Monday, April 13, 2015

Little Miracles (not really so little...)

Hey! Happy Monday!

Wow sounds like quite the week for all of you! I'm glad Hailey's recital went well and the rock climbing pictures look way fun!

Things are going well here. Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to stop visiting almost all of the people we have been teaching lately...but maybe they just need a break for a while. Its amazing how much you can start to care for someone in so little time.

We're also thinking a lot about how to work better with the members. The bishop presented a new ward mission plan at church this week and the members all seem pretty excited about it. Several of them have already told about friends that they have and how they are going to try to put us in contact with them in the next couple of weeks. If everything goes according to plan, we'll be overwhelmed with teaching appointments. Haha but lets not get ahead of step at a time.

I got to have a cool experience yesterday at church which has had me thinking a lot. This past week, some of the older members of the ward got together to have a bbq. Well, turns out it didn't go well. We got to church and a member who got baptized about a month or 2 ago, had 2nd degree burns from the palm of his hand all  the way up to his shoulder. Long story short, they had an accident at the bbq. After church, he asked my companion and I for a blessing. We ended up giving it to him, and as soon as we finished, he opened his eyes and started pointing out several parts of his arm that he said had healed/changed color/changed during the blessing. Little miracles. Its amazing what Christ can do.

So, verse of the week is a pretty familiar scripture that I read the other day. Mosiah 4:27 says that it isn't required that we run faster than we are able. I started thinking about it and the big difference between saying that it isn't required that we run faster than we are able and saying that it isn't required that we run. I think there are times (or at least I do this), where I try to say that its okay if I don't do everything since I'm not perfect. We are saved by grace after all that we can do, and Heavenly Father knows what we are capable of more than we do. If anybody is going to "cut me slack" because of my weaknesses, I'd rather it be Him that does it, and not me.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you all!

Elder Webster

Monday, April 6, 2015

Great Conference

Wow sounds like you had a way fun conference weekend! I'm glad everyone is doing well!

Everything is going well here. We got to visit with some of the investigators that have been hard to find at home lately. We met with Fabian a few times, and the good news is that he always reads and tries to fulfill any commitments that we leave with him. The bad news is that now we are pretty sure that half the reason he is meeting with us is because he wants to convince us that we are wrong...he's never very direct about it, but he told us that he meets with people of other religions to try to change them...long story short, we have a lesson with him tonight that will probably help us decide if we are going to keep visiting him. We hate the idea of stopping to visit him, but we can't help him if he doesn't want to be helped.. This week I also got to have several very spiritual experiences, which was way inspiring. I can't really write them all here but I'm definitely ready to improve as much as I can in the time that I have left.

Getting to watch general conference was way great. We went to the stake center to watch it there, in english. I enjoyed it a lot, but the greatest blessings of conference definitely come afterward--time to study and apply all the things that they said. Haha I'm not sure I'll be able to put it all into practice before we have the next conference I guess.

Verse of the week was a hard choice week, there were several that stood out to me way strongly this week. I eventually decided on 1 John 4:19, which in english probably says something like "We love Him because He loved us first". Long story short, I started studying the Christ-like attribute of love this week, and I came across this scripture. It stuck out to me a lot, especially when I remembered that we are commanded to love others as He has loved us (John 13:34). He loved those that didn't know Him and rejected Him. He served those who didn't want His service. He truly loved us first. And now, not only do we have the task of loving Him back, but if we are to love others the way He loved us, we must find a way to love others first. Loving someone first requires that we actively look for that opportunity, and those opportunities are a little more difficult to recognize.

Anyway, I'm glad you all had a great week! I hope you have yet another good week and that everything goes well with all the things you have planned for this week! Everything is good here.

Elder Webster

Happy, Happy, Happy!

Sounds like a lot has been a pretty crazy week for everyone. And Happy Easter! Happy General Conference! And Happy Life!

This week was pretty good. It was a little weird, because right now I think we have more investigators here in Dorrego than I've had in my whole in this area, but for whatever reason, not a single one of them could meet with us in this past week. We've been getting blessed to be able to consistently find new people, and we're way excited to see all of them progress, but...well, progressing means getting better over takes time. One of the cool people that we got to start teaching was someone that my companion met during exchanges 2 weeks ago, the house that my companion said he would never go back to. Haha I talked him into it :) We went there and Elder Cook told me that it was like night and day from the first time he had went there. Its the house of a less active woman, her baby, and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend just recently got out of jail after being there for 10 years, and apparently while he was in jail he met someone that told him to try reading the Book of Mormon...which he did... 3 times. He has a lot of desires to change his ways and is positive that we are the ones that can help him, so we're excited to get to meet with him again.

On saturday we also had a special meeting with the stake president, the bishops from the stake, and the mission president. We talked about the importance of ward mission plans. Our bishop was so excited that he drove us to his house afterward to start making a plan then and there. He presented a part of it the next day at church, and we are having another meeting this week with the leaders in the ward to finalize the plan. We're really excited to be able to work more effectively with the ward.

So this week I wanted to share a scripture from 1 Nephi11:31-32. Its a straightforward and powerful testimony and prophecy about the life and death of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. I think it is important that we remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father both made for us. But His suffering and death weren't enough--He had to live again in order to completely conquer death for us...and He did it. And because He lives, we too can live. There is a beautiful video that talks about his sacrifice at √Č (thats the spanish page..I'm not sure what the english one is). I invite everyone to watch and share that video, especially during such an important time of year, when so many are brought to remember Him.

I hope you all have a great week, a happy easter, and a great general conference weekend. I hope you all know that I'm fine and that I love you all.

Elder Webster