Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The "game-changer"

I will try to explain to you the wonderful miracles that took place this week, here in wonderful Colima.
It starts with a scripture...
1 Nephi 20:10-11-- 
10 For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
 11 For mine own sake, yea, for mine own sake will I do this, for I will not suffer my name to be polluted, and I will not give my glory unto another.

We had a week where we have been purified and chosen out of the furnace of affliction.  And we are HAPPPPPPPY!
This week, Elder M came, and he is super cool.  He is from Pachuca, here in Mexico and he plays football. He likes the Saints....and we are working hard core locomotor.
This week, we left excited!  
1st day, we knocked and went to all the planned visits we could...and nobody.
2nd day, we studied and decided to work harder, to contact everyone we could....worse.
3rd day, hard core, we found a few in their houses and we felt super recharged to just teach some great lessons where the spirit was super strong.
4th....2 investigators died.....And I think I will stop there....
Well, the week continued and I will tell you, it was like that the whole week... but it was seriously, one of the most spiritual weeks we have had as a companionship (and only a week). 
The thing we realized is this... Nephi, is using the words of Isaiah in that scripture, and he is talking about preparation.  At the end of the chapter he says in verse   22 ..."And notwithstanding he hath done all this, and greater also, there is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked."
Something WE, together as a companionship learned this week, is how to tell if we were in the right.  We prayed, and begged, to know where to go.  I will tell you, it was with all my heart.  I had worried that we weren't visiting the people the Lord wanted us to visit, but it came to that last verse, 'For the wicked, there is no peace.'  It is a feeling that can't be copied, and that only, ONLY GOD, can give us, that feeling of peace...and that is what I felt at the end of each day. 
I want you guys to understand something very important about this letter.  I am not sharing with you guys, negative things.  These are positive.  Now....we will go to how we found the chosen.
1 day....we found an investigator who decided to be baptized.
2nd day....we contacted 50 people...of these fifty...we found 1 family that wanted the gospel, and they are going to go to church, and we KNOW they will be sealed one day as a family.
3rd day.....we recieved 2 refrences, and both accepted that we could pass by another day, and that they wanted a change.  They wanted to feel PEACE.
4th day....the families of these two investigators who has passed away...wanted to know where they had gone.
It changed everything.  The Gospel is a game changer.  It makes everything good if you follow it, and every thing less if you don't.  That is what I wanted to share with you today.  I learned that there is always a point of everything we pass through.  As every day passed, and I ended with a soul full of peace, I had a stronger and stronger desire to share it.
I know this is short, but I loved this week, and we are EXCITED for this next week. You can't work in this work, and not be excited.  It is impossible.  I love you, I really do.
Hope you have a great week.
Love, with all my heart,
Elder Goodman

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