November 25, 2013
Friends and Family,
This week has been a great time to reflect upon the visions and goals that the Lord has for each and everyone one of us. He wants us to become something great. In order to teach us, we must be humble. Humility includes accepting the will of God before our own will. At times we want to fight back with pride. Pride is saying "let my will be done, and not thine." The Lord will have a humble people, we can choose to be humble, or the Lord can compel us to be humble through our trials. Alma 32:16 states the blessing we can receive as we humble ourselves first.
"Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe."
I love the emphasis the scriptures have on Baptism! We really can't progress anywhere until we've been forgiven of our mistakes, and tasted of the Savior's love. Once this happens, our eyes can be opened to the mysteries of the Lord, this certainly has happened to me on my mission as i repent daily.
This week we had two of the Godoy family members come, Allan and Cindy, who are both on date to be baptized on the 14th. They're conversion has been amazing. Their mother is less-active, and knows very little about the gospel, so we're re-teaching her with his family. We have high hopes for this family!
This Sunday, to everyone's surprise, our Branch President, President Salazar, was released after serving for 5 months. He's the best Branch President/Bishop i've ever seen. He's so loving and kind. We're not sure why he was released, perhaps because he had a full time job, full time school and was a branch president. We're going to keep working closely with him!
I've attached a wonderful picture that represents Kearns to me. This is the Lord's work and I'm excited to keep working!
- Elder Toborg