Let´s start with Spanish! How can you not? So one of my favorite things about Español is that it sheads more light on the gospel for English speakers! For example: the missionary scripture "see that you serve him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength" is wonderful and amazing! Plus is really let´s all the missionaries of this world know how we should be serving everyday! But in Español it is this: "mirad que le sirvías con todo corazón, alma, mente, y fuerza" Now most of those are the same things in English except for one! Alma means soul which is kind of like "might" but gives it a new meaning! "with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength". And from what I´ve seen in the CCM (Centro Capacitación Misional) the missionaries is that are the happiest are the ones that give it their all. Give all of their heart and mind and strength. But also their whole soul! I learn so many new things everyday because of this! That is Miracle #1
Miracle #2: Learning about the spirit! In 2008 Elder David A. Bednar gave wonderful talk in the MTC in Provo. We got the chance to watch the recording here in the beautiful CCM, (did I ever mention that it is like 70 degrees all day! The weather is literally perfect) Anyways back to Bednar. He started off his talk explaining, "What do you think, 4 years being an apostale, is the most asked question by members of this church as I travel?" His answer was: "Elder Bednar, how do I know if something I feel is of the Holy Ghost or of me?" His answer was bold and special: "Quit worrying about it!" I was kind of shocked what did he mean? As the talk went on, I learned what he meant was, most of the time in our lives we recieve promptings from the Spirit and we don´t even know about it (Look up the 20 or 40 mark story about him and Elder Packer) If we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, In his words: "Being a good boy and good girl", almost every thought is from the Spirit. We just have to be bold enough to follow it even when the spirit is speaking so softly. Because as we do what we are supposed to do in this life, we get closer and closer to thinking what our Father in Heaven speaks. Kind of sheads some light on the scripture where Christ says: "And the I in the Father. And the Father in me" Because there is no doubt Christ got to the point where every thought was His Father´s. So Quit worrying about it!
Miracle #3: Ayuno. Which means fast, or literally I fast. Fastwas great because of a party! What? A party you say! Yes about 10 meters away from the CCM is a Catholic church that started to play rock music on sundays becasue their congregation wasn´t big enough. And the fundraisers that the church has are on Easter and last Sunday yearly. There was Loud music from 8 in the morning till 8 at night. It literally shock the building during sacrament. The music got louder and louder becasue their biggest sponser is a local beer.. How were we ever going to feel Spirit during fast and testimony meeting? How? Through all of our increased desire for the spirit because of the music. I searched for it, so I found it. A miracle. A real testiment to the setting apart of a missionary absolutely great!
And now the llama for 3000 pesos which is about a dollar in the US. Probably the best dollar I have ever spent! So we got to go to the top of Bogota today and see the whole country side! Or in this case a picture of 9 million people in one counrty! Glorious! And for those in Colombia a testiment that God is preparing those people in that city for them and others.
I add my testimony. This is His Church. He directs it. His power will never be taken off the Earth before the coming of our Lord and Savior. Oh what joy if we bring but one soul unto Him. Open your mouth my family of Latter-Day Saints. People need to hear this and God will direct you if you Embark in this wonderful Journey! Which can be everday no mattter where you are!
Lots of Love from Colombia!
A Llama for 3,000!