Monday, January 25, 2016

Worldwide Mission Conference

This week was a blast because we had a worldwide mission conference.  A broadcast was given from the motherland of SLC to every mission across the world focusing on repentance, baptism, and improving our teaching to share the restored gospel to all of Gods children.  I really enjoyed it even though we watched it at 6pm in Barcelona and had to run back to piso before it was late.  I really liked what Élder bednar said about how we are not the teachers, but the spirit is.  I have heard and read that many times but has not hit me until that moment.  We are to teach in an environment and in a way  that the spirit can touch the hearts of the investigators.  This is the lords work.  I am understanding it more everyday what it truly means to be a missionary. It is to invite others to Jesus Christ and his gospel.  We have the evidence called the Book of Mormon which clearly tells of Gods dealing with the inhabitants of the American continents and his goose, plus show that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.  Our efforts as missionaries of teaching this message are different than what other
missionaries and prophets have done in the past because the world is changing but his truth is the same and his messages shall be given to ever person.

does your piso have a heating system?  : yes
 How are the people that you are teaching doing?: okay many of them are not progressing very well or we can only visit with them once a week and we need to meet more frequently.
  You had mentioned that you had a couple of people planning to be baptized this coming weekend, how are they doing?: yes we have 4 people on fecha to be baptized this weekend.  We are very excited. 
Random thoughts

Thank you family for have the practice of family prayer and scripture study because I can see a big difference in the lives of less actives and nonmembers.

We had a great lesson with the plan of salvation with a man named Ramón who is on fecha for his baptism this week.

The gospel can change lives. It is the great medicine for mankind.

We ate tacos this week.

We were trying to find a street and we asked a woman for directions.  She pointed to the location.  We turned around and found her next to her car with her husband and her baby daughter.  She asked if we wanted a ride.  We were hesitant, but she pushed her husband to do so.  We got in and they were very nice to us.  We were dropped off and said thanks, but we're very grateful to visit with them, but felt kind of awkward for such a strange miracle.

A young woman we contacted complimented me on my Spanish.

We talked to a man who was taking out the trash and gave him a Book of Mormon, then had a followup visit the next day and he was there, a fixed visit!

We were leaving the worldwide conference and as we were going to catch our train, the station workers had just finished a train strike and were reopening the doors to the public,  we made it just in time to not miss our train.

I got a free book on saturday.  We passed by a less active named Jacobo, and he was moving and gave me a Catalan to Spanish dictionary. 

We cleaned the church on Saturday and I was really tired afterwards.  I wanted to take a short nap, but couldn't.

Interviews with president!  He is a great man, president Dayton. 

Our investigator family got married on Saturday and are progressing to be baptized on Saturday!

Dad do you know the show mr. Magoo?  A black and white cartoon of a man and his cat.

Church was really stressful, lots of confusion and people who made things a little difficult to feel the spirit, but my companion and I were asked to bless the sacrament.  I haven't blessed the sacrament in a long time, like since the first week of the Mtc.

Well family, I know that God loves us and we can know by the power of the Holy Ghost.  I am grateful that I get to pray a lot on the mission.  I get to pray in lessons, in the street, on the bus, when I am stressed, when I am happy, whenever.  I have been on my knees pleading with the Lord to make me into something new, someone helpful, someone to push the lords work along, but I learned this in my studies from Marc 2 from the institute Manual        "President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency shared the following experience to teach the importance of combining our righteous efforts with others:
Some years ago in our meetinghouse in Darmstadt, Germany, a group of brethren was asked to move a grand piano from the chapel to the adjoining cultural hall, where it was needed for a musical event. None were professional movers, and the task of getting that gravity-friendly instrument through the chapel and into the cultural hall seemed nearly impossible. Everybody knew that this task required
not only physical strength but also careful coordination. There were plenty of ideas, but not one could keep the piano balanced correctly. They repositioned the brethren by strength, height, and age over and over again--nothing worked.“As they stood around the piano, uncertain of what to do next, a good friend of mine, Brother Hanno Luschin, spoke up. He said, ‘Brethren, stand close together and lift where you stand.’“It seemed too simple. Nevertheless, each lifted where he
stood, and the piano rose from the ground and moved into the cultural hall as if on its own power. That was the answer to the challenge. They merely needed to stand close together and lift where they stood.“I have often thought of Brother Luschin’s simple idea and have been impressed by its profound truth. …“Although it may seem simple, lifting where we stand is a principle of power” (“Lift Where You Stand,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 53–54)."

We just need to stand and lift from where we are and we will be of good use to the Lord. I hope you all have a great week.  I love you. 
Con cariño
Élder Gonzalez

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