Letter Received April 6, 2015
What an incredibly inspiring week! First of all, I’d like to apologize for my little #midmissioncrisis last week. It still just blows my mind! But I’m good. I’m feeling calm. :)
General Conference this week was literally out of this world amazing! Some of the recurring themes I saw were: marriage and family, the plan of salvation, and the doctrines of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end). IT ROCKED. How absolutely incredible is the great and perfect plan of redemption that our God has laid before us! I’ve been thinking a lot this week and throughout Conference about how I can deserve the love, grace, and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ. I just love Him so. As we understand this plan, our desires grow to live His doctrine. Our faith grows, we desire to repent, we follow His example to be baptized, and we enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost to be able to endure until the very end. We teach these principles every day! But how sweet it is to be reminded of the power in each one of those. And the why: we live His doctrine to become perfect and inherit all that He has, and to be an eternal family. Oh how I love my family, and how grateful I am for the guidance I received from them in my life and the hope we have of being an eternal family FOREVER! I just LOVED #LDSCONF!
But of all the amazing and inspiring talks given, my favorite would have to be from Elder Brent H. Nielson! Over the last few weeks, I have been studying, pondering, and sharing with many the simple but incredibly powerful parable of the prodigal son. Honestly, for 3 or 4 weeks I have been examining that small passage of scripture and have been searching for the words that I wanted to share with you guys in an email to explain my feelings for that little parable. I had not found those words, but Elder Nielson found them for me!
First off, the parable states:
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husksthat the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthyto be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
Elder Brent H. Nielson shared this with us. Here is a link to his talk. GO WATCH IT!
This is possibly my favorite passage of scripture, and my favorite #LDSCONF talk. If you haven’t already, I invite you to ponder this grand teaching of Christ in your lives! I have found how it applies to my investigators, converts, and the Peruvian members. I have found it apply in my family. But most importantly, I have found how it applies to me personally. As one of our investigators, Victor, taught us this week, “Wouldn’t it be nice to meet Jesus one day, hug Him tight, and thank Him for what He did?” Yes, Victor. He’s waiting for and watching each of us. I love you all and know the Savior does too! Hasta Luego!
P.S: Happy Easter!
P.P.S: All the gringos from the two Cajamarca Zones got a chapel to ourselves to watch conference, so you can bet we ate sandwiches for lunch (NOT RICE) and decorated eggs!!! #PARTY