Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What makes the Book of Mormon important to you?


So this is good-bye to the area las Américas. I´ll be heading out tomorrow. President Smith mentioned that I´ll be serving as a zone leader. I’m very humbled. Also, that kinda limits the options of where I´ll be able to go, but wherever will be great! 

Goodbyes to Familias Signor, Ixcot, and Rodriguez

Us missionaries with the Ward Mission Leader

For the first time, I got to see German with his family at church on Sunday! Elder Salazar and I have really tried to help him over the past month and a half. He is the father and husband of an all member family who just became less active. Before Sunday, he hadn´t gone to church for 2 years. It was truly a miracle that he came. And the best part,  he really liked it! He already knew a lot of the members and stayed for all of church. The members were great as well, talking, smiling, showing him around. That is so helpful when members make a point to talk to those we invite to church.

Fernanda is a friend of Mike, who is a less active in the ward. She has a real interest to learn if the church is true but she has been really busy with school and work. We had asked her to read the Book of Mormon last week but she didn’t have time. We invited her and Mike to come to a family home evening in the house of a member Sunday. They both came! We talked about the Book of Mormon and the role it plays in our conversion. Every person bore their testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Spirit was super strong. It was awesome. I love the Book of Mormon! What makes the Book of Mormon important to you? Do you feel the need to read it everyday? When you read it, is it a drag or is it a delight? Do you feel the Spirit as you read? Do you begin and end your study with a prayer?

Maria has been a new investigator as of last week. We had given her a Book of Mormon in quiché and a hymn book as well. She really likes the hymns. We end up singing at least two hymns every time we go. She had read a little and was excited to learn more. Unfortunately, she had to go back to the village where she´s from because her mom got sick. She supposed to be back by the end of the week. We´ll see what happens.

Father´s Day here is always on a Wednesday. To celebrate it with all the fathers of the ward, the sisters prepared an activity for Friday. There were games, food, performances, etc. It was fun. 

The best part was that we were able to bring Cerjio and his dad German. They both know how to play the guitar really well so they played a bunch of songs by Carlos Santana. I had the honor of accompanying them on the tambourines! We got to see a lot of familiar faces and meet a lot of new ones as well. All and all a great activity!
Cerijo and German at the Father's Day activity

We are all servants of the Lord in His great work. We all have a role to play in nourishing and strengthening our little part of the Lord´s vineyard. The olive tree is commonly used in many parables and allegories throughout the scriptures. Why is that? Maybe because it will begin to decay if not taken care of (hope I said that right in English). If we don´t magnify our duties in which we are called, the olive tree begins to wither away and perhaps grow wild fruit. May we all do our best to learn our responsibilities, wherever we are serving, and do all we can to fulfill them.

Making Pupusas

 Ran into Elder Pugmire! GO MN!!!

I love this gospel! I know it is true. Have a great week!

Elder Hicken

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