"Its easy to pay attention to the words of Christ, . . . Oh my son, don't be slothful because of the easiness of the way."
Hola everyone, ¿qué mas? This week was a hard one for me. My comp has been sick the whole week, and so we did a whole lot of nada after Tuesday. I had divisions Tuesday so I got to work. I was with Elder Montesino, and we had "la mama de lecciones" about the Book of Mormon. You need to understand that me and Elder Montesino are a lot alike when teaching. We're both pretty straight forward and bold. anyway we were teaching this guy. He is evangelical but not super evangelical. He told us he just believes in Christ and that Christ is our only way to be saved. He said we were welcome as long as we teach the palabra of Christ in the Bible. Ya they love their bible. I told Elder Montesino going into the lesson the Book of Mormon would be a challenge for him and boy was I right. We were almost to that point in the lesson and he asked about José Smith and the Book of Mormon. So I pulled it out but didn't say anything, I just wanted to listen with Elder Montesino, who knows a ton of scriptures in the Bible. Well the only thing this guy was worried about was if we were preaching the word of God and about Christ. This is when is started getting good, I stepped in here and read 2 Nephi 25:26 "we speak of Christ, we teach of Christ, we rejoice in Christ. . ." Then I asked him if he believed that we as Mormons belive in the same Christ he does? He said "yes," so I said I know this a testimony of Christ and a few other things too. Then Montesino stepped in with like 4 scriptures from the Bible that answered some other questions he had. We ended with 2 Nephi 33:11-12, that says, "Believe in Christ, and if you don't believe in these words believe in Christ, for if ye believe in Christ you will know that these are the words of Christ. . . Judge ye for yourself if these are the words of Christ. . ." It was the most powerful lesson I've ever been in. We layed the hammer down and it was awesome. I really want this guy though. He's a major family man. He just wants what's best for his family. Still, knowing what we as missionaries have, it is driving me insane knowing he can't quite see it yet. I'm really hoping he sees it's true cause he's awesome. I did learn one thing this week though. That in all reality, it is not that hard to stay strong in the gospel. The gospel isn't hard. What's hard is life, but reading the Book of Mormon for 15 min a day and praying about is not that hard. It says in Alma 37:44,46, "Its easy to pay attention to the words of Christ, . . . Oh my son, don't be slothful because of the easiness of the way." Pretty crazy right? but it's true, if we always read the Book of Mormon, pray, and go to church we will be fine. That's only 15-20 min a day at the least, and three hours Sunday, and we will be fine because those three things form a really solid foundation to strengthen us throughout life during hard times in life. For example, two weeks ago while searching for a reference we came across a 70 yr old lady named America. Easy for me to remember. She told us when we showed up she had been thinking about what God wanted for her in this life. We have given her the lessons and she attended conference both Saturday and Sunday, and church yesterday. She has absolutley nothing and I mean nothing. But she told us when she attended conference and read the Book of Mormon and listened to us, that she felt peace. She is awesome. I'm so glad we found her because I want to help her so much because she lives in a house with 10 or so people, no money. This house is tiny and super hard to get to. I feel so badly; it's sad but I'm just glad she's been able to find peace in our message. This gospel truly is amazing. Our ward had a primary program yesterday. It was awesome because the primary kids are amazing. These little 8 yr olds get up to that podium with confidence. They were assigned a scripture and they each gave a 3-5 minute talk on it. It was crazy. They all did a great job. Ya I'm loving it here. I hope I dont leave the coast if I leave this week. I love my area so much. I'll send some pics later. Love you guys. Hasta Luego.
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