So this week we enjoyed divisions with hermanas and running rampantly through the streets of Rosario, into the heart of the city where we came to realize that people did not want to hear one word of what we had to say and rarely accepted a simple, free card with the image of Jesus Christ. But that did not stop us!! We worked with the Hermanas Conte and Pardo, from Uruguay and Chile, and De Wet and Zuniga, from Paraguay and Argentina Sur. We bonded with them this week and were able to feel a stronger connection with them and a real desire to help them in their areas. I love being a sister training leader and getting to know hermanas with all sorts of different backgrounds and unite in the faith with them and be edified together!
Fun Reunions at Stake Conference
This last weekend we had stake conference and were blessed to have a member of the 70 speak to us and profoundly interpret scriptures that I frequently read and had never noticed key details that he pointed out. He shared 3 Nephi 11, a chapter that we read over and over again because it is amazing. He asked us what the first thing that Christ taught when he came to the Americas, and we answered that he taught baptism and the doctrine of Christ. He shared verse 22: And again the Lord called others, and said unto them likewise; and he gave unto them power to baptize. And he said unto them: On this wise shall ye baptize; and there shall be no disputations among you.
The first thing that Jesus taught is that we should not have disputations. We should not fight. We should not dispute on the doctrine of Christ. This is so important!! There are many times when pride enters our hearts, and even amongst the saints we find reasons to dispute. But Jesus teaches us to follow his example, to treat others with equality and with love, and to teach His doctrine in the way that he taught us. He spoke of the importance of the sacrament, and how it is a sin to disregard the commandments that we know to be true, stating specifically that to attend church and to partake of the sacrament is a commandment, and there should not be anything that justifies us from this sacred time and the opportunity to receive the remission of our sins. He stated he cannot go one week without receiving the remission of his sins, a member of the 70 who lives a very righteous life. But he specified that we are constantly sinning, committing errors. We need to partake the sacrament and participate in the service, not just take the sacrament.
We are in a world that confuses bad for good and good for bad. Where sin is frequently committed and we wish to be in the world, but not of the world. How can we do this?? 9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspottedfrom the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;10 For verily this is a dayappointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;We can attend church, and keep ourselves unspotted from the world!!! Through the process of enduring to the end, attending church, strengthening our testimonies, reading the scriptures, praying, we are preparing for exaltation.
Christmas package that just arrived from a cute cub scout in my home ward