ElLibro de Mormòn va a convencer, y el Espìritu Santo va a testificar."This translates to The Book of Mormon will convince and the Holy Ghostwill testify. We have to work through the Holy Ghost as missionaries. This week we worked a ton. We taught 20 lessons to investigators and4 to inactives and recent converts during the week. It was a littlehard because after all this work only 2 investigators came to church,and one of them wasn`t even someone we invited. For me this is one ofmy trials of faith. We commited 15 people to come to church this weekand 1 of the 15 came. This was a little hard for me, but I know thatwith more faith and work, more of them will come in the future. This week we had another one-day transfer so that Elder Kasat couldsee the work of Elder Echeverria and Elder Mitchell, so I was withElder Mitchell again in our sector. Elder Mitchell is becoming one ofmy best friends, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to workwith him for the rest of my misison, (We will finish at the sametime). He actually said that I need to convince you to come pick meup and we can go to lunch or something with his family. (Food for thethought no?) We also had some AWESOME news on Sunday. Remember David Robles? Hegot baptized on October 23rd. Well now he`s the 2nd counselor in theBishopric. Needless to say, he is one of the coolest people in theworld. His faith is incredible and he is always trying to betterhimself and better his family. He has a testimony that is incredible,and he is always telling us how bad he feels when he doesn`t take thetime during the day to read the scriptures. Isn`t that an attitude weshould all have? We should be reading out of the Book of Mormon everyday and learning from the other books in the standard works as well.We can learn something every time we read if we learn with the spirit.Sunday we also learned how fasting helps us control our passions andour apetites. One member pointed out that fasting helps us learn howto say "no". This week few of our investigators progressed. Lourdes still has herbaptism date on the 22nd, but we need to get her to church again. Shehas been sick and has had problems with her legs, but she is alwaystrying to come and help. My scripture of the week is Doctrine and Covenants 107. In thissection there are 8 verses that say specifically that people will beblessed if they are faithful. We need to strive to be faithful.107:79 also talks about the importance of Diligence and Humility. I know that the church is true and that fasting works, and that if westrive to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can have the blessingsof heaven. Through the scriptures and prayer we can find Christ, andhe will guide us in our lives. I love you all and hope that your goals for the year 2011 will be a success. Tyler

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