Thursday, January 21, 2016

Week 73 - More diligent in our diligence

Hey,  it's me again.

This week has been good. We didn't have anyone come to church, but that's how it is sometimes. What we did do was we found a lot of inactive families to reactivate, and work with members of their families who are not members of the church. We have three individuals who are coming along. We are really excited about it. We found these families, and they really want to turn their lives around. The fathers want to be better husbands.  So we are going to focus on the priesthood and priesthood responsibilities. That is why we are very excited.

I really love this area. Palmira is a really cool place. It's laid out by calles (streets) y carreras (avenues). It is really well organized. Finding directions is very easy. I've got like half the area already memorized.

To answer some your questions, The branch I am working in is called Bizerta. Our house is actually really nice, I really like it, it's actually one of the cleaner apartments I've been in.

My companion, Elder Berreo is Colombian. He is from I believe Barranquilla. He has lived for quite a while in Bogotá. He is a convert to the church and is so cool. I love him, I love my son.

The branch is really cool. I love being in a branch. They are really organized and have great goals set. For that reason they are working hard. This week we are meeting with the branch president to see what goals we can personally make to help him and how he can help us. He loves to help, and the members, they also love to help. We are really animated to get the work done because well, it has to get done. That is why we are here.

You ask about cooking, I love to cook. We bought a lot of food this week, well I enjoy it because I get hungry.

The youth in the branch really help a lot. We have two young women who are branch missionaries. They're always finding investigators for us to teach. We will be out tracting and we will run across them and they will say, hey we have two more references for you.  It's great. We are so excited to work with the members here.

It's a little different to be back in an apartment with four missionaries. We always seem to digress a little bit after study time. We are trying to be more diligent with our time.

I have been reading in Doctrine and Covenants Section 3. It is where Joseph lost the 116 pages with Martin Harris and Christ is rebuking Joseph for what he had done.  I was impressed by the fact that all of us can make mistakes. Similar to mistakes it Joseph made. Even Joseph felt that God had abandoned him. We are able to realize that Joseph humbled himself and repented of the things he had done. We all need to be more humble.

Verse 4 For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.

We need to remember that if we forget about God's counsel, we will fall.  We need to be more diligent in our diligence. We need to be ready for whatever comes our way.

Verse 9 Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.

We need to remember that we make mistakes and that repentance is not just for the big things it's for the little things as well. Like in Joseph Smith history when Joseph prayed and ask God for a sign of how his status was before him. Joseph humbled himself and asked for forgiveness. That's how we need to be, constantly and diligently striving to be better. If we fall we need to remember that God is full of compassion. We can repent and get back up.

That is what I wanted to share with you. The work is great.  I am really happy.

Love you all.

Elder Pead

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