Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I´m running out of good titles for these emails...

Well hello everybody!

This week went by really fast. There was a holiday at the end of the week, so everybody was out of the house Thursday Friday AND Saturday. The holidays are always like that here... I fooled myself thinking there would be a ton of people home! haha.

So, this week, we started a new thing in the mission where we are supposed to visit one family in our area every day to strengthen the ward and to get references. So we started by going to families who knew lots of people, and we had them indicate families needing visits, so we could get the most effective work in. We have about 35-40 households we can visit now, so we should be set on that the next week.

Also during our lunches, we started leaving a special message with a copy of the Book of Mormon so the member could give it to someone to prepare them to receive the lessons. I thought a lot about what Mom had said about the lack of sincerity that some references had. So I tried to help the members understand the importance of preparing someone to receive the message. I wanted to instill a practice of preparing people to be taught, rather than hoping that they would be prepared to receive the message. The message I left was in Alma 26. I talked about what the blessings of missionary work was.

 1 And now, these are the words of Ammon to his brethren, which say thus: My brothers and my brethren, behold I say unto you, how great reason have we to rejoice; for could we have supposed when we started from the land of Zarahemla that God would have granted unto us such great blessings?
 2 And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?
 3 Behold, I answer for you; for our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God! And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work.
 4 Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God.
 5 Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.

The blessings that they received was their ability to be instruments in the hands of God. If we do nothing but talk about a person to the Elders, we will receive no blessing. That is why it is important that we help people with an invite to church, a Book of Mormon, or inviting someone to a family night. If we work, we will be blessed, and the blessings will come in the form of more and more people that the Lord trusts us to share our message.

At the end of the week, we had a good visit with a less active and his wife. She had gone to church a lot when they were dating, buy when she was told she couldn´t stay with him in his ward, she didn´t want to be baptized. I took the cue and asked the obvious question that she wanted to go to church and be close to him. She responded yes, and I told her that they can be together if they go to church again. We talked about the temple a little bit, and then answered some questions. The next morning, they were at church at 8:30 and they participated the whole time. They were really happy to receive our visit, and they were pretty self motivated to go back to church. Our plan is to strengthen their testimonies again so that they can be able to go through the temple together and be sealed as a family for eternity.

So, that was our week! There wasn´t a whole lot that went on, but we were plenty busy.

Love you all!

Elder Cornwell

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