Monday, May 23, 2016

Swallowed Up


You're right, those flowers are beautiful. Grandma also looks happy and that makes me happy. I'm also glad to hear that your talk went well and that you and Sadie were able to go to the show, it looked incredible! This week was really good. We were able to have a lot of success with our investigators coming to church yesterday and I can see their progression every time that we teach them. Don't get me wrong, they still each have their little problems and false traditions of men, but I have a lot of hope for these people! This week for service, a woman that we "rescued" (she was inactive but now she's attending again) asked us to come and help her do some things around the house. We helped clean and went to the mercado with her to buy food for the week to cook. She also happens to be the mom of one of our investigators, Homero. While we were following her around and helping pick out tomatoes and carrying bags, one of the workers asked her if Hermana Antunez and I were her daughters in law! We both blushed, pointed at our badges and explained what we do. It was really funny and embarrassing and the hermana said she would like to have daughters in laws like us. It definately made it worse hahaha!  We are working a lot with a new family who are really great (familia Rodas). We are working also to get them married (we are still working with Maria and Luis as well but Luis is objecting to marriage). 

Hermana Antunez has made a new game out of trying to scare the dogs in the street and catch them off gaurd. But then they always try to attack us and we both end up laughing and she, almost crying. We also went on a field trip to the hospital twice this week but after a lot of tests and waiting rooms, nothing is wrong and my comp is healthy! 

We had a lot of spiritual experiences this week as well. A little message I wanted to share with you guys is about keeping our eyes set on Christ. We were comparing Lehi's vision in first Nephi with the story of Peter in Matthew 14. In Lehi's dream, he saw the tree of life, the great and spacious building, the river etc Nephi asked to know the significance of the dream and he too was able to see it. In 1 Nephi 15:26-27 it says: the And they said unto me: What meaneth the river of water which our father saw? And I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness; and so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water." Lehi was SO concentrated in the tree of life (the love of God), SWALLOWED UP even, that he wasn't able to see the filthiness and temptations of the water. In Matthew 14, Peter had a similar experience:
"And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

When Peter took his eyes away from the Savior, when his mind ceased to be SWALLOWED UP and his eyes weren't focused on the savior, but in the world around him, he then began to drown. I know that if we too have a "mente firme y un fe fuerte" we will be able to reach our eternal destination hand in hand with the Savior. Don't be distracted by the little things. I hope you have a good week!

Hermana Sav
"no pueden tomar fotos aqui" "do not take pictures here"TOO LATE!
Alcira y Cesar

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