Friday, January 24, 2014

Elder Quentin L. Cook!

This past week was pretty much the same. Elder Salmons became ill on Friday night and could not work a lot on Saturday. It was good for me because I had to do everything and it made me stronger in our companionship. It felt great to serve him and others and it helped me realize how important it is to serve our fellow man. Also I was able to study a lot that day and that really helped me a lot.

Our investigator Juan Antonio Ramirez, who is still waiting for papers regarding his identity,  is progressing a lot spiritually. He always has good questions. On Tuesday we had a super good lesson and were able to answer his questions.  He still thought Jehovah was Our Heavenly Father, but using the book “Jesus the Christ” and some other scriptures we could help answer his questions. He's super strong and it is truly a miracle to see his progress. He was a pastor for another church for a long time before and he spoke very badly of the church and Joseph Smith.He already has a calling in the ward. I didn’t know if that was even possible, seeing that he isn’t baptized, but he's very happy and gets there early every Sunday to help.

We also had another very powerful lesson the other day. A member, a convert of 11 years ago, shared her testimony with our investigator. The spirit was so strong and testified to me that members are so important in the work of salvation. I see small miracles every day in our work and they’re helping me a lot in strengthening my own faith.

Yesterday, our meeting with Quentin L. Cook was really wonderful.  I loved everything that was taught to us. I really liked what Elder Amado said.  He told each of us that this is the best place where we can serve. It is the Promised Land, and the children of God here are anxiously waiting for me to find them.  Also, Elder Amado asked us if we see our mission as a sacrifice or a blessing. I think that before I saw it as a sacrifice, but now I see and understand it, as a great blessing

Sister Cook also spoke and I really enjoyed her talk. She talked about the power of music. Since I really love music and playing the guitar and singing, I really understood when I heard her words. The spirit testified to me the power that music and the hymns can have in teaching the gospel. I realize that I can use my talents in music to bless more of my investigators.

Elder Cook 's Speech was really amazing. He read D&C 31 and likened it to us, that the spirit cleanses us when we work. It helped me understand more what I need to do. He also told us that our main objective should be to increase our own faith in Jesus Christ. It made me wonder if I was really fulfilling that objective. I realized that even though I was working and doing the things that a missionary does, I was not really working on what should be my main goal. But now that I realize that, I will start to do more to increase my own faith and I know that I'll have more success in the work. 

I was able to see Elder Martinez again and to go to the temple which was great!!! Well love you guys but I’m out of time.
Love the Temple and Elder Martinez!

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