Monday, November 23, 2015

The Work of Salvation

23 Noviembre 2015

This week has been FULL! We were asked to give talks in church, we had one of our investigators tell us that he wants to get baptized, we had to give one of the families that we are teaching to the elders to teach :( , we were in the clinic, and it is getting hotter and hotter here! woooo!

Something amazing happened this week! One of our investigators, Nelson, that has been coming to church for maybe a year now, told us that he wants to be baptized. We were having a lesson with him about faith, repentance and baptism (which are three steps of five ;D) where we asked him if he thinks that being baptized by the proper authority is an important step in our lives. This really made him think. When we asked him if he would be baptized, he said YES! When we were setting a date for the baptism, we started to talk about December and he asked us if he could be baptized before December! So we have a baptism this week!

This week we had the scary and nerve racking opportunity to give talks in church about missionary work. It’s so amazing that in these past years missionary work has been turning into the Work of Salvacion. You are probably thinking: “What is the difference? I thought that they were the same.” The difference is that missionary work isn’t just for missionaries anymore. Salvacion is literally to be saved from physical and spiritual death (spiritual death is the separation we have in our lives from Heavenly Father and His influence). The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made it possible so that we can be saved from physical death. We have been assigned here on earth to save others from spiritual death. Through faith in Jesus Christ and coming to know the gospel and living its principles, we can be saved from spiritual death. This means that when we bring to pass the Work of Salvation, we are literally rescuing people! Who doesn’t want to save others? There is a quote that I really love that says: “When you have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts tofeel, you can reach out and rescue others…” This is SO true! We really don’t have to do much. We just have to be looking for the opportunities to love, work, help, hear, feel, and use our talents to bless the lives of others and bring them closer to Christ.

I am so thankful for all of you! In this time of Thanksgiving (even though it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving; in Bolivia, they don’t know what Thanksgiving is) I have been thinking a lot about all of you and how grateful I am to have you as my family and friends -- supporting me along the way.

Love you all!

Hermana Mather

My compi and me!

We had pizza for a family home evening- but they make their pizza in the microwave... ;D

One of the new families that we are teaching!

Preparing our talks for church...

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