Sunday, January 25, 2015

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

So my companion and I got to go on a cool little adventure with our Presidente and Hermana Parreno.  As we walked to their house for lunch the other day, they had a little surprise for us.  Well they took us to a golf course and played golf for about an hour and at lunch!!!  HaHa Just kidding, we did get to watch but not play, but had a great view of the golf course as we had a great lunch.  So, this week we got an emergency transfer and no, I have a new companion!  Hermana Chipman, she is wonderful and she is 23 and is from Idaho and has already gotten her Master's Degree at BYU Provo.  She too, has only 2 transfers in the mission so I'll be finishing her training :)  I'm super excited.  I was super sad to see Hermana Kroska leave for "Martaplate" (another area) as time just flew with her as we worked hard and had many miracles, but I'm excited to work with my new companion in the Falda!

As we have been working with our investigators a little more, we had a fun family home evening with Norma and her two little girls and another family in the ward.  We talked about the 3rd and 1st lesson and prepared them for their baptism this next week.  They are super excited about this.  As we are still working with Norma to stop smoking, which she has been doing GREAT thus far.  As well as decide to separate or get married, which she has been acting upon and wants to finalize everything so that she can be baptized.!!  We have also been working with John who I talked a little about last week.  He too needs to make many decisions, but with the help of members and support as well of Christ, we can do all things and accomplish the goals we want to accomplish.

This week we had Norma and he two kids in church as well as John and Luiz. My companion and I found a lot of new investigators and many of them committed to coming to church.  Well Sunday morning, we went and knocked and called just about everyone and we walked to the chapel "solas" :( (alone).  When we got to church an investigator we have been teaching for 3 weeks now came in 5 minutes later!!  "Luiz" it was one big MIRACLE! It was wonderful to see him and John and Norma and her kids in the house of the Lord.

As we have been working a lot with the word of wisdom this week, I thought I would share a quote I found. (Boyd K. Packer, CR, Oct 1979,29) 

I have come to know that inspiration comes more as a feeling than as a sound.
Young people, stay in condition to respond to inspiration.
I have come to know also that a fundamental purpose of the Word of Wisdom has to do with revelation.
If someone “under the influence” can hardly listen to plain talk, how can they respond to spiritual promptings that touch their most delicate feelings?
As valuable as the Word of Wisdom is as a law of health, it may be much more valuable to you spiritually than it is physically.
Even if you keep the Word of Wisdom, there are some things that can happen to you physically, but those things don’t generally damage you spiritually.
When you become a father or a mother, don’t live so that your children go unled because of habits that leave you uninspired.
The Lord has a way of pouring pure intelligence into our minds to prompt us, to guide us, to teach us, to warn us. You can know the things you need to know instantly! Learn to receive inspiration.
D&C 89:5-7,18-21

That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
 And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
 18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
 21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.

God has given us commandments because they are a perfection to us.  God created our bodies, now let us take care of something so valuable.  AS we do we will be free from addictions, we will have knowledge and power, good health and stability.  That many blessings will come to us as we keep the word of wisdom that "the destroying angel will pass by."

Homework:  Change one thing about your health to help better yourself physically and spiritually. (Food, exercising, alcohol, being, clean, addictions, etc.)

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