Monday, February 18, 2013

Feb 18, 2013

Family and Friends,

This week went by incredibly fast. The secret? : Work! Working hard for a righteous purpose, whether it be to provide for the family, or to bring people closer to Christ, will make your time fly by. Good thing we're promised Eternity if we keep it up! Our time here on Earth is incredibly important. We have but a few moments to change our eternal life to come. It's not worth it to stay in sin, for if something were to happen, you'd be miserable the rest of eternity.

Yajaira Luque (E. Smith)
This week we helped Yajaira Luque to make the first step to a happy Eternity, by baptizing her. We pushed really hard to get her father to perform the baptism, but he and she insisted that I perform the baptism. The mother felt a very special spirit that she had not felt previously, and I’m glad to be able to take part in that. Now we need to keep her 100% active, or no happy eternity! Sometimes, people think that missionaries can convince people to be baptized. This is not the case; we must help them discover their own conversion through reading, prayer and coming to church.

We use "Key Indicators" or numbers to help push our goals to help people make these steps. These numbers are essential in helping us progress as missionaries, though it's easy to fall into a "do it for the numbers" mind set. There are souls behind each of those numbers. Our zone leaders told us to think every night; "have I helped someone today?" Regardless of your numbers, if that is a "no" then the day might as well be a 0. Let's do the same things in our lives by asking if we've helped someone today in any way. Let's follow the example of Jesus Christ by assisting people change their lives for the better.

I'm very grateful for the scriptures and the examples that they give us. Recently I just read the whole history of King David, how he started as a shepherd boy, and made his way up, through the giant Goliath, onwards to king. Throughout his life, he was persecuted by the previous king Saul; thus fulfilling the general line of those who follow the Lord will be persecuted. All it took, in the end, was for David's pride to get to him, for his power to overwhelm him, and for him to break the law of chastity once. Right after this incident, it says he tried to repent, but it was all downhill from there. Let us not make the same mistakes as other people have. One of my favorite quotes by Spencer W. Kimble goes along the lines of: "Those who make mistakes are fools, but those who make the same mistake that someone else already did is stupid."

This week we got to eat a lot of cake on Valentine’s Day. Hispanics love any chance to celebrate. We found ourselves trapped in the Luque home, facing another dinner and dessert at 9pm alongside the zone leaders who were with us, and our ward mission leader. We downed a whole cake and who knows how many chickens. I hope everyone had a tasty Valentine’s Day. Just remember, it's a holiday brought about to increase chocolate sales, so I hope you ate well!

I'm working hard with the district to change their attitudes toward this work; time is of essence, we don't have much time to change people's eternal outcomes. Speaking of time, I don't have more time on this computer, which means I’ll leave you all with my testimony.

I know this is the work of God himself, guided by his Son Jesus Christ, and a living day prophet, Thomas S. Monson. The gospel makes life better. Fact. Don't believe me? Try it out. Live it.

Take care, family and friends, love you all! Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Elder Toborg-


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