Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013

Friends and Family,
As of yesterday, I can now say that I ate menudo. Menudo is a dish that Hispanics, mostly Mexican's, eat. It consists of: Intestines. It is the dish that all missionaries fear, and Elder Clark and I ate the whole thing. (see pictures).

This week was an eventful week. The week's unique events started with a 9 hour meeting with Brother Wade who is Director of Operations in the Missionary Department for the world and Bro. Ware who is in charge of the Referral Center for the world. They taught us about the doctrine of Christ, and how we are teaching people three basic principles in our three first lessons.

1: Revelation. We teach people that God has, does and will reveal things to people through revelation. We help people start receiving their own revelation through prayer.

2: Atonement. We teach the Plan of Salvation (also known as the plan of happiness), how it is all centered on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and why we must apply that in our lives.

3: The Way. We teach about Faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and remaining faithful until the end of their lives; or in other words, how we apply the saving power of the atonement in our lives. 

The next day, we had the opportunity (Elder Clark and I) to teach our first Zone Training Meeting. This is a new training tool that the Church started this month, and it consists of us teaching and helping our zone practice for 2-3 hours once a month. It truly was a revelatory experience, and I believe our zone profited greatly from the training.

We live in the basement apartment
This week as well, we spent a large amount of time digging ourselves out of over a foot of snow that we got in Kearns. It's been between 3-8 degrees this whole week, which has been a nice blessing because all of the Hispanics we teach are in their houses now due to the slack in work outside due to the elements. 

We also had the privilege of attending a performance called "Luz de las Naciones" performed in the tabernacle by various Spanish wards and branches in the valley. I'll describe this more next week when I have pictures (on my companion's camera!). 

The work of the Lord goes onward, and I'm grateful to be a part of it. I'm thankful for the scriptures and the hidden treasures I’m beginning to find each day in studying them deeply. This is the church of Jesus Christ, and I am one of His representatives. I know this to be His work, His church, and His glory. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Toborg

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