-So that is a tree made of soda bottles....they don´t waste ANYTHING here :)
-The manger in the park
-Me and me companion
Happy New Year to all! Wow, I can't believe it is here!
So here...Christmas is not celebrated all that much...and where it is, it is all about the drinking, fireworks, and other wordly things. Very few people decorate and maybe 3/4 have trees? But, we did have a great Christmas!
Yesterday we have a great family night with a partial family and an active family. There were lots of children so we wanted to teach in a way they would understand. Wow, it was so AMAZING! The spirit was so strong as we went back to the basics. We used Janga blocks to explain Christ forming his church, the church falling, other churchs taking truths and starting, and finally the Restoration. The spirit testified to me again of the truthfulness. Oh how powerful it is when you can hear the message in the clearest, easist form! I invite you all to renew your testimony that you have of the Restoration!
I hope Christmas went well, and that you are all looking forward to a great new year! 2016...Where will it find you?
As some of you may know, life can be trying. It can be difficult, challenges and trials come, and they always will.
Why? The sunday school answer that we all hear is "it is for our progression, it is the reason we came to earth- to be tried and tested". But do we really comprehend that? Ultimatly the goal is to become like Christ. We have so many great examples. Some of whom are, Christ himself, Moses, Abraham, Nephi, Moroni, and the list goes on. But how can we expect to sit with these men one day if our life was a "cake walk"? The trials of these men made them who they are. They struggled, they fought, they cried, they CHOSE to keep going, to get back up on the horse and FOLLOW CHRIST! IT WAS NO "CAKE WALK" FOR THEM, so why would we have think it would bo so for us?
I know that God has "customized" our lives. He hand places the people, the situations ( in my case companions) and areas-SPECIFICALLY for you, for me-in our lives! He knows what we need to help us grow and to BECOME like Him. He is going to push us to the limits (that really we place upon ourselves). He is going to help us stretch, to take the next step in the path TO HIM. That being said...HE IS NOT GOING TO LEAVE US TO DO IT ON OUR OWN! If we let him, if we INVITE Him...He will be there with us, every step of the way, and just when we are on the end of our rope, He will pick us up and carry us to the end. I know these things to be true. I have felt His hands carrying me, I know He can and will carry you. I invite you to find Him, rely on Him, and to keep going! There is a way. He has a divine path, SPECIFICALLY for you. He loves you, He died for you and He will do anything for you. En el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.
See you soon,