Dear Everybody,This week was a great one. I really enjoyed being with Elder Sosa, I got the opportunity to hear Elder Gonzales (The president of the South America Area in the church), and I got to work hard. Emotionally, I have been a little drained. Two of the hardest things in the mission have been agency and people back at home. I love you people at home and I miss you, and it is hard not being able to be there with you in your trials! I hope you know I pray for you! The other hard thing are how people use their agency here, as missionaries we explain to them the ultimate solution to all problems in life - The Gospel of Jesus Christ. But lots of people hear the message a thousand times, and apply it 0 times. It is hard to watch them not do things to help themselves, and then hear them cry. It is sad to see someone so frustrated and alone, when they don't have to feel that way. I know with Christ's Gospel, "..the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing." (President Eyring, "Mountains to Climb).
So, my camera.. what happened? With President Thurgood.. the beach was banned. No missionary in no moment should go there. But, when President Nunez came, he told us missionaries that in the winter we could go! And we have gone a lot of times! And one of these times, I went with Elder Sanchez as we were getting ready to go eat lunch in the apartment. We set up our cameras on top of our bikes, a good distance from the ocean, and then started adjusting the settings to take a good picture.. Then woosh! A gigantic wave came in. We ran away to avoid getting wet, but when I noticed it, my camera had already fallen =( It was a sad day.
Anyways, Elder Gonzales spoke to us about our work as missionaries. He spoke very directly and clearly, leaving no room for doubts. We need to invite people to Christ as missionaries, and as Christ teaches no man can enter heaven with out baptism. As great as one's faith may be, as charitable as their actions may be, and as diligence as their work may be - We need baptism to come unto Christ and Heavenly Father. We need baptism to enter heaven (John 3:5). I testify to all of you that only baptism done under God's authority can allow us to come unto Christ completely, and that that authority is in the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I love you all, and if you are not a member of the church - I invite you to investigate it for yourself. Read the Book of Mormon, Pray to God, make it personal. I know He will answer you, and if you are willing to follow His answer you will hear it. I am praying for you people! Keep on!
Hurrah for Israel!