Monday, June 1, 2015

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

Hola amigos y familiares!

So it´s off to the Grand Canyon. Have fun. Neat that Johnny went to the temple. Way to go mom for sharing a Book of Mormon. I was thinking the other day how great it would be if every member were to give a Book of Mormon to someone not of our faith. I think Jonathan gets taller every week. haha

We got to go on divisions with President Smith this week! It was awesome. We met up at the temple at 4:40 PM. As we got in the car we started with a prayer. Our first appointment was with the mom and son that we´ve been teaching. It went well. After that we went to visit Germán, the father investigator of a member family who we´ve been teaching. He had a few questions about the law of tithing. I felt so blessed to have President there. It was amazing to see the President´s use of the scriptures. I came to realize that he only referred to scriptures in the Book of Mormon. Later he taught us that our investigators shouldn´t get baptized unless they receive an answer that the Book of Mormon is true, no matter how many times they have attended church or received the lessons. He also encouraged us to pass by our investigators houses every day. If that wasn´t possible then to send a text message or give them a call. Such great advice.

Turns out the Temple is closed Sundays and Mondays so we weren´t able to take the mom and son on a tour of the temple. Too bad. It’s o.k. though. We talked about the temple.

When Sunday came around, we had a miracle! We had planned to pass by our investigators to bring them to church. It so happens a less active down the street, Mike Merida, wanted to help and so he offered to take us around in his van. So nice. The sad part was that ALL our investigators cancelled. Bummer. But Brother Merida had invited his friend to come with, and she came! Hooray!  After church we were able to visit with Brother Merida and Fernanda. She is excited about her experience and wants to learn more. It was a miracle!

I have been thinking a lot recently about the importance of keeping the Sabbath day Holy. In Neh. 13: 17-18., it reads, 

17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?

18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.

When someone or an entire nation turns away from this commandment, religious as well as all other aspects of life begin to decay. I know it’s so important that we keep the Sabbath Day holy. It truly is a reflector, or a SIGN as Elder Nelson says, of our personal devotion to God. The Lord promises great blessings to those who keep the Sabbath Day holy. I know this to be true.

All the best! Have a great week! The gospel is true.

Love, Elder Hicken

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