Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Monday night Elder Jared Fernandez, from Buenos Aires, one of our past missionaries came to dinner with his future wife, Karolay. It was so wonderful to meet her.
As we sat visiting, Karolay opened our printed blog books and found in the first month of our mission a picture of her at her baptism. She was baptized by Elder Jorden Massey, and we were at her baptism, almost 3 years ago.
Karolay remained friends with "her missionaries", Elder Massey and Elder Mollo.
As Elder Mollo and Elder Fernandez were friends on Facebook, where Karolay and Jared found each other, and are now planning a wedding for this next winter
(or summer if you are in the northern hemisphere).
Bother Elder Massey and Elder Mollo are married and their wives are expecting babies.
Our family is growing!
Monday, March 28, 2016
One of the things we emphasize in the mission is temple attendance.
We love to be with our missionaries in the temple.
We love to see those we have taught, come to the temple and receive the sacred ordinances and covenants they need for their eternal exaltation.
The only place to receive these gifts, or endowment from our Heavenly Father, is within His Holy Temple. These ordinances are performed by a person who has the authority to act is God's name,
this is called the power of the priesthood.
Eternal marriages are also performed in LDS temples around the world. We call this being sealed.
This is when a man and a woman are married, or sealed together in the temple, making a sacred covenant with each other and the Lord to be faithful and true.
If families remain faithful to their sealing covenant they will be together forever,
not just "until death do you part."
In the temple, we worship Jesus Christ. We learn of Jesus Christ, and of His atoning sacrifice for us.
Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father,
and the Savior of the World.
In the temple we not only do ordinances for ourselves, but also for our ancestors. The ordinances of baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, the Endowment and Sealings are performed for our family members who have passed away without receiving this saving ordinances.
They are then free to accept the ordinances done in their behalf if they so choose.
In the temple we learn about God's Plan of Salvation, make covenants, and are blessed.
The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple.They are beautiful.
They are sacred.
The Temple is a place of personal revelation, a place to find peace and solace during times of trial and difficulty.
We prepare to receive personal revelation through regular scripture study, prayer, obedience, fasting and church attendance.
Those who desire to enter the temple must be worth to do so.
Keeping God's commandments develops our spirituality by becoming more like Christ.
If you would like to see more pictures of temples
Sister Vaughan and Sister Angell planned a great activity day in Pacasmayo for the
Guadalupe and Casa Grande Zones.
|Missionaries played Crab Soccer,|
|and Water Balloon Volley-ball.|
The 6 teams had a great day.
Elder Olsen, Elder Tuner, Elder Dayton, Elder Smith, Elder Casco, Elder Bishop, Elder Ledezma, Elder Perez, Elder Espinoza, Hermana Williams, Hermana Garcia, Hermana Arroyo and Hermana Sandoval.
Hermana Chavez, Hermana Sanchez, Elder McKamey, Elder Jimenez, Elder Mejia, Elder Quiñonez, Elder Israel, Elder Leon, Hermana Ramirez, Hermana South, Elder Gubler, Elder Terry, Elder Marshall front: Elder Quiroz, Elder Alles and Hermana Angell.
|Elder Bishop got blisters and popped them playing, " Ultimate Crab Soccer."|
Sister Vaughan got drenched when a water balloon exploded that she was filling.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
We started the day by attending the temple,
it was wonderful to be in the temple with these three marvelous zones.
|Though the hour was early, everyone was full of joy and smiles.|
|You couldn't have happier Zone Leaders than Elder Mendoza and Elder Rareba.|
|Sister Sandoval and Sister Garcia serving in Guadalupe, are always full of joy.|
|Music is always a big part of our meetings, we love how it|
invites the spirit.
Elder Smith, Elder Terry and Elder Bishop.
|Sister South and Sister Ramirez, Sister Leader Trainers from the Guadalupe zone.|
|Practicing with President Marler.|
Below, Sister Garcia and Sister Sandoval with their new companion, Sister Beasley.
Day 2 of Mutli Zone Conferences.
|Elder Craft and Elder Marshall taught methods of Studying the|
scriptures. "Everyone has their own method of studying,
we just have to plan and then do it."
|Missionaries also shared how they study and what value it|
gives their lives to daily feast upon the words of Christ.
|Elder Wirthlin and Chocavilca planning how to keep people on the escalator.|
|Which of our investigators are on which step?|
How can I help them progress?
We love the input from each missionary,
|...and the music.|
We ended the meeting by singing Happy Birthday to Sister Tonga...great day!