Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7/17/17 Repent and Change

Hola Todos,

This last week has been a week full of adventures and moments of repentence. To all those that have been worrying, praying, thinking, and fasting for me, thank you. I have truly felt the love and help this week. The week began with me not feeling well. I was homesick, sad, and really just wanted to give up. Problem number one was that I had no where to go to give up. Staying in the mission seemed terrible and going home not to enjoyable as well. So was kinda just sad. Missing home and how I was about a year ago in the mission or any other time but in the moment. I began to ask for help. First from my mission President and then from a few Elders that I knew from other areas that are now in my Zone. A few days went by and I started to feel better. Talking and getting out my thoughts and feelings was working and trying to be obedient as well.

Wednesday I ended up traveling to Comodoro. We took a six hour bus ride and got there in the night. That day was able to talk with my ex companion Elder Walker and a lot of friends I have made here in the mission. They updated me on how my old areas were and everyone is doing well. That helped me feel happy. Our convert from Trelew is going to go to the temple to do baptisms this September. Things like that help a missionary feel good. Thursday I spoke in a leadershiop meeting to all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders about obedience. I almost cried and made a lot of other missionaries cry. That wasnt fun, but I got through it. I talked to President Salerno my missiona president and he convinced me to stay in the mission. We made a plan that I will try and keep going. That the Lord has promised me blessings, and if I do what I am supposed to do He will bless me. The goal is to repend, change, and be the man that I and God hope and wish that I become in these next five months in the mission.

When I got back to my area in Puerto Madryn we started working hard. We put baptismal dates and brought people to church. We found new investigators and taught like crazy. All the work made me feel good. I was not as sad and I started to feel happy. I have begun to change. As it is still hard and I still miss home, I have made progress. There are still things I can not fix and I wish I could. I will continue to have patience and love God. My trust is in His hands, all I want to do is change myself. I know i will.

We are going to have a baptism in two weeks and three more in three weeks. I know it and I know that we can all change. I know that the Atonement of Chirst is real. I can feel it. I know it cause I am living it. I am trying to change. We only have to show faith and try and Christ helps us out. Yes we make mistakes, yes will might feel like we are the worst, but I know that that is only Satan trying to get us down. Expel him from your thoughts and your actions will change. I know it! I know the Book of Mormon is true. It is giving me power to change and repent. It is teaching me how to be a better person. It is teaching me the truths of our Heavenly Father and what we all must do to return with Him again. For I know I am His son, I know He loves me. I am not a father but I can imagine the love that one must have for his children. He loves us I know it. When times get tough and we want to quit what should we do? Satan tells me to quit, and everything else I have learned in my life tells me to suck it up, and keep going. When I hit a bad shot it golf do I dwell on that shot for the rest of the round? NO, we have to forget our faults, sins, and bad shots we have made, and we need we HAVE  to remember what we have done well and improve and keep doing those things well. Repent and change. Do it. I am trying. You should too. Read and pray and go to church and see the difference those three things make in your life. I promise you that you will feel Gods love and come to a knowledge that He lives and that His son is running His church on this Earth today. For I know this things are true.I love you all and know you love me. I can feel your support and thank you for it. Les Quiero mucho!

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:)

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7/10/17 Puerto Madryn

Dear Friends and Family,

These last few weeks have been rough. I have learned a lot and am trying to put it into practice. I have not figured out how to do it yet and it hurts. A few weeks ago I made a big mistake as a missionary. I learned a lot from this mistake and now know the importance of obeidence. The Atonement is real, but consequences are real as well. This is the first time in my life that i have felt almost completely alone. I am in a new area and in my zone I only know my zone leaders. I am in a city called Puerto Madryn. Its pretty and not as called as the other areas in the mission right now during the winter months. I feel like its my time to change and be a better missionary, but I have been trying and cant seem to get it right.

I am in a trio right now and my companions are Elder Michel and Elder Ward. Elder Michel is from Buenos Aires and Elder Ward is from North Ogden and lives just a few blokes from my grandparents. We have a lot of work to do and will baptize together. The hard thing is that I am really stressed trying to change myself and not seeing any progress. I am going to be okay I think. I know the Church is true and that the Atonement is real. I have now learned its hard to actually live it and be the person that has to change. I have to repent and become better. I know that its hard but that I cant do it if I keep trying. I am sad and feel alone right now because I dont know anyone and dont have anyone to really talk to.

If there is anything I want to say to you guys is that I know even though I dont show it always that the church is true. I know it. I know that everything inside the church in terms of doctrine is true. the atonement works miracles. Its my time to use it. learn from me and know that no matter what you have done you can come clean and become clean. It sucks cause you sit there and feel like crap, and dont know what to say to people, but I know in the end ill be okay! You will be okay. If you are unworthy or have something that you should confess. just do it and take the consequences. We can repent together. It will be hard, but it will be worth it. I know the Book of Mormon is true. Its time to read it together. Ill read if you read. Ill repent if you repent. Well Ill do it and I will hope that you do to. Les quiero and Im sorry this is kinda a sad letter but its where I am.

Carry on.

Elder Saunders

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See it. Feel it. Trust it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

6/19/17 Libro de Mormon:)

 Hola Todos,

Well, this last week we worked really hard. I am coming up on the six month mark in my area and its hard to want to knock the same doors, but my companion is helping me out a lot. We are really good friends, despite the total difference of personality. Elder Walker is one of the most spiritual missionaries I know and I love the how we actually teach with the Spirit. I have learned a lot from him.

This week we had Conference with Presidente y Hermana Salerno. Right now the mission is really focusing on the Book of Mormon. I love it and can feel the power of the Book in my life. Reading, Studying, and Teaching from it everyday is really changing me. I can feel it. It helps me get through the hard times. President really loves us and he made me cry when he hugged me! I have come to love the man a lot.

The biggest news this week is that Brenda is progressing like crazy. She has taken almost all the lessons she needs for baptism and came to church for the third time. Her baptism is this Saturday and we have really seen miracles with her. She has changed a lot and seems to love the gospel. She reads and prays every night. Something that I sometimes havent done. Read and Pray its really not that hard and youll see the difference in your life!:)

I know that this is the work of Jesus Christ. I know that we can repent and change our lives. There is nothing more beautiful than that. We are not perfect. We need Christ. I need Him, and He loves me. I know it. I felt it this week. I know the Book of Mormon is true scripture of God. The words are powerful and bring the Holy Ghost into our lives. READ IT!!!!! I know it will help you in whatever you are going through. Chirst loves you! Heavenly Father loves you! You are not alone. See Them in you mind, Feel Their love, and Trust in Thier guidance for you! Les Quiero.:)

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:)
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Monday, June 12, 2017

6/12/17 Prayers

 Hola Todos,

Another week in the amazing city of Trelew has gone flying by. Elder Walker and I are working hard and are seeing the hand of God in our efforts. My testimony is being strengthed everyday, and I feel like for the first time in my life I really can notice and feel the Holy Ghost in my life. The week began with sickness, and well ened with sickness. I have a pretty nasty cold that drains me of my energy and makes it hard to sleep, but I am able to get the stuff done that we need to, so I cant complain. Elder Walker gave me a blessing and wow, he can listen to the spirit. One of the most spiritual blessings I have ever recieved. He made me cry and it was a cute bonding moment.

Throughout the week when I felt up to it we got out and worked with the investigators I mentioned last week. Martin and Milagros a progressing but we recieved sad news for us that they are moving to the other side of Trelew...:( so we are going to help them move and give the address to the missionaries over there. They are reading and praying a lot and well they just really want to learn.

Brenda is progressing a lot. She is reading in the Book of Mormon and last night texted us about a few names that didnt make sense to her. She came to church again and went to an activity Saturday. She is amazing and I hope I will be able to see her baptism. We watched the Restoration with her and the spirit basically smacked as all. I love talking about the first vision because the Holy Ghost comes in every time and cleans up the spanish mistakes!

My testimony is growing. I was thinking about why last night and this morning, and the only thing that I could find that I am doing different is a lot more prayer. As a companionship and mission we are focusing on Prayer and the Book of Mormon. What two simple things that bring sooo much power. I have never said and heard soo many prayers in this last month. The Holy Ghost truly comes to testify when we show we want to feel and have Him with us. I invite you all to just do this... pray, pray, and pray some more. Then as you study and read from the Book of Mormon, your faith and knowledge will be increased. Through prayer you are going to show God that you want to learn and feel the Spirit more. I know that Heavenly Father will bless you with peace, guidance, and knowledge as you do this. Now all you have to do it, DO IT. Les Quiero mucho!:)

Elder Saunders

You are in my prayers and I know that Heavenly Father loves you very much. Have patience and keep Praying:)
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Monday, June 5, 2017

6/5/17 Prayer and Miracles:)

Hola Todos,

Alright to begin I would like to say that prayer is real. God our Heavenly Father really does listen to us. We can tell Him anything and He listens, and He answers. This week I have seen more of my prayers answered then any other week in my mission. Blessings are coming and we saw a lot of miracles and how God has used us as His instuments!  Before we had transfers I was praying a lot for a companion that could help me. Help me be better, be the missionary I have always wanted to be, and to just trust in the Lord in all I do. This week Elder Walker and I really opened up to each other and we saw the blessings of teaching in harmony and listening to the Spirit. Heavenly Father answered my prayers and I really love this kid Elder Walker.

Tuesday we started the day going to one of our investigators house. She wasnt there and we were kinda sad cause we didnt have much time to teach because the next few days we were going to Comodoro, but we started away and I felt like I had to knock on her neighbors door. Because I am me and stubborn I ignored the feeling and kept walking. Then the Holy Ghost basically smacked me and said that I better knock on the door and so i turned around and knocked the door. Brenda answered and we taught her about the Book of Mormon and when I saw her I felt like I already knew her. I am soo glad that we listened to the Spirit! 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we were in Comodoro and had our leadership counsel. I was blessed to be able to eat lunch with my convert Claudio Friday and with his brother who plays golf. I was able to hit four golf balls into a net! The little blessings. I had an interview with President Salerno and I left that interview excited for the next and final seven months of my mission!! I have come to really love that guy, well that Presidente Salerno! I said bye to the Sister missionaries that came with me, well the only sister that came with me. It was said and we both almost cried! The mission is hard with goodbyes. It was a good trip to Comodoro.

Saturday we taught everyone that we needed to come to church. It was amazing because they were all home. That is very rare so we were excited and happy to teach. We set a baptisamal with a girl named Amira for the 17th and her parents said she could sooo that was amazing. We are also beginning to teach the parents. We had an amazing lesson with Milagros and Martin and they want to get married and baptized! Time to just keep helping step by step!

Sunday we went to take Milagros and Martin to church and as we were waiting outside they house for them to get ready Brenda their neighbor came out of her house and saw us. I said Good Morning and then she said that she wasnt going to do anything and so I said Do you want to go to church and she said Yes let me change and lets go!!!! So ya blessings my friends! 
At church Milagros shared her testimony and it was amazing. She never had gone to church before, so it was a surprise for everyone! 

Well friends and family I have to let you know that I know that we are in the Church of Jesus Christ. Yes HIS church. The Church with his authority and to act in His name. I know that we can repent and change. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I read it. I prayed about it. I felt it was true. I know you can feel this too. Read, pray, and feel. I know its true. All of it. We can have eternal families if we live according to Christs gospel and make the coventants that God has offered to us. I love the mission. I know that I am not perfect, but through Christ and His atonement I have felt myself change and become closer to Him. Please please try to live a worthy life. Its a blessing and a safe gaurd to sadness and guilt! les quiero!!! 

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo!:) 

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