CONFERENCES & GROWTH
Well we had some really big changes this week... seriously. So I have been here in the district of Melipilla for about 6 months and yesterday Elder Walter F Gonzalez, the area president came and with President Barreiros, They combined the District Melipilla with another district called Talagante. So now we are just one district. We had three branches that were ok but they changed it so now we have two really strong branches and one little one in the countryside called Bollenar. All the leadership changed and now we have 10 missionaries in our super branch and there are 8 in the other super branch. But we are preparing so we can become a stake in 6 months. So if we work hard and with faith and prayer, in six months we will be the stake of Melipilla! Too bad I wont be here to see it.
We had conferences with Elder Gonzales and it was so great. He talked a lot about love and the spirit and the Book of Mormon. But he said some pretty cool things about love. He taught us that Love is a gift from God we can’t love without help form our Heavenly Father. Love is a decision; we have to decide to love. If we don’t show our love we don’t love. Last when we sin, we lose a little of our capacity to love. If we don’t love God, we will not obey his commandments.
What I liked most of what he said was that The Book of Mormon has words that we can feel.
In our mission we are doing a pilot testing in the mission work. We are focusing a lot on baptisms, retention and reactivation. But we only record the less active members that are attending church and our baptisms. It is not a very big change but it will help us a lot. What we are changing is how we teach. We were instructed to go to the homes of less active members to listen to them and find out why they don’t go to church, then to share a really short lesson with them in Book of Mormon that will help them feel the sprit and help them with their doubts. Then we bless the house and leave.
I love the Book of Mormon!!
I hope that we will all love others and bring hope to others so we can be true disciples of Christ
1 John 2 6
I love you mom and dad and everyone. Congrats on the wedding Nathanael and Whitney