"O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh ... Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh, ... therefore I will lift up my voice to thee ... my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen." (2 Nephi 4: 34-35)

Monday, April 4, 2016

March 28, 2015

Hey everybody!

I gotta say the days fly by on the mission! Every second of the day there is always something for you to be doing, or someone for you to be helping.

This week as in the past week my companion and I have been blessed to see the progress of so many investigators, and less active members. Watching the difference that the gospel has in the lifes of those with whom we are working is the sweetest thing. There is a less active member that we have been visiting for about a month now, who wants to baptize her son but wasn´t coming to church. But these last two weeks she came to church and absolutely loved it. The best part was that nearly the entire ward knew her and went up to her to welcome her. Now that she has been these two weeks she has also started to get a little bit of the missionary fire in her. Because it has made her feel so happy again she invited her father who is also a less active member to come this next week and even gave a Book of Mormon to her boyfriend! It is so incredible to see the change that the joy of the Gospel can have in us.

Another investigator of ours Marcos has promised that he will get married with his wife so that he can be baptized as soon as possible. Usually marriage is one of the biggest things that impedes a couple from being baptized, but when we told Marcos about this commandment he gladly accepted! Marcos is a close friend of the second counselor in the stake presidency and has always been a little bit interested in the church but wasn´t until recently that he really wanted to learn what it takes to be a ``mormon``. In fact just the other day at church he leaned over to me and whispered, ``is it okay if I tell people that I am a mormon??`` I laughed a little bit and said ``oh, yeah, tell EVERYBODY that you are Mormon!``

In this area I feel that me and my companions have been so incredible blessed by the hand of the Lord. And I know that these blessings are coming because of our obedience to the commandments. In D&C it says the following,  ``I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.`` As we obey the lords commandments he is bound to bless us, and I can tell you that this is so true.

As I said my companions and I have been striving to be as obediente as we can. And these week Elder Ontiveros and I made some more goals on how we could be even a little bit more obedient and with our goals asked the Lord in prayer that he would bless us in our work to have more success. So after a long week of work I truly felt that we had done our best but unfortunately didn´t have as much success as I was hoping for. As we were waiting out in front of the church for all of the members and investigators to arrive, a man showed up that I half recognized. He asked us if the Church was having its meetings right now and wanted to participate. We gladly escorted him to the sacrament meeting and helped to sit with a member,(who he actually happened to know). His name is william and it turns out that me and my old companion Elder Rojas had taught him a few times but stopped visiting him because we could never find him at home. At church William told us that now he wanted to start frequenting our church! 

I know that this was a direct blessing from mine and my companion's efforts to be more obedient to the Lord. 

I love you all and want you all to know that as we strive to be more and more obedient we will recieve blessings from our Heavenly Father. Trust in him and not yourselves.

Have a great week!

Elder Rice