I hope that you have all had a great week, my week was great and full of miracles and hope. I guess that I'll start with my spiritual thought for the week that I learned. It starts with the question ¿Como esta, espiritualmente? or ¿how are you spiritually? I've been studying the Plan of Salvation a lot lately and something about the spiritual death ( I think thats how you say it in english...) really hit me. Many times we think that the spiritual death only comes when we have been resurrected and are separated from Heavenly Father after this life. This is true, and a part of spiritual death. But, in a very real sense, we can be spiritually dead while living here on earth. In Alma 42:9 we read that being spiritually dead means that we are separated from the prescence of the Lord and His influence. Every time we sin and don't repent, we are spiritually dead and unable to feel the Spirit like we could, we are unable to build the kingdom of God here on Earth like we could. In other words, we are not fulfilling our divine potential as children of God. It is my hope that we may all remember this and that we will fix and repair our souls and fulfill and reach our divine potential and help in the work of salvation. Being spiritually dead is a real thing and it's a loss to yourself and an even greater loss to God, He mourns over every soul he loses, but His joy is even greater that His sorrow when a sinner repents and comes to Christ again and is spiritually alive. I know that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God and I hope that we can help all people redeem themselves and overcome this death through the gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. I write these things in his name, Amen.
Also, we have had some incredible experiences with A____ this week. We invited him to fast with us to know if Jose Smith was a prophet of God and if our message is true, and he fasted! The people here are very receptive to our message, but to get them to pray about it is hard, so you can only imagine what its like to get an investigator to fast! It was an incredible experience and when we passed by the next day to pray to end the fast he let us know that he know for himself that this message is true. He knows that Jose Smith era un profeta de Dios y que nuestra mensaje es verdadera. But just like before every great spiritual moment, there's always a trial to test your faith. This trial came Sunday morning for us and A_____ when he called us just before sacrament meeting to let us know that he had relapsed in the morning and wasn't in a right state to come to church. Were going to have to push his baptismal date back to the 28 of this month but its going to be ok because he has great faith. He called us to let us know that he sincerely wants help to overcome this part of his life. He is very honest with us and let us know what happened and why. He feels remorse for it and wants to change. He is experimenting the process of repentance, it is painful but if he is to reach his full potential that he knows he can reach, he needs to follow through with this and I know he will.
This week we had a bunch of our less actives that weve been reactivating go to the temple to do work for the dead and their antepasados and they all had a great time and learned a lot and really felt the spirit. This week was filled with success and I'm greateful for all the faithful saints here that have desires to be spiritually alive and draw nearer and nearer to Christ.
Were also working on getting 2 couples married. The parents of Y____, one of my recent converts, and also of two members that have 4 children. I'm excited for them to start progressing more and more!
This week this feral cat got into our room somehow so that was fun to, we think that he's come in before but we just happened to catch him this time.... first it's fruit flies, then cockroaches, then feral cats. Who knows, maybe the perros will start moving in...
But yeah, this was my week. I hope you all have a great week and remember who y'all are!
Con mucho amor,
|Elder Potter and Elder G.|
|The intruding feral cat|