Interviews! We had interviews with our mission president, President Walkenhorst, on Friday. It sounds like this scary thing, but really it is just a one on one conversation with Pres. W and a little bit of time to ask him any questions that we have. We talked a lot about what it means to be bold. As missionaries we are supposed to be bold with these people. But what does that mean? President and I talked about it for a while. We decided that it means that we love the person enough to ask them to change because we know that it will help them be happier in this life. I really liked that. I love the people here so much, so why wouldn't I want to help them be happier by being bold and invite them to come unto Christ? It is always super amazing to have interviews with president.
Bartolo! We have been meeting with him a lot! His baptism is coming up so soon and he is so excited. The 5th of December. In church our group leader, Bro Johnson asked Bartolo to share his testimony on his baptism. Wow. It was so powerful. I couldn't believe it. He is so amazing. We met with him Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for lessons and he came to church on Sunday, so we see him a lot. He is doing amazing. On Saturday I was sick during our lesson with just the usual head cold. Bartolo noticed. On Sunday during our Sunday School class he pulled me aside and said hta the bought me medicine. How sweet of him! Then he said, "Oh don't worry, I bought it last night, so I didn't break the Sabbath." (we taught him about the Sabbath day on Tuesday). To know that there are people here who are watching out for me was awesome. Bartolo is teaching me every day. I swear, he teaches me more that I teach him!
I want to share with you all something that President Walkenhorst shared with us. Here it is:
"At the last zone conference I spoke a little on the phrase "baptized unto repentance." Recently I have focused on the phrase "faith unto repentance." Alma 34:15-17 uses this phrase several times. The first principle of the gospel is faith. Not simply faith, but faith in Jesus Christ. For us to participate in the gospel, we must have enough faith that we can change, the He will help us, and that He will forgive us and allow us to become clean. As missionaries we must have enough faith in Jesus Christ that He will give us success and that we can become clean from the blood and sins of this generation. This is His work. His work is not only to take the gospel to all the world, it is to plant the principle of repentance deep in our hearts to the point that we will repent. His work is to help us repent and change. He can do His work. D&C 60:7 states, "for I am able to make you Holy." He can and will if we will just exercise faith in Him and allow Him to work in our lives. He said in Jeremiah 18:6 "Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house if Israel" (see Jeremiah 18:1-6)
I love these words so much. I love this work and I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know it is true and I love it.
Hna James and I being loca!
We got all the ornaments on the Christmas tree!!! woohoo!