Good morning to the children of the corn.
Wow what could I say now that I´ll be home so soon.
Honestly the most important thing I feel like I could communicate to you today would be my testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I know that God is our Heavenly Father. I know that He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in all places. As surely as I know that God lives, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that he came and gave His life that we might live again. I know He suffered for all those who will repent and believe on Him. As I know that our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ are living personages who have physical bodies, I know that the Holy Ghost is a spirit personage sent by God to testify, teach, warn, and comfort. As sure as I know that God lives I know Joseph Smith Junior was His prophet, seer, and revelator in this last dispensation. I know that to him was given all the keys and powers of the holy priesthood necessary to perform the ordinances of salvation and administrate the Lord´s Kingdom on earth. I know that to said Smith was given the gift and power to translate the Book of Mormon, and I know that book to be the word of God. I know that President Russell M. Nelson holds those same keys today, and he is our Lord´s prophet. I know that families can be together forever, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. I know there are no second chances for salvation, and that this life is the time for man to perform his labors. These things I know for myself, and I am so very grateful to know them.
See you next week......
Two things to tell about this week!
One was that we experienced a whole ton of miracles and had a great time! We found a really cool family one night when it was really really cold and we didn´t have a lot of time left in the day. We were far from our weekly goals so we prayed with lots of faith and just gave it to the buildings contacting that whole produce. They were super receptive and they understood us very well. Also we received a reference kind of of a guy that has been coming to church for a few weeks but nobody told us he wasn´t a member. His wife is Dominican and trying to set an appointment I hardcore needed the gift of tongues. Also last night we had a great first lesson with Kathy and her mom. We met Kathy like 3 months ago at a previous activity, but she didn´t live in our branch boundaries until just barely they moved. That was all part of reason number one.
Two is that while studying the book of mormon this week I learned something really cool. Abinadi teaches some really cool doctrine in the 15th chapter of Mosiah right before he becomes a martyr. He is talking about Christ and all that he will suffer and pass through and he says ¨And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed? Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God. For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?¨
He explains that when Christ performed the great atoning sacrifice he saw us, those who have chosen to follow Him and who listen to his prophets and keep his commandments. I believe that it was a source of strength for Him, to be able to see us. And because of the great love He has for us, He alone was able to overcome all things. I know He is perfect and All-Powerful, and that his love for us is perfect and has all the power to change our lives, when we come unto Him. He is the Christ, the ¨Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.¨ This I know for myself, a sacred truth that has been made manifest to me by the power of the Holy Ghost.
We had a way sick miracle this week and had a really cool girl we are teaching come to church. Looking to baptize one more time!
hahahahahahhahahahahahah sorry mom
No letter this week. Elder Hollingsworth is doing great. He sent these two pictures of his Zone. He calls them his army.
A really long week this week!
Tuesday we were super busy getting a lot of zone items taken care of and finishing transfers, and then Wednesday we left for consejo in Comodoro Rivadavia. We were fortunate enough to fly up to Buenos Aires and get a connecting flight to Comodoro. We ate Mcdonalds for the first time in two years, which you guys know I´m not a fan of, but after being in the mission it was like candy. I realized I can eat a lot more than before. (hence the 3 big macs)
This week I started an exercise as a study help with the book of mormon, that President Nelson did last year and invited us all to do as part of his message in October. He said ¨Since President Monson’s challenge six months ago, I have tried to follow his counsel. Among other things, I’ve made lists of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies,and what it reveals. Looking at the Book of Mormon through these lenses has been an insightful and inspiring exercise! I recommend it to each of you.¨
So that´s what I have been doing and I testify that it really is insightful and inspiring as he said. I testify he is a prophet of God, and that the Lord Jesus Christ leads His latter-day work.
Another really fast week came and went.
We were very occupied this week with all of the preparations for the Multi-Zone Conference and visit of Elder Packer. Grocery shopping for over 60 people and making sure every little thing was exactly as desired by President. :)
The conference went very well, and Elder Packer had a lot of really good things to comment and suggest about and for the mission. The Spirit was super strong and I really enjoyed having an interview with him. He thanked us for all of our efforts and in that moment I felt a whole lot of love through the Spirit; it was as if the Lord was thanking me and it made me feel really good.
I am excited to keep working for the Lord and I hope to do everything possible to leave a positive impression on the mission and the missionaries, as well as our members and investigators.
Super good week in Tierra del Fuego. We had some really really cold days and nights, and luckily we are blessed with good Mothers who sent us with warm clothes. The Lord blessed us with warm houses to enter in and great people to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We were working really hard with a family this week to try and get them to church, they didn`t make it. Bummer, but this Friday we`ll have two baptisms in our district! A bunch of miracles happened and right when Elder Packer of the Seventy will be here we are having some baptisms ladies and gentlemen.
We are producing nothing but positivity and time in the street for the last stretch of the mission. I have never felt closer to my Heavenly Father and I am excited to keep learning and serving in this last little bit.
Its week three and that means 9 weeks left fam. I think it just hit me skyping for the last time. How grateful I am for my awesome family and companions.
This week we witnessed a lot of little cool miracles that testified to me of the love of our Heavenly Father and His faithfulness in keeping the promises He has made to us. I know that when we keep the commandments and always strive to remember our Savior, not just through our thought but through our ACTIONS, we truly can always have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
Jake Is currently serving in the Argentina, Comodoro Rivadavia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. He reported to the MTC August 3, 2016. This blog is for family and friends.