(This cute Hermana is also Hermana Johnson. She is from California and leaves next week. We both got these skirts at the Mexico City Temple Visitor Center. Oh the great people you meet on you mission!)
Central Capatacion Misional. They say the spirit is always so strong here, and it is, but it really is only what you make it. After another week of training with the same schedule, it’s easy for some missionaries to get complacent. But as I have worked hard to feel the spirit, especially in lessons with “investigadores”, I have received answers to prayers and confirmation that the only way to happiness is up and out. We must not become apathetic in our conversion or testimony, but siempre (always) study Christ and His teachings so that we may be more like Him. We made baptismal covenants and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. With that gift comes responsibility and with responsibility comes temptation. We must consistently live the Gospel and the basic principles that are taught. Daily repentance, remembering Jesucristo, and having more charity towards men are just a few examples of how we can stay on our individual path towards Christ.
On Sunday we watched a devotional given by Elder Bednar on a Christmas Sunday morning in the MTC. I don’t know if it’s readily available but if you can find it, the hour you will spend watching it will be WELL WORTH IT. He talks about the character of Christ, and how when he was suffering the most, He would turn out in charity and love when the natural man would turn in with selfishness and greed. There are countless examples in the scriptures, I encourage you to find them! Here is an ejemplo I really enjoyed.
After Christ had fasted for 40 days and been tempted by Satan, he learned that John was in prison. Now Christ must have been physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. The King James version says that after Christ had gone through this, angels ministered unto him. But if you look at the Joseph Smith Translation, it says that when Christ had learned of John in prison, he sent angels to minister to him (John). After all that suffering, Jesus turned out in charity to those he loved when most of us would have turned in.
One other point: it says in Alma 23:6 “…so sure as many as believed, or were brought to the knowledge of the truth…according to the spirit of prophecy, and the power of God working many miracles in them-yea, I say unto you, as the Lord liveth, as many of the Lamanites as believed in their preaching, and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.” My dearest friends and family, I learned something new and greatly important this week. A testimony is not the same as being converted. We may have a testimony and never obey the commandments or pray. To truly be a discipulo of Christ we must be converted unto Him and know of Him. This conversion will allow us to remain steadfast in Christ and “always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you…and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come“. No matter what happens in the world or the church, I pray that you and I may be converted to Lord, that our faith may be unshaken and we can live once again with God in the highest.
I love this Gospel. I love the diversity of people in it. I am so incredibly happy that I have the knowledge of Christ and his Atonement. We can live again! How awesome is that!? Let’s turn out in charity when the mortal in us would turn in. Hope this inspires you to be that best you can be, and only through the Atonement de Jesucristo, we can do ALL things.