Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nov 19 , 2012

Hello Friends and Family!

This week the Snow all melted in one day from rain, and the temperature has been going up slowly every day, so no stories about more snow adventures.

This week my companion and I focused a lot more on the central theme of our purpose, our purpose being "To Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the End." - Preach My Gospel pg 1. Central to those 5 things is BAPTISM. As we changed all of our teaching to be focused on the saving ordnance of baptism, we've seen more rejection but at the same time more success with our current investigators. We have two on date for the 25th of November, however the father did not show up to church so it looks like we'll have to push their marriage and baptism off for at least another week.

We have a married couple named Jose and Arcelia who we've been teaching for a while. Jose, a 6'3, 300lb ex-gang member, has a very, very colorful past, and he believes he cannot be forgiven for what he has done. Thankfully we found him and we have brought him the way he can be forgiven, through Jesus Christ. We will be taking the pair of them down to Temple Square tomorrow to have a lesson from the sisters down there. They've been praying every night, but Jose thinks that the only sign that the church is true is if he obtains a Job, which is what he has been praying for. We clarified that he needs to be praying to know if the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God, which means that Joseph Smith restored Jesus Christ's priesthood authority to perform baptism unto the remission of sins. Once they know the Book of Mormon is true, Jose can become clean from his past. We're so excited for them!

Wow Christy Corbitt got her call to Brazil!? That's amazing! Looks like she's going to have to learn a different language! Elder Gomez says that Portuguese sounds like drunken Spanish.

I was so happy to see the pictures Peter sent from Veracruz, he looks like he's having a blast with his already yellow shirts :) All the families he took pictures of, and the parties, look the exact same as the people and parties I see every day here in Utah. It's really all about the culture that the people bring with them everywhere they go I guess!

Thanksgiving is coming up this week; better known as "dinner from 2pm - 9pm" here in the mission field. I'll be ready to do a 40 day fast after Thanksgiving Day. As the Christmas season approaches, make sure to focus on the season of Christ, and how he displayed perfect charity by giving. Never once did Christ do something for himself, he always turned outward. Try to do that this Christmas season, turn outward, don't worry gifts will come, so one might as well put your effort into helping others rather than thinking of oneself!

I've started to read the Bible. Somehow I got caught up in the stories in Genesis that I was lead to from the footnotes in the Book of Mormon, and next thing I know I'm on Genesis 25! The Bible truly is the word of God, and confirms all the things we learn here in Jesus Christ's church.

2 Peter 1:5-7; After the covenants of Baptism and Receiving the Holy Ghost, we should:
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

It begins with our covenants, our diligence, our faith, our virtue, our knowledge, and then we starting giving to others by temperance (or self-control), patience with others, Godliness (or reverence), Brotherly Kindness, and Charity (pure love of Christ to be given to others).

I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior. We must do the essential things such as faith, repentance, baptism or renewing of baptism through the sacrament, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and then enduring till the end. Always repent as soon as possible. Love God, not man.

Love to all!

-Elder Toborg-

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