Monday, October 16, 2017

10/16/17 HE loves you:)

Hola,

Another week has come and gone here in San Benito. We are working hard and seeing miracles. I was able to learn a lot in our Conference with President Salerno, and feel the Spirit as we taught throughout the week. Our conference with President was different from all of the conferences I have been in. We went in Pday clothes and had "Boot Camp"! We did a obstacle race and related it to the problems, and obstacles we have as missionaries here in our zone. It was weird to see President in normal clothes haha!

We are starting to see a little progress in the marriage game. Jeanette and Julio are in Chile for the week, and hopefully Jeanettes divorce papers from her last marriage are there and we can start planning their wedding. Juan wants his girlfriend to start to listen to us and hopefully we can start teaching the whole family.

One of our members that give us lunch is letting us teach their grandson! His name is Franco and is ten years old. His mom is inactive and dad is a nonmember. Franco is a goalie for his soccer team, and loves it. He plays on team that is going to Buenos Aires in a few weeks for a tournament. The Book of Mormon stands out to him. Cool to see even a ten year old can see and feel the power that book has. If we get the permission of his parents he will be baptized in two weeks!:)

This week I gave a baptismal interview to one of the Sisters investigators. His name is Gonzalo. We had an amazing chat. He changed my look on the Atonement. For the better of course. I gained a testimony on why we have the Atonement. Of course I knew and understood before, but the Spirit I felt and love we felt together speaking of WHY Christ did it, Why we have to keep trying, Why its never over, Why no matter what happens before, or after baptism we can be cleansed from those sins. Do we have to be perfect? Never! Does Heavenly Father want us to? Yes, but does He know we wont? Of course and thats why He sent His son. They dont care what you have done, where you are in your repentence process, or if you arent sure if they exist. Go to them! Feel their love they have for you! Try! Change! Never give up! Its not worth it to let the adversary win for a short while, win they wont win the end.

I know this is Chirsts church. The Book of Mormon is powerful. Read it. Love it, and pray about its words and teachings. I know they are true and can bless YOUR LIFE. Whos life? Yours! So read it and I promise you that God your Heavenly Father will send His love!:) Les Quiero!:)

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:)


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Monday, October 9, 2017

10/9/17 Personal Revelation!

Hola Todos,

My week was okay, sometimes you have to have alright weeks to see the good in the good ones. I spent a lot of time trying to find a few answers to a few questions I had. Good news I found them and it came through reading the Book of Mormon. What an amazing blessing we have to be able to reciever personal revelation.

The highlight of the week was doing an Open House for one of the churches in the zone. I had the opurtunity to wear my baptismal clothes and teach baptism and the holy ghost as people came through the church. It was amazing to see the Spirit work in their hearts as we taught about the first covenant we make with our Father in Heaven. We had some down time waiting for people to come through and Elder Oviatt (one of my mission buddies) and I talked it up. Shared stories, made plans for our missions and lives, and in a whole I was able to clear my head and get focused in for my last few months here in the mission.

Our investigators are still doing good. They all need to get married besides two so we hope we can help Jorge and Franco make it to their baptisms soon. Just being able to work, and teach is something I am grateful for. My whole mission I have taken it for granted and with just a few months left I want to be able to enjoy it!

Well I know this is the true church. We can read the scriptures and pray to our loving Father in Heaven to recieve answers. I know they come. Christs Atonement is real. Use it! Never give up. Get worthy or stay worthy! Love you kids, and you kids love your parents. Remember that families are forever! I know its true, and no matter what we have done in our lives, Christ can clean us through our actions and desires to repent. We dont have to be perfect, and so dont expect perfection from others or yourself. As we TRY together as a family, if its a ward family or a family, or as friends we recieve the blessings of the gospel. Les Quiero Mucho!:)

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:))

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Monday, October 2, 2017

10/2/17 Les Quiero:)

Hola Todos,

How was your weekend watching general conference? If you didnt get the chance to watch it, go and watch, read, or listen to it this week. We were able to watch every session and in English. Even though I have almost two years here I still love English. A few things I loved from conference was the center on our Savior Jesus Christ. Hearing as we center our lives on Him, made me make a few goals to really center my life on the Savior. Now what does that really mean? I feel like it means something different for each one of us. I invite you to make a goal and put one more thing into your life that helps you center it on Christ. As Uchtdorf said, "Your life will get BETTER." Dont we all want that?

Elder Aviles and I are working well together. We found a lot of new people this week and found out that one of our investigators is having a baby this week! Its going to be kinda crazy for her, but we are hoping that it will help her boyfriend want to get married. Her name is Anabela. She is only 19 and this will be her 2nd kid. She wants to change her life. She told us that she wants to get baptized, but knows she cant till she is married. Time to play cupid and help those crazies get married. Juan is doing well but wasnt able to come to conference because of work.... sad but life here in San Benito. He told us that he has good news for us this week... I hope its news that he proposed to his girlfriend and is getting married! haha thats the growing problem in San Benito, no one is married. Jorge came to conference and it was a nice miracle after not seeing him the whole week! Jorge is sooo close to baptism, and we hope he felt something in conference. I saw him smile as he was leaving the church. First time I have seen the man smile. The spirit brings joy!

I know that  this is the church of our Savior Jesus Christ. He established this same church when He was on this Earth before. Through Joseph Smith, our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ restored this same church. Because of this we know that all the things we need for a church are here today. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. Read it. Pray to know if its true. I promise you that you will recieve an answer. I know its true and from God. We can learn from its pages, and apply the principles into our lives. Thats how we change. Thats how we repent. When we try to change, when we try to do whats right, when we put all we can put into doing what we know we should, Christ makes up the rest. The truth is He already has. We just have to do our part. Do it. I promise you blessings, happiness, and everlasting joy! For I know its true. Les Quiero mucho!!

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:)
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Monday, September 25, 2017

9/25/17 General Conference Is Coming!!

Hola Todos,

This last week went by sooo fast. A lof changes are coming into the our Zone and we are starting to make a lot of changes in ourselves as missionaries. We recieved transfers and my companion Elder Aviles and I are staying together. Two of my best buds from one of my areas are going to be in my district and Elder Febbo is staying in my district. The Lord has blessed me to be around the people I love as I finish my mission. With only three more months to go I have relized the importance of using my time wisely to complete the goals I have in my mission. As I mentioned last week Presidente Salerno has helped me see and start to reach my potential as a missionary, member of the church, future father and husband, and person in general.

Juan is the MVP from this last week. We had a three hour lesson with him talking about everything and everything. He thinks all of the crazy rules we have as missionaries are really funny. I looked at me like I was crazy when I told him that we have to be in the pension at 10 oclock every night. On a more spiritual note he said he wants to be baptized but in a little while. He wants to make sure he is truly repented to make the convenant of baptism. Amazing and beautiful stuff. Juan also calls himself Juan the Smith, because he said he is just like Joseph Smith who looked for what church was the church of Christ. He love the Restoration and is progressing like crazy.

At church we had our Branch Conference. During Sunday School the District Presidency got us five references. They also asked Juan in front of everyone during the class, what he had heard about the church before he came the first time. It was sooo funny to hear his answers and the mean things he said about the church without feeling embarrased or scared. He is sooo funny and calls me "his gringo" haha.

The church is true. What more can I say? Love it and live it. Share it and teach it. Listen and improve everyday and you will see how amazing repentence feels. How Christ can mold, and change the bad things into good things in your life. He loves you so much that He will break you down until you are ready to make the change He wants to and needs you to make. Be humble enough to do it and you will see the blessings flow into your life. I promise you that its true. I know it is. I have seen the changes in my life and in others. I know Christ lives and reveals His truth through prophets.

This week is General Conference. WATCH IT, LISTEN TO IT, AND LEARN FROM IT. Take your doubts to the source of revelation in this modern day. Have the faith to listen to our living day prophet. I know Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today and WILL teach us what our Saviour needs of us in these next six months of our lives. Les Quiero Mucho:)

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo!!:))))

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Monday, September 18, 2017

9/18/17 He Loves You:)

Hola Todos,

This week was amazing. We had a lot of days of being able to listen and learn from our loving mission president, Presidente Salerno and his wife Hermana Salerno. They love us and I was able to feel their love and more importantly Christs love for me this week. Sometimes even us missionaries need to recieve help.

After all of our amazing conferences with President and Hermana Salerno we began teaching to have an amazing Sunday with a lot of investigators at church. After a million phone calls, lessons, and small door invites. Juan came to church. He came last week as well and is loving the FEELING he has at church. Jeanette and Julio came as well. They are waiting for divorce papers from the last marriage of Jeanette and then they we get married and baptized. Sunday was a day of missionary talks. Two missionaries are going home this week and the branch had someone return from his mission. The spirit was there and I know Juan, Julio, and Jeanette felt it. I was able to give my testimony on the Atonement of Christ during Sacrament as well. Something I am beginning to treasure.

I was also able to have an interview with President Salerno. In my interview we talked about my future. We planned my last three months here together and I am excited. There is a lot to do and I am happy to be able to help in the work of the Lord. President shared his love with me and when he started to pray to end the interview I lost it and just started crying my little eyes out. I look at him and just hugged him. He has had to put up with me for the last 15 months. I really love him.

If there is anything I want to tell each and every one of you, it is that I know that Christ lives. He loves us. Now think about that. Christ loves you. He knows you. He suffered individually for you, and knows all that you feel, felt, and will feel. Sometimes its hard to let His love into our lives. We think all is lost and that we should just give up. Dont ever do it. Never! Why? Because through His Atonement we can be cleansed and made clean and worthy. We can feel the peace, love, joy, happiness, and excitement of knowing we are worthy to do our Fathers will as Christ did. I know that this is His church. Jesus has one church and he runs it. He is the head of the church and through prophets we are instructed on what He, Christ needs us to do. Read the scriptures, and learn from the prophets. Read the talks from General Conference and learn from the prophets. Pray for help, and act of the feelings you recieve. The faith we have doenst do us any good until we ACT. Until we do something with the believes and knowledge we have. Go to church, renew your covenants. Go to the temple and feel the blessings of working in the house of the Lord. Feel His presence. Love your Father in Heaven and you will feel His love. I know its true, all of it. I feel it. I try to live it and when I mess up, I keep trying. Lets try to together. Thats all He asks from us. We arent perfect, and its okay that way!

Les Quiero Mucho!:)

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:))

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