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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Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11/17 Miracles and Prayer

Dear Friends and Family,

This last week was pretty good. We continued working hard and using the tools that our leaders have taught us. Elder Aviles is amazing. He is really good teacher and helps a tone in our lessons. Jorge is still fighting hard to find work and its still really hard to find him. He has a goal to get baptized soon but we will see if he still wants to complete it. We have faith that he is feeling something. Time to have patience and give him his agency.

The miracle of the week was Juan and Maria. Alright we get to church and start waiting and waiting and then one of the members comes up and gives you the best hug and tells you that his friend is coming to church. Juan and Maria came and they have four kids. The kids stayed home cause they were sleeping but we will get them to church next week. The work really is a lot easier when... Members find for the full time missionaries! Go and share the gospel with your friends.

I want to share my testimony about prayer. This week wasnt easy for me. I have been pretty sick and down on myself. We are not perfect but I like to try to be and when I fail I sometimes dwell on the past for a long time. I have been soo stressed out that I have made myself sick again. I prayed the other night and it was after talking to one of my best friends in the mission Elder Febbo. I was hurting and he knew. He simply told me to take it to our Heavenly Father. So I did. When I prayed at first didnt feel a dfference. As I continued I starting to feel the spirit. Remember you can pray at all times and in all places. Whenever you need to, and He will listen! Its simple but powerful. Thats what I love about the gosple sometimes. I know its true. I know it, even though sometimes it doesnt seem like it is. Doubt you doubts before you doubt you Faith. Les Quiero mucho.

p.s. Story time... yesterday Mariano our baptism from a few weeks ago gave his first talk. We must have taught prayer a little to well because when he got up to the pulpit to speak he said, "To start I would like to share a prayer with yall." hahahaha okay so he just dips right on in to the prayer and starts talking about mexico and florida with the earthquakes and huricanes. He blesses the mexicans and his friends in florida. It was kinda awkward but funny at the same time because Mariano is a funny guy... So he finishes his prayer and gives a solid talk and spoke for almost 20 minutes. Never forget to pray when your nervous! HAHA we love Mariano:)


Con Amor,

Elder Saunders
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Monday, September 4, 2017

9/4/17 Hola Todos

Hola Todos,

This week went by crazy fast. We had a lot of little adventures and enjoyed the variety of the week. The week began in a trio because our District Leaders companion had to travel to the mission office to do legal work and was gone for two days. It was a nice change and we worked in the main part of town in Rio Gallegos in their area. Knocking doors in a new place brings a little spice into the mission sometimes. We found a few solid families and more than anything had fun being with three missionaries instead of two.

Then we spent Thursday until the end of the week here in San Benito. Our main focus has been on Jorge. He is an older man and his wife is a member. She was baptized two years ago and is a rock solid member. She was catholic so she has a few funny habits in praying the and in the culture of the Church. Every week she brings Jorge saying that he needs to find God. haha I love it and its what we are trying to do. They dont have lot of money and are struggling to find work. They always just tell us that it doesnt matter and that they are old and will die soon. Very sad, and we are working with them to have a happier attitude towards everything. If all goes well Jorge will be baptized in two weeks. He said he wants to, but doesnt know how to make it there. So thats why we are here to show him how!

I have been still thinking a lot about temples and how important they are. Keep putting goals to go and remember why you go. I know that as we are worthy to go to the temple and USE our temple recommend we will recieve blessings in all aspects of our lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. If you want a happier family, marriage, or life... READ IT! Read it together, read it out loud, read it alone. Do whatever you have to do to open the book and read from its pages. You WILL see the difference it makes it you life. I am slacked on my reading so lets step it up this week! I know we can do it!

We used our bikes this weekend and took them to the Zone Leaders pension so that we can get them tuned up. I enjoy riding a bike and it makes me feel like a movie missionary. haha Well I love you all and hope that you can feel our Father in Heaven`s love for you. For He loves you more than you can imagine!:)

Con Amor,

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:))

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Monday, August 28, 2017

8/28/17 Be Happy and Go to the Temple:)

Hola,

Well another week as gone by and we have been working hard down here in San Benito. Our friend Mariano was baptized!!! The service was amazing and most importantly he felt happy and clean. I have got to know my companion a little more, and we are still friends. We get along really well, and it helps when we teach. The other day we were contacting and Leo let us in his house. As we were ending the lesson he asked us if we practiced teaching together and we told him that we only knew each other for two weeks. He was surprised but looks like we are doing something right!

The people here seem to love to talk because everywhere we go we are finding new people to teach. The number one place we have found new people to teach is in the bus. To get to the main part of town or Rio Gallegos you have to take a bus that takes about 30 minutes. As we have waited for the bus we have found over 10 people!!!!!! Its crazy and I have never seen this before in my mission. Go Buses!!!:))

Again I want to talk about temples. After being here for 20 months I have missed the temple. I long to go and have started to really understand the importance of Temples. Why do we go to the temple? Why do we even have them? What should we do as we prepare to go to the temple? How much should we sacrifice to go? I invite you to ask these question to yourself and then answer them through study and prayer. You may already know why and what and when but dont go or show your knowledge. Go to the temple!! Go for me, and all the members here that wish they could see three temples from their bedroom window!

I know that temples are truly the house of the Lord. They are dedicated for that reason. Inside these temples we make covenants with our Father in Heaven. We must make these or we will not return to His presence. After making them, we must keep them. We must always strive to be worthy to have a recommend, and if you dont have one lets get one. Lets put the steps in process to become worthy. I promise you that as you strive to understand and go to the temple, you will be blessed one Spiritually, and two in your day to day life... like work, school, family, friends, sports,etc. God loves youi and wants you to succeed in all you do. Not just on Sunday when you go to church. He wants you to be happy all week long.

I love you all so much. I miss you, and hope that as we go to the temple we can recongnize and feel the blessings. I love being happy. Its why I am here. Be happy, and grateful for what you have! Les Quiero.

Elder Saunders del fin del mundo:)

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