Friday, July 10, 2015

We must be willing to give...

Thank you sooooooo much Mom!!!  For everything!!!!!
I really am so grateful for all you and dad have done, all your sacrifice and help.
This week has been wonderful:)
If I haven't told you, we have a plan as an area of Mexico.  It is in Spanish but I will be trying to share a part with you!!!!!
So, this plan is from the Area Presidency and we have been sharing it with everyone so that they can know what the Lord wants from us, as members here in Mexico!!!!
The plan has a sentence that I love.  It says we will need to increase our faith, our sacrifice, and our faithfulness   We as missionaries have had to do it, as well as the members.  With more faith, really, it means more miracles:)
And that is what we have seen... I know....I am like repeating the same thing...sorry.  I will move forward.  
Anyway, there are three points of emphasis in this plan.
1. Pay a generous fast offering and a full tithe.
2. Help one person every day recieve the ordinaces that will bring them back to their Heavenly Father
3. Look for the names of our ancestors and help them receive the ordinances in the temple.
And then there is a promise that is wonderful.
It includes opening the windows of heaven, having profound family relationships, and being able to be protected from the lashings of the world.... just to name a few.
Well seriously, that is what we have seen.  If you want to increase your faith, you have to increase your action.  We as missionaries have to ask more people, talked more, prepared better, we have been MORE obedient.  We have studied harder and paid more attention to the Holy Ghost.  Members find ways to sacrifice as well, and as they sacrifice, they see miracles.  There is a less active member, named A....  She has a daughter that is 19 and not baptized.  When she heard about this plan, the plan of our mission, she decided to get to it!  She is going to church, and preparing to go to the temple.  As she begun and has started to sacrifice, and her daughter has started listening to the Gospel.  Now the daughter is deciding to change, and wants to get baptized!
There is another family, and their child struggles with the ways of the world.  They didn't know how to help him, but as they have put the Lord first, the Lord has touched their son's heart, and he has started to change.  He wants to return to church, and he has continued to change.
There is another family, that is trying to share the Gospel every day!  They have a couple that they know.  They talked with them, and now that couple is listening.  They also want to join the Church, so they can be closer to the Lord.
The point is, this plan is wonderful.  If they are less active members, or only part of the family is member, or the family is active, the Lord has asked for more sacrifice.  And we are giving it all we've got:)
I think the best thing about it is the testimony the experience gives each person willing to give more, willing to sacrifice.  God STILL loves us.  He STILL talks to us.  He is STILL aware of everything that is going on.  And HE will hasten HIS work in HIS time.  We just have to have faith, and sacrifice a little more:)
I just wanted to share that with you.  It has been great to see, and teach, and feel. 
I love you, and I am thankful, mom and dad, for the sacrifices you made so that our family could have the relationships we have today.
Elder Goodman!!!

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