Monday, May 13, 2013

Freddy Quintana

May 13, 2013

I'll be brief,

Elder Jeffery R. Holland came to speak to our mission. He invoked the powers of the spirit to touch our hearts and change us. He truly did. He reminded me of the promise that I made during baptism, to always remember Jesus Christ. Am I doing that enough? I certainly could do it more. Elder Holland bore powerful testimony that he was a witness of Christ, not bearing a witness anymore, but that he is a witness that Christ lives.

It was such a pleasure to see my family on Mother’s Day, they haven't changed, nor has the house, besides a complete desecration of my room, but that's to be expected.

We had a baptism last night (Mother’s Day night) of the ex-felon Freddy Quintana. He is an example of repentance and turning toward Christ. He still has a long way to go, but he can do it if he leans on the scriptures and prayer.

I've been eating a lot from taco stands; hope I don't get any strange Mexican disease from Veracruz... But since it tastes so good I don't mind.

We're pushing to break records for baptisms in one zone, but it will take miracles. Pray for missionary opportunities, they will come to you if you pray with faith, I’ve seen it.

I also included pictures from the Reeves Family baptism (in last blog post); they are a real example of the kingdom of God growing. I want that for every ward in the world! It's only possible through members.

Love you all!

-Elder Toborg-

Monday, May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

The Reeves Family
This last weekend we had a beautiful baptism and confirmation of the Reeves family (see pictures). It was a magnificent example of real growth in the kingdom of God. Ronnie (father) and Kaydon (son) were baptized by their uncles, and then confirmed in sacrament meeting by members of the ward. They now have friends that will keep them in the church. That is one of the most difficult challenges; people won't just be a friend. Also, here in Utah we ask everyone multiple times for referrals of people we can teach the gospel, and 9/10 times its "I don't know anyone who isn't LDS!" Well, here's some news for you from President George Albert Smith:

"We will attain our exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom only on the condition that we share with our Father’s other children the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and observe the commandments that will enrich our lives here and hereafter” (Sharing the Gospel with Others, 190).

Baptism of Ronnie & Kaydon Reeves
Lesson? You can't be exalted unless you share the gospel for your whole life. Interesting huh?
Elder Talentino
Kearns, Utah

Anyway, I spend most of my life in a 2012 Ford Fusion, so I thought I’d include some pictures of what my life looks like.

We've got another baptism coming up this next weekend for Freddy Quintana, he has such a sincere heart and is trying to repent, he just has so many addictions to kick. Thankfully, we have the power of God, the priesthood, and so we gave him a blessing to heal him. Now it's up to his faith if he can be healed, for I know he will be healed if it is the will of God.

I'm learning a lot about the Priesthood, in our interviews last week, our mission president focused on each of our testimonies. A testimony should always include 5 parts:

 1.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ and his role as Savior and Redeemer of the World.

 2.  The restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

 3.  The Book of Mormon is the word of God.

 4.  The priesthood and its power and authority are once again upon the earth.

 5.  We have a living prophet on the earth today and Thomas S. Monson is that prophet.

 The only way to get these 5 down? Practice! Fast & Testimony meetings! How do we strengthen our physical bodies? We tear them apart, use them up, and then they heal, stronger than before. The same principle applies to our spiritual bodies, we need to use them up and they will become stronger. I have a little advantage right now, 6 Sacrament meetings to go to, and I testify out on the street and during lessons, but I know there are opportunities. Go out with the missionaries, they can help you solidify your testimonies!

We had quite a few meetings this week; one was with the zone leaders and Elder Steven B. Allen, who is in charge of the entire world for missionary work. He has been known to smash, rip and tear zone leaders apart, but this week we had two sisters joining us as "training sisters" and so he went soft on us. We learned that we really need to be teaching repentance, and not just the actions to stop sinning. We've been hammering repentance lately and we've seen a lot of results too, a lot of tears...

Love you All! Happy Mother’s Day!

-Elder Toborg-