Thursday, April 16, 2015

13 Apr 2015 - Camera Broke

Dear Family,

All is going swell in the mission right now! 

On that note, none of our investigators came to church on Sunday on the account of ''it rained'', a recent convert of ours just recently became a recent convert back to the Catholic church, I broke my camera and a dog of one of the families we're teaching used my leg for a chew toy. 

But besides that, we're doing well and I have a funny story. So the other day we were tracting in a part of our area called San Ignacio, and we saw sitting in the porch one of our x-investigators so we go over and say hi. Well not knowing before hand that she had been conversing with two Bible wizards, we ignorantly embark to the porch.  We say I, she says I, the two old men say, ''hey sit down, let us rehearse every verse of the Bible to you guys and prove to you that the Sabbath day is on Saturday.'' By this time we were trapped because we didn't want to leave but we really didn't want to get slammed for not knowing every word written in the bible like these guys. Both of them were about 70ish and had both studied the Bible for 40 years. So our plan was to not talk unless we were bearing testimony of something. It worked pretty well. After 2 hours, they gave us the daily Avantista newspaper booklet to read and study. We said goodbye and planned our route for next time to pass through the street behind the house instead of in front of it. 

This week on Wednesday - Friday I coulda sworn I had Dengai. I had almost every symptom and my comp was getting a little worried because he's had companions that I've had it and he thought I did too. But we just continued working and it wore off. 

Last night we got to accompany the Bishop in a lesson with one of the less actives and it was one of the most powerful lessons I've ever been in. We were talking about faith and how we see over and over in the scriptures that faith without works is dead. And quite literally, faith in Jesus Christ without action is not faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Him leads our hearts to trust in Him and begin to change the things that keeps us from feeling the Holy ghost.  We spoke about how now is the time to act. That not tomorrow, but today is the time that we teach our children because if you teach a child when he's young, when he's older he won't depart from it.

Estoy agradecido a ser un representante de Jesucristo por dos años de mi vida.  A veces es difícil a oír el Espíritu Santo porque hay muchas voces en la tierra pero algo que he practicado en los lecciones que tenemos es escuchando y teniendo fe en mi Salvador que yo puedo recibir las cosas que necesito por mis investigadores. Y algo que es muy importante a recordar es que estas investigadores son personas reales con problemas reales y que usted, como un misionero, tiene la verdad y el sendero por ellos a aceptar y vivir el evangelio de Jesucristo. Lo más difícil es a aceptar personalmente que este misión no es para usted mismo pero es para los personas que no tienen la verdad o sencillamente no pueden hallarlo. Como un misionero yo tengo la bendición a traer este evangelio a cualquiera persona que es dispuesto a escuchar.  También es más maravillosa a ver el cambio que ellos tienen en sus vidas también en sus corazones. Sé que José Smith fue un profeta llamado por Dios y que por medio él la plenitud del Evangelio de Jesucristo fue restauró. No fue un reforma pero un restauración porque cuando Jesucristo estableció su iglesia, fue perfecto. Un restauración fue necesario porque ninguna de las iglesias tenían el poder a actuar en el nombre de Dios ni un profeta llamado por Dios a dirigir la iglesia. Es mi testimonio que un fruto (como dice en Mateo 7) de la vida de José Smith o una manera que podemos ver la veracidad de su llamamiento es por medio El Libro de Mormón.  Semejante a la Biblia, El Libro de Mormón es un otro testamento de Jesucristo y sé que es verdadero. Lo he leído y lo he orado y puedo decir y testificar a cualquiera persona que si usted leer y aplicar los principios que están en este libro, puede tener la vida eterna. He empezado a leer El Libro de Mormón en Español y tengo una meta a cumplirlo antes del fin de mi misión.  
Todo bien y no puedo esperar a hablar con ustedes en Mayo.
Les amo!

Google Translate 

I am grateful to be a representative of Jesus Christ by two years of my life. Sometimes it's hard to hear the Holy Spirit because there are many voices on earth, but something I've practiced in the lessons we have is listening and having faith in my Savior that I can get the things I need for my investigators. And something that is very important to remember is that these investigators are real people with real problems and that you, as a missionary, has the truth and the path for them to accept and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. The hardest thing is to personally accept that this mission is not for yourself but for people who have no truth or simply can not find it. As a missionary I have the blessing to bring this news to anyone who is willing to listen. It's also wonderful to see the change they have in their lives also in their hearts. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God and that through him the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored. It was not a reform but restoration because when Jesus Christ established his church, it was perfect. A restoration was necessary because none of the churches had the power to act in the name of God or a prophet called by God to lead the church. It is my testimony that the fruit (as it says in Matthew 7) of the life of Joseph Smith or a way we can see the truth of its appeal is through the Book of Mormon. Comparable to the Bible, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and I know that is true. I've read and I've prayed and I can say and testify to anyone that if you read and apply the principles that are in this book, may have eternal life. I started reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish and have a goal to accomplish it before the end of my mission.

All well and I can not wait to talk to you in May.

I love you!

Elder Padilla    

Soy Wero= I'm Hot

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