No email this week. No time. He said to tell you all he is doing great and has never been happier. Working hard helping with transfers today so only a few pictures for his mom to enjoy!. Haha
Sick. Another week flying by here in the mission. A whole lot of drinking water, walking and sweating in these days. We spent most of the week working in other missionaries areas to help them find new people to teach, and doing some tasks to make one of the baptisms possible this last Saturday.
I was listening to a talk this week by Truman G. Madsen where he discussed the power of the Abrahamic tests. He tells a story about his visit to the Holy land with Elder Hugh B. Brown, an apostle at the time, in which they visited the supposed site where Abraham famously almost sacrificed his only son. He says that he asked Elder Brown about why it was necessary for the ancient prophet to endure such a test, only to be stopped by an angel of the Lord. Elder Brown´s response was ¨because Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham.¨ He goes on to explain that following this experience, Abraham really could in all sincerity pray and hope that the Lord´s will would be greater than his, and that this confidence made him the great prophet he was. It made me reflect a lot on the things I aspire to and desire in this life. I think we all need to gain an understanding of the importance of trusting God and asking and working to accomplish His will.
So that´s all for this week just some thoughts I had for you. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the cold temperatures. Here I am getting cooked alive......can't wait for Fall!
buen día familia y amigos
To start of the year we had our first Consejo de Líderes this week in Comodoro on Wednesday. President and the Assistants presented a new plan for the weekly and monthly goals that is going to really make a difference once we get it rolling.
When we returned from Comodoro I was feeling pretty under the weather so I tried to take it easy for a couple days but we still had lots of people to teach and things to prepare for zone conference (yesterday). We prepared a training as well and I conducted conference. We gave a super dope 15 minute training and ended with this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au9KiwEpyrw
Getting everyone pumped up to baptize and all that.
So that was basically the week, looking forward to teaching a lot more this week and getting a bunch of baptisms locked down for February. We are doing good so far this month so it has been fun. There are a lot of really good missionaries in our Zone and it is good to have friends and people you can trust to get the work done.
The Lord leads this work, and He will continue to apresurar su obra hasta la día de su venida. Pues pronto vendrá.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
Happy New Year!
This week was a good time and we did a lot of my favorite thing; preaching the Gospel. We were looking for people to talk to one night, so like always we said a prayer to know where to go and who to talk to. We walked a few blocks and came to another corner where we didn`t know for sure what to do. Its basically like, me-¨where should we go?¨ Elder Powell-¨hmm ya I don`t know¨ so we pray haha. Works every time, next block we are walking and we run into this family from the Dominican Republic and start teaching them. They are super cool it was legit.
Also we ate lunch with this less-active family on Sunday and turns out we were totally sent there by revelation, something we are used to but often take for granted, and don`t take the time to recognize it as the power of God. The member really needed what we shared with them that day and also they had invited this neighbor kid over to eat with us. We talked with him and he was so cool and receptive. We gave him a Book of Mormon and will be going back in a few days.
These two simple stories helped me a lot this week as I thought about the year we just ended and all the things I was able to learn, do, and experience thanks to my Heavenly Father. They also helped me make goals for this coming year, and I have gained such a testimony of these two principles; the faith in God & the humility to recognize Him at all times and pray for guidance, and the hope and trust that He will guide my actions for the benefit of others, so long as I am worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Spirit.
So what are my goals you may ask?!? I`ll give you just a taste of this sickness.
Hope every one can make some goals and plans to accomplish them. Our Heavenly Father expects much of us in this life and we have just a short time!
Alma 34:32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
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.