Monday, December 8, 2014
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Monday, December 1, 2014
I will never ceased to be amazed at the goodness and mercy of God. He takes time to remember all of His children, especially when they seek Him out with real intent, and with a broken heart and contrite spirit. So this is what happened. Belen didn´t get baptized. She called us on Tuesday and told us she had changed her mind. She feels that God will not condmemn her for being a good person (which He won´t, but that doesn´t eliminate the need for ordinances and making and keeping convenants). But NBD because Ximena (I was spelling it wrong all along...I¨m going back to 3rd grade with Billy Madison) has made some STELLAR progression! Her baptism is set for this Saturday at 7pm. With each passing day she becomes more and more prepared for it, her heart opens more and more, and her understanding grows; that day just can´t get here fast enough. I haven´t seen a change quite as drastic ever in my mission as I have seen in her. I mentioned this before, but it still continues to surprise me, the amount of love I feel for her and her family. It´s different with her and it´s difficult to describe, but I honestly feel like this was started before this life. It´s wierd, and I probably sound crazy, but it´s how I feel. Anyway!
This week there´s really only one thing on my mind: getting Ximena prepared for Saturday! It´s going to be the best baptismal service this ward has ever seen. She met quite a few people at church yesterday and a member of the bishopric came to a few lessons with us. She´s already becoming a part of the ward. We´re going to reteach her everthing throughout this week, on Friday she´ll have her baptismal interview, and then Saturday she makes a covenant with Heavenly Father! I¨m seriously so so excited.
In other news, our rolls were a super success at the Thanksgiving dinner, even though we made everyone wait 40 minutes for us to arrive! The rolls were worth it though. So mom, seeing that I am a pro now, next year I got the rolls, cool?
That´s all I have to write this week, because there´s really only one thing that I care about anymore and that´s Ximena. But life is really good, and we´re still doing really well. I love you all a lot and will talk to you next week! Loves!
Here´s a picture of all the stinking rolls we made. And yes they tasted as good as they look.
And this was the plate of food I ate at thanksgiving. The mashed potatoes are hidden under the rolls.
at 6:16 PM
Monday, November 24, 2014
Suuuuch a good week. I know I say that about every week, but seriously this time I think it was one of the best weeks of my mission. Elder Kearon from the 70 visited us and it was incredible, amazing, SPECTACULAR! And on top of that Sergio and Gimena have made some serious progress, and we set a fecha bautismal with a woman named Belen for the 7th of December, and it´s a solid fecha. Amazing week!Elder Kearon encouraged us all to change and grow and become better and I loved hearing his words. There were so many things that he said that I absolutley loved, but I´ll share just a few. So he talked about stretching and doing hard things, about going for the impossible. He said that Latter Day Saints have always faced adversity, resistance and challenge, but that´s okay because we thrive on it. I loved that a lot. He also talked a lot about choice, and making the decision to change, to become better. It´s our choice and Heavenly Father isn´t going to force us into anything. He loves us so much, He loves us exactly how we are right now, but He loves us enough to invite us to change. So we must decide to become better than what we are now. His wife mentioned the story from the bible of the rich youth, who in the search for eternal life asked the savior "what lack I yet?" That´s a great attitude that we must all have in order to really reach our full potential. And sometimes in our quest for improvement and refinement, we must do hard things, but no worries because we thrive in adversity. Sometimes, we must do what Moroni does, and want he does he does better than anyone. Stand alone. But it´s all worth it. I left that meeting totally and completely edified and inspired.We had had several meetings with Gimena and the Lord and the Spirit have been working hard with her. She´s progressed so much! She read a Plan of Salv. pamphlet and had a lot of questions and when we answered them all, you could see the wheels turning. She read the Book of Mormon saturday night and had a really big spiritual experience, and Sunday she was planning on surprising us at church (because before she said she wouldn´t be able to come), but in the end didn´t end up making it. But just the simple fact that she had started making plans to go to church on her own, that´s huge!! And last night we had another really great lesson, the Spirit was sooo strong as we read from the scriptures. She knows it´s true, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, she´s just afraid now of the commitment. She´s afraid that she won´t be able to do it, and because of that she would be worse off than before. So she gave herself her own commitment. During the next few days she´s going to not drink cofee nor tea in order to see if she really can do it. I know the Lord will show forth His power and help her. He´s done it with me when in the past I had to get up very early in the morning to go to work. We´ve been praying mightily for that blessing, so that her fear of committing herself will leave. Please PRAY with us, I know He will hear and answer our prayers.So that´s that. Belen will be baptized next Sunday. And Gimena will be baptized next Saturday the 6th after she sees the Lord´s power and realizes that she can do this, and that His yoke really IS easy and His burden light. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of our friends (we no longer call them "investigators"). I know the Lord has great power and can bring forth this mighty miracle. There are few miracles as great as seeing a person change their entire life for Christ´s sake and accept the restored Gospel. It really is something miraculous. I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week and enjoy Thanksgiving! Loves!Elder Webb
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Monday, November 17, 2014
Hola familia!Really great week this time. The Lord has lots of power, did you know that? And if we simple have faith and show Him that faith by our actions, then His power always comes down and works mighty miracles. We had quite a few investagators at church, and they all had really good experiences. A couple were saying that they felt the words said were intended specifically for them. Liset was finally able to get confirmed! She and her son have been in and out of the hospital for weeks and she hasn´t been able to come to church, but finally yesterday she made it. Because of the recent flood of baptisms we´ve had, we´ve been working a lot with recent converts. The work has changed a lot since I started. It´s now our responsability as missionaries to take care of our converts after baptism, reteaching them the lessons and having contact with them daily for the first 3-4 months. That change took place in the summer, and now I´m getting a really good understanding of why. The RC are progessing so well! Thank you for all your prayers.We had intercambios with the Zone Leaders and it was really helpful for my companion, it "opened his eyes" he keeps saying. So now starts the transistion process where he starts taking over, and by the last week he´s the señor companion. It´s gonna be fun!A highlight of the week was yesterday and the fact that two of my favorite people on the planet came to church. Sergio and Gimena. I don´t think I have loved investigators more on my mission, than how much I love them. They were the ones that kept saying that the messages and words were intended specifically for them. They loved church! And kept saying that it surpassed all their expectations. At the rate they´re going they will be baptized soon, I jsut really hope they make the decision before I leave!! But they have a really specially spot in my heart and I´m really greatful that I have been allowed to get to know them and too see the change take place in their heart.On Thursday Elder Kearon of the Seventy is coming to visit us. It´s going to be really good. I´m excited to see what he decides to tell us as a mission, and for the things we can do to improve. I hope he´s blunt and calls us all to repentance. There´s always room for improvement, and I don´t know why but I like it when I get "called to repentance", meaning someone is straightforward with me and tells me what I´m lacking in and where I can improve. You have to be kind of hard to do it, in spanish it´s called giving "caña". So I hope he gives us lots of caña haha.I love you family and I want you to know that I LOVE being a missionary. Have a really great week and remember to have faith because He can do ANYTHING with our faith. When things get rough, or scary, or lonely, don´t doubt! Keep moving forward, and keep having faith. Loves!Elder WebbSergio and Gimena! I love them!President and Hermana Deere
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