Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WEEK 41 -- August 7, 2017

This week we had a baptism fall through, and the dude avoided us for the last 4 days of the week, so that was kinda weird. But it was alright because we have been working pretty hard down here in Atalaya.

This week I have been thinking that it might be my last, so I am trying my best to leave the members with a great impression, and to get them all to add me on facebook also haha. I am reallyloving here, and I can feel the lord guiding us. Truly it´s a great work. 

A cool experience we had, is that we were waiting to have a visit with the dude that avoided us, and one of our investigators that has been passing through some pretty rough times, just opened up to us and wrote us a huge text message about everything that they are going through. It was super awesome, and the family now is getting prepared to get baptized for the 2nd of september. The members are grouping up to build stuff in their house, and to get stuff cookin´for them.

With another family we had problems with money to get them married, so we did an hayacada, or just made a heap of tamales, but a little different. We used the relief society to do it, and they also kept the money so the people don´t spend it on other stuff that doesn´t matter. So we are getting ready about 7 people for baptism, and we are expecting a lot of them really soon. 

This week I bear my testimony on Humility. I had been reading in alma 5 this week, in verse 27, and it really smacked me hard. 27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humbleThayour garments have been cleansed and made white through thblood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?
28 Behold, are ye stripped of pridesay unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.
29 Behold, say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envysay unto you that such an one is not prepared; and would that he should prepare quicklyfor the hour is close at hand, and he knoweth not when the time shall come; for such an one is not found guiltless.
30 And again say unto you, ithere one among you that dotmake mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions?
31 Wo unto such an one, for he is not prepared, and the time is at hand that he must repenor he cannot be saved!
32 Yea, even wo unto all ye workers of iniquity; repent, repent, for the Lord God hath spoken it!
33 Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and will receive you.

The lord has this invitation out for all of us, that we must repent, and humble ourselves before him. There is a lot to say about the topic, but it is something deeply personal, and I feel that all that is to be said, is spoken to every person who will read this or read the scripture through the power of the holy ghost. I invite you all to pray and fast, that we can sweep this weakness of pride out of our lives. 

√Člder tracy