November 18, 2013
Friends and Family,
This week we had the wonderful opportunity of baptizing Concepción Calderon Garduno. She was insistent that I perform the ordinance, which we try to avoid, because we as missionaries leave, but the people in the branch stay. The emotions caused by the spirit were very strong, and we're hoping that her grandson, Eric, will want to follow suit. (He's the one in the picture trying to grab his Mom's face! Jokester, just like his father).
We're continuing to have more success as we work through the members; I encourage each of you to be a missionary by inviting your friends to hear about the gospel. Take out your phone, and invite every non-member you have to meet with the missionaries to hear more about the restored Gospel, and I’m sure you'll be surprised at how many will say yes!
We ate dinner beforehand at the Tovar's home. They fed us a salmon soup with shrimp. I had never seen salmon in a soup before, and the taste reminded me of Washington.
Recently, I have been reviewing the talks given at General Conference in October. There are many gems that I have found, and the one I'd like to share is by Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his talk entitled, "Like a broken Vessel."
Elder Holland began by directing his comments at all those who felt depressed or down spirited. I know he was speaking to those out there who are thinking about ending their life in this world, as to hope for some relief. We have the relief, it's right here, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the one who can heal any wound or make fair any situation.
I particularly loved his comments on having "Square shoulders and positive thinking." There are many hardships in life, and most of them we can handle if we will hold ourselves high, and see the potential in ourselves. Elder Holland went on to say that we if are presented with the bitter cup, be strong and drink it, and wait for better times. We can be firm in the moment, and as we rely on the Lord, he will strengthen us.
I know Christ lives, and we will live again as well. Let us humble ourselves and come to Him.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.