May 16, 2016

Hola Familia!

I am doing awesome this week! The work here in Sweet Home is going along and this week we have really been trying just to meet more people and contact more people. We have a big potential pool in our area book. Potentials are people who missionaries have met before either while walking around or knocking on doors that showed interest in learning more about the gospel. So Sister Bennion and I have been trying to knock on those doors and see if the people still live there and if so if they are still interested. And we are also calling those who only have phone numbers to see about them. It takes time and we don’t always get answers but the end result will be worth it. Which is making sure our time is spent effectively and that we are teaching the people who really want the blessings of the gospel in their lives.

We have also been doing a lot of service this week. It was kind of crazy how much service we did this week but the Lord needed us to help his people this week through service.

I did have a baptism this week. It was a little girl named Alyssa who got baptized and she was so excited and nervous about it. She is a daughter of members who just wanted to know for sure that this church was the right one so we (the missionaries) went over and taught her the simple truths of the gospel and she found through prayer and reading the scriptures and going to church that she knew this church was true. It was really special to see her testimony grow and to see her knowledge grow. She is pretty awesome.

I also met a 100 year old lady this week and she was still going strong. She had a walker but otherwise she was still going about her life. It was really neat to be able to talk to her about her life.

Spiritual thought this week is from Helaman 10:4-5.
“Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.”

This scripture really touched my heart this week because I put my name in place of Nephi’s. As a missionary it really struck a chord that if I am doing these things (v4) then these are the blessings I will receive (v5). And then I had the thought it also applies to me as a member. We shared this though with a member and she said that sometimes we underestimate the power we have as members of the church. This scripture shows us that the Lord has promised us if we share the gospel with no fear and keep his commandments and seek His will, then we can be mighty in word, deed, faith, works, etc. This is a promise and if we are willing to try it for ourselves, you will find that the Lord fulfills his promises and that he will use you as an instrument in his hand. We are powerful sons and daughters of God and we can show that light to those around us through small and simple things.

I know that God loves us each and every one and that is why he gave us his Son, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and overcome death through resurrection. I know that God is waiting to give us blessings and that as we strive to live the gospel and follow Christ that we will be blessed. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and if you ever feel like you need some extra strength in your life, the Book of Mormon can give it to you. It is powerful.

Love you lots and have a fantastic week!

Love,

Sister Elizondo
Oregon Salem Mission
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