Monday, April 24, 2017

Increasing and Decreasing

Banana Milk Shakes
This week flew by. We had divisions with the Hnas Herrera and Conte early on in the week. I set out with Hna Herrera who is from Chile and we passed by for about 20 investigators/ contacts and everyone and their dogs were busy, or leaving to run errands. So we walked around for hours but we were able to find a new investigator who is a love! And Hna Herrera is a great cook and made us all lemon pie at the end of the day!!! Yum!! 

This week we saw a big change in the Montenegro family. They are in the process of their conversion and told us of the change that they have witnessed since when we first started visiting them-how their faith has increased specifically their knowledge of the Savior, their understanding of the purpose of life. They accepted a baptismal date for the end of May, and when we passed by a few days later, their two daughters accepted a baptismal date as well. They understand the commitment that baptism is and they are starting the process of sacrifice and repentance through our Savior Jesus Christ!

We had a zone conference this week in which we stressed the importance of the doctrine of Christ. As missionaries our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ. Sin impedes us from living with God, because no impure thing can enter in the kingdom of God. The doctrine of Christ cleanses us from sin, we receive the remission of our sins if we exercise our faith in Jesus Christ, repent, are baptized, and receive and apply the gift of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Each and every person can know if this is true by asking God, because God can not lie. If we ask with real intent, God will illuminate our minds, and send peace to our hearts. We are inviting others constantly to ask God if this is his doctrine and if they should be baptized with his authority. This helps us focus on our purpose as missionaries and allows all to apply the doctrine in their lives so that they may be cleansed and purified and ultimately dwell in the presence of God. 

Update on my English, it is on a constant decline. As we talk (that's exactly how she wrote it:) an English class this week we struggled to remember common phrases that we frequently say in the US. The Spanish is still a struggle at times, haha but the majority of the time the people understand us. Our cooking skills are on a slight incline, even though our oven turns off on average every 5 minutes que pena!! My piano skills are increasing- we take turns playing the hymns for sacrament meeting. My hair is on a slight decline with the quality of water down here. My testimony is always increasing in height and depth. Life is just a roller coaster. Glad to be here and my love for this gospel and for my Savior Jesus Christ definitely increases day by day.

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Mathis 
Sisters at Zone Conference

Shots at Zone Conference

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